'Blooms' a first sign of spring

March 13, 2009
Written by Canada Blooms
March 13, 2009, Toronto – From March 18 to 22, 2009, Canada Blooms returns to Toronto to transform the Metro Toronto Convention Centre into Canada’s largest flower and garden festival.

This year, the Festival celebrates the best of Canadian gardens and explores the tradition of gardening and horticultural excellence from across the country.

Canada Blooms 2009 will feature a paradise bursting with six acres of glorious gardens in full bloom, more than 100,000 square feet of green-thumb shopping, over 200 hours of seminars, workshops and demonstrations, a special children’s area, and more.

“For 13 years, Canada Blooms has been one of the first signs of spring for Canadian garden-lovers,” says general manager Gerry Ginsberg. “And because the official first day of spring falls in the middle of the Festival, we’re planning to welcome it in style.”

Canada Blooms is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven event that promotes awareness of horticulture and offers a platform to showcase outstanding floral and landscape products and services. To date, over $500,000 in Canada Blooms’ show proceeds have been reinvested into community horticultural projects. This year’s proceeds from Canada Blooms will benefit the Toronto Botanical Gardens’ children’s programs.

The 2009 Festival features:
• “Outdoor Living Central Gardens” from presenting sponsor, The Home Depot. This garden includes a private retreat and patio. Home Depot will also host a series of speakers providing great ideas for home and gardens on the “You Can Do It” stage.
• Jackson-Triggs and Inniskillin return with the “Niagara Wine Garden,” at which visitors can experience the ambiance of Ontario’s premier wineries in an urban setting.
• Produced by the Garden Club of Toronto, Canada Blooms guests will have the opportunity to show off their green thumb in Canada’s largest open flower competition taking place throughout the Festival.
Albert Graves, of Bloemen Décor, coordinated a display by Ontario growers in 2008.
• The popular “Canada Blooms Marketplace” is back this year and is bigger than ever. Discover new treasures for your garden as you shop along "Pick Ontario Place" and choose from designer innovations, including outdoor living accessories, the newest plants and the latest in gardening gear and décor.

Canada Blooms runs Wednesday, March 18, to Sunday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. It’s held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – South Building.

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