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Local flowers brighten Canada Blooms


April 16, 2010
By pickOntario

canadabloomsWEB EXCLUSIVE

Local flowers brighten
Canada Blooms

The Direct Energy Center in Toronto was filled with the hum of
conversation and the wonderful aroma of flowers as Canada Blooms set
the stage for a wonderful floral experience.

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 One of the many displays at
Canada Blooms.

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April 16, 2010 – The Direct Energy Center in Toronto was filled with the hum of
conversation and the wonderful aroma of flowers as Canada Blooms set
the stage for a wonderful floral experience.

Canada Blooms, held March 17-21, 2010, is a flower and garden
festival, open to floral experts and consumers alike. pickOntario
simply could not miss out on the opportunity to gather with such
companies as Landscape Ontario and Home Depot, to bring about this
event.

The pickOntario display showcased designs from 13 different flower
growers from all over Ontario. Albert Graves created displays that best
complimented each grower’s specialty flowers. All of the products used
in these displays were available within the pickOntario booth for
purchase.

On Thursday morning, some Ontario floral designers showed off their
talent in pickOntario’s Floral Superstar show. Host, Neville MacKay,
engaged the audience with his uplifting personality, as the florists
each created their own masterpieces using Ontario grown flowers.

One of the many attractions at the show this year was The Magical
World of Tinker Bell. This miraculous garden produced by Frankie’s
Flowers and sponsored by pickOntario showcased fairies made out of
flowers and plants. This garden attracted the younger audiences and
children participated in face painting while learning all about flowers
and plants.

Floral design shows, sponsored by pickOntario, were done daily by
renowned floral designer Albert Graves. Albert got women out of their
seats and onto their feet, dancing, to win one of his custom made
bouquets. This year, not only did women rise for the dance challenge,
but so did men in the audience. A gentleman celebrating his 92nd
birthday danced his way to receive Albert’s last bouquet of the day.
Albert wowed the audience with not only his design talents, but also
with the knowledge of where each flower used was grown. Albert takes
great pride in supporting local products, and promoted growers such as
VanGeest, Pioneer Flower Farms, and Rosa Flora.

Dean
Shoemaker, executive director of Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc,
commented that “We are so pleased with the turn out of this year’s
Canada Blooms. Consumers are becoming more and more aware of the
benefits of buying locally grown flowers and potted plants.” The
reasons are clear, when you pick Ontario, you are ensured freshness,
variety, and quality. pickOntario looks forward to continuing the buy
local campaign for 2010.

To see more photos from Canada Blooms, visit our photo gallery.


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