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Blooms has programs for young green thumbs

February 24, 2010  By Dave Harrison

Feb. 24, 2010, Toronto,
Ont. – Make
March Break a memorable one for your family without heading south. This
Canada Blooms is providing family fun activities that will not only
but also educate families about gardening, nature and the environment.

Feb. 24, 2010, Toronto, Ont. – Make
March Break a memorable one for your family without heading south. This year,
Canada Blooms is providing family fun activities that will not only entertain
but also educate families about gardening, nature and the environment. With
free admission for children under 12, and plenty of activities for both parents
and kids, Canada Blooms will provide families with lasting memories from March
17–21 at their new location, the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.


“Canada Blooms celebrates our passion for gardening at our March Break
Festival, making it the perfect family fun destination,” said general manager
Gerry Ginsberg. “Families can spend quality time together, get in touch with
nature and learn about fun and different ways to grow their gardens over the
summer holidays”.



Instead of driving into the city, why not take the train? Taking your
kids on a VIA Rail train ride not only adds a memorable touch to your trip, but
it also allows you to spend more quality time with your family by talking and
playing games.

vangeest_at_blooms_2009VIA Rail is offering visitors to Canada Blooms a 10 per cent discount off
of best available regular fares in Economy, Business or Sleeper class. This
offer, for travel to Toronto, Ontario from March 13–25 inclusive, will be
available through the Canada Blooms website by clicking the on
VIA Rail button, as of Feb. 26, 2010. To access the discount quote VIA discount
Confirmation Number: 11925.



Do you have a patio, balcony or yard and have always wanted to grow food
with your kids? The City of Toronto’s booth will provide tips and tools to help
you and your kids grow truly sustainable vegetables, herbs and fruits in
any space. You will find information on balcony and container
gardening, water conservation, community gardens and more.

A children’s demonstration garden will also be on site to thrill kids
with live composting worms, a touch and smell garden to delight the senses, and
hands-on activities including scavenger hunts and crafts. Bring your children
to learn how they too can garden and grow food at home. 



Step into the Magical world of Tinker Bell – Pixie Hollow, a place Disney
Fairies call home and where every season is an important one. This four-season
garden walks you through the talents of each Disney Fairy: Rosetta the Garden
Fairy, Silvermist the Water Fairy, Iridessa the Light Fairy, Dawn the Animal
Fairy; and of course the most popular of all, Tinker Bell. Built through the
eyes of a child this garden is meant to inspire the senses, feel the magic of
pixie dust and celebrate the passion of children and their creative minds.

Developed by CITY TV’s Frank Ferragine, Jordan Murfin from Vast Exteriors
and Beth Edney of Designs by the Yard, this Disney Feature Garden awaits guests
attending Canada Blooms 2010.



Children can enjoy an array of activities including a Disney Video Movie
Area, Colouring Programs for Kids, Get your picture taken with Tinkerbell and
her friends, children’s face painting and education tips on gardening programs
for families.



Attending families will enjoy a special afternoon of interactive play in
the Rainbow Children’s Play Area. Climbing, swinging and sliding in the
Featured Area of Canada Blooms all in a supervised environment.



If you have kids considering a career in gardening and agriculture,
Canada Blooms is a great place to take them since many industry professionals
will be on site. The Skills Canada Competition will also be on site, which is a
competition that allows College students from across Ontario to compete in the
construction of a garden. This event will serve as a training and evaluation
project in preparation for the World Skills Competition.


Preview Party Celebration –
Celebrate the passion of spring at Canada Blooms Preview Party on
March 16. Tickets are $75 and include a light dinner and drinks. Stroll through
the gardens, experience the floral displays and be among the first to shop in
the Marketplace. Canada’s top-20 gardening personalities will be in attendance
to officially open Canada Blooms 2010!

RBC Speakers Series includes the Grey Power Celebrity Stage, Enbridge
“Gardening Solutions” Stage, CTS “Master Gardeners” Stage, and The Home Depot
“Garden Centre Stage – Each day, leading
experts from across North America address a theme – organic gardening and
ecology, plants, design and urban gardening. Don’t miss Mark Cullen and Denis
Flanagan presenting a daily roundup of festival highlights. Learn the latest
gardening techniques from Canada’s top experts on four interactive stages daily
throughout Canada Blooms.



• Wednesday, March 17, to Sunday, March 21.

• 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., (Wednesday to Saturday); 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday).

• The Direct Energy Centre, Toronto.

• Tickets are available online at
and at participating garden centres for a special advanced discount price of
$16. At the door – $18; Seniors, $16; Students, $16; children 12 and under are



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