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Growers in spotlight at Canada Blooms


March 8, 2016
By PickOntario

March 8, 2016, Toronto — Admire the beauty of flowers harvested and grown in Ontario and join the strong sense of community by supporting Ontario’s floriculture greenhouse growers at the 20th annual Canada Blooms, March 11-20 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

PickOntario represents the flower growers of Ontario and promotes the beautiful flowers they grow. These growers produce over 1,000 varieties of cut, potted and outside bedding plants in their greenhouses across Ontario. By purchasing local flowers, you are receiving quality and freshness, while supporting greenhouse growers and over 7,000 employees.
 
“This initiative aims to engage and educate consumers about Ontario’s floriculture,” says Dejan Kristan, marketing director for PickOntario. “It is important to know what types of flowers are grown in Ontario so that you can support local businesses and the economy, and buy fresh, Ontario-cut flowers and potted plants.”
 
PICKONTARIO ACTIVITIES AT CANADA BLOOMS:

3,000 square foot booth: Check out PickOntario’s booth directly between ‘The Home Show’ and ‘Canada Blooms’.

Floral Market: Purchase fresh flowers from these nine Ontario growers; Aldershot Greenhouse, Northend Gardens, P.Ravensbergen & Sons LTD., Foliera, Cosmic Plants, Harster Greenhouses Inc., Van Geest Brothers LTD., Vanzanten Greenhouses and Pioneer Flower Farm.
 
“Curriculum Connections”: Learn about Ontario grown flowers and plants and explore the different meanings and feelings associated with floral colours alongside the 80 foot long “Educational Wall.”

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PickOntario Designer Challenge: Watch designers craft beautiful bouquets on March 16 at 1:00 p.m. and March 17 at 2:00 p.m. You might be able to nab yourself a beautiful bouquet!
 
Main Stage Presentation: Don’t miss PickOntario on the main stage. Enjoy a show with award winning certified floral and event designer, Jennifer Harvey, alongside a famous Elvis look-a-like on March 13 at 4:00 p.m. and March 18 at 11:00 a.m.

PickOntario Day: Celebrate this special day on Sunday, March 13. Visit booth G2 for chances to win various prizes throughout the day.
 
For more information, please visit www.pickontario.ca. Follow @pickOntario on Twitter and Instagram, and like them on Facebook.
 
ABOUT PICKONTARIO

Pick Ontario is a comprehensive marketing communications campaign developed by Flowers Canada (Ontario) Ltd. to raise awareness, interest and demand for Ontario-grown cut flowers and potted plants.

Launched at the Grocery Innovations Tradeshow in October 2007, the fully integrated strategy includes PR, media relations and outdoor advertising initiatives intended to promote the reasons why consumers and retailers should Pick Ontario. When you Pick Ontario, you are supporting the more than 250 greenhouse farmers who employ approximately 10,000 people in our province.


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