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Industry veterans on Canada Blooms’ stage

March 2, 2011  By Dave Harrison

March 2, 2011, Toronto – Several industry veterans will take to the
podium later this month as part of the Canada Blooms Education Series.

March 2, 2011, Toronto – Several industry veterans will take to the podium later this month as part of the Canada Blooms Education Series.

Speakers will include Jim Hole, Mark Cullen, Frank Ferragine, Denis Flanagan, Albert Graves, Charlie Dobbin and Paul Zammit.


Canada Blooms will run March 16-20 at the Direct Energy Centre along the Toronto waterfront.

Featured are over 200 hours of free seminars.

Jim Hole is a co-owner of Hole’s Greenhouses & Gardens, one of the largest retail garden centres in Canada. He has written numerous articles on horticulture and gardening for such publications as the National Post, Canadian Gardening Magazine, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and the Edmonton Journal, and is also co-author of a series of gardening books.

Mark Cullen is Canada’s best known gardener. Each week he reaches over one million Canadians through various media outlets, such as CTV/Canada AM, the Toronto Star and AM680. Mark’s book, The Canadian Garden Primer, An Organic Approach, features information on vegetable and ornamental gardens.

Denis Flanagan is best known for his gardening shows on HGTV and promotes the joy and benefits of horticulture through the Green for Life program at Landscape He has been involved in many prestigious projects, including work for the Royal Family. Flanagan is an award-winning horticulturalist, having achieved a gold medal at The Chelsea Flower Show, in addition to other award winning gardens.

Every Saturday morning, Charlie Dobbin hosts the GARDEN SHOW on The New AM 740. Charlie is an internationally known horticulturist and landscape designer. During her two-decade career, she has become well known for her professional gardening seminars and demonstrations, as well as for her prolific articles in newspapers and magazines on the subject. In 2002, Charlie started her own design and horticultural consulting company, Garden Solutions by Charlie Dobbin. She is also the horticultural director for Canada Blooms.

Albert Graves is a respected instructor of floral art at Humber College, who has taught some of the most talented young designers in the industry today. He continually searches for new and novel ideas to feed his unique talent of strict design ethos. His work has been used for the Dutch Queen’s birthday, visiting dignitaries, celebrities and various television shows.

Frank Ferragine (Frankie Flowers) is arguably Canada’s favourite and best known weather and gardening personality. As a weather and garden specialist, Frank can be seen daily on CityTV Toronto, as well as nationally on CityLine. His gardening advice can be found in Canadian Living magazine. Ferragine has twice been named Garden Broadcaster of the Year by Landscape Ontario. He also has a new book this year, Get Growing, which will be available at Canada Blooms.

Paul Zammit is the current director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden. He is a regular speaker at garden clubs and horticultural trade shows in Canada and the United States and has appeared on television and in print. He has also received numerous awards for his container designs.

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