March 9, 20187, Toronto — Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation this year, and that patriotic fervour is flowing over to Canada Blooms.
Besides celebrating the country’s sesquicentennial with a floral recreation of the Canada 150 logo welcoming all patrons to Canada’s largest floral and garden festival, the “Oh! Canada” theme of this year’s event is inspiring the popular feature gardens that, in turn, inspire Canadian gardeners and landscapers when putting together their own yards and creations.
“Expect to see stunning showcases with vibrant colours, alluring fragrances and captivating designs that will overtake your senses,” says Terry Caddo, general manager of Canada Blooms. “Come and see how our talented garden designers, builders and floral superstars get in the party mood as they interpret the theme of Oh! Canada.”
Set to open March 10th at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada Blooms will showcase these feature gardens:
Fafard Gardening Experience (Fafard) — The Fafard Gardening Experience is perfect for kids from 5 to 95. Come play in the dirt and discover the do’s and don’ts of planting and you can leave with a seed or seedling that you can take home to practice your new learned skills.
Canada is Proud as a Peacock (City of Toronto) — Toronto will celebrate Canada’s 150th with a peacock, because Canada is proud as a peacock.
All that Jazz — Canadian Talent (Creative Garden Designs and Lakeridge Landscaping) — Lakeridge Landscaping and Creative Garden Designs Inc. have collaborated for this the 21st show and the celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial with a musical take “All that Jazz – the Canadian talent.”
The Secret Garden Path (Genoscape with the Gord Downie-Chanie Wenjack Foundation) — A gentle meandering pathway that leads our guests through a natural setting surrounded by water. Along the way, you will find various gathering areas and artistic focal points situated throughout the display.
Celebrating Ontario’s North (Landscape by Evergreen and Elite Environments).
Do Up the Backsteps: Old Fashioned Fun (Garden Retreats) — Back to basics with Canadian flair.
Do Up the Backsteps: My Tiny Backyard Getaway (Green Art Landscape Design) — This cozy backyard is designed with relaxation in mind. Unwind in a hammock under the shady canopy of vines.
Do Up the Backsteps: Our Cozy Retreat (By Ginkgo Design & Home Smith Gardening)
Do Up the Backsteps: Muskoka at Home (Jackson Pond) — Inspiration for us has always come from the natural beauty of Canada’s streams and waterfalls. By recreating what Mother Nature has perfected, we’re able to create a truly Canadian paradise in our clients’ backyard.
Garden of Celebration (Royal Stone Landscaping and Aquaspa Pools Landscape and Design) — Every landscape should be a truly special place. It should be able to define your lifestyle while at the same time providing you with the utmost satisfaction and enjoyment.
Tranquility (J. Garfield Thompson Landscape Ltd.) — Crisp, clean, serene and tranquil in a natural setting.
Big Yellow Taxi (Landscapes by Lucin) — We have created a chic contemporary garden that references the elements upon which our country is founded. Fire for industry, water for relaxation and transportation.
Do Up the Doorsteps: Contemporary Small Spaces (ExperTrees) — Contemporary elegance in a small space.
Do Up the Doorsteps: Winter Interest — An Important Season (Down2Earth) — We are lucky to live in a country with 4 seasons. In most parts of our beautiful country, Winter is the longest season but often over looked.
Do Up the Doorsteps: Scandinavian Canadian (Melanie Rekola Landscape Design) — Cultural diversity and inclusiveness are distinctive qualities that make Canada shine!
Do Up the Doorsteps: 1867 (Greer Design Group) — 1867 garden design, with its classic stone walls and porch seating was an era of simpler times.
Do Up the Doorsteps: The Canadian Kaleidoscope (Ida’s Designs) — Canada is cohesive with a diverse culture that allows for a starburst of various creative talents.
Hollywood North (Flattery Design Inc.) — A piece of tranquility in a bustling city.
True North Strong and Free (Bancheri Brothers) — 150 years of Canadian roots bloom here!
Canada Our Way (Near North Landscapes) — Canada Day at the cottage. Good times, good friends, great country.
Over the Edge (Backyard Getaways) — This display is focused around one of Canada’s greatest natural features – Niagara Falls.
A Trip to the Future (University Pro Landscapers Paving, Pool & Spa) — A modern landscape design modeled after the ever-changing communities throughout Canada.
Year Round Fun — Celebrating Canada’s four seasons in your very own yard.
Dig Safe (Fern Ridge Landscaping & Vivienne Blythe-Moore) — Educating Ontarians about pipes and wires underground and the dangers of digging.
Northern Lights (Vaughan Landscaping) — Embracing our home and native land can be done by traveling cross-country or as easily as nestling in our own home landscapes.
Highway of Heroes Living Tribute Gardens (Brydges Landscape Architecture and the Landscape Ontario Team) — These gardens are inspired by the support provided by Landscape Ontario to the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute.
Botanical Art Exposition (TM Glass) — A magical exhibition of photography will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation and 150 years of Canadian flower horticulture. (See The First 150 Years of Gardening in Canada for more information.)
Botanical Bar (Toronto Botanical Garden) — This urban garden is intoxicating – full of natural beauty, country charm and wild elixirs that will raise your spirits and feed your soul. Discover how to infuse your urban space with plants that will increase your well-being and make a positive impact on the planet.
Canada Blooms Marketplace (Various Vendors) — Everything you need to start your gardening season off right.
Co-located with the National Home Show, Canada Blooms takes place March 10-19th at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
Now in its 21st year, Canada Blooms was founded by Landscape Ontario and The Garden Club of Toronto.
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