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pickOntario to push local plants at Canada Blooms

March 12, 2014  By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Mar. 12, 2014, Toronto — PickOntario will shine a spotlight on locally grown plants during this year's Canada Blooms festival.

Canada Blooms runs March 14 to 23 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. During the festival, pickOntario will be on hand, celebrating local horticulture and helping deliver on this year's theme: "Wild – Connecting People to Nature."

"Canada Blooms will be especially welcomed this year by flower and gardening enthusiasts who are looking forward to their first taste of spring after this long cold winter," said Dean Shoemaker, Flowers Canada (Ontario) executive director. "Attendees will enjoy the wonderful sights of fresh gardening and will be able to take a piece of spring home with them from our pickOntario Growers' Marketplace."


During Canada Blooms, pickOntario will host a number of special events, including:

  • pickOntario Bouquet Battle on March 18 and March 22, when professional florists will demonstrate their creativity on the main stage
  • pickOntario Day on March 21, when consumers will meet growers and have a chance to win free bouquets
  • Fantastic Floral Presentations with pickOntario on March 22 and 23, when floral and gardening experts will share their experience and knowledge

"We are excited about partnering with Canada Blooms for another year," said Nikki Gomes, marketing director for Flowers Canada (Ontario). "We pride ourselves on educating consumers and our growers' quality plants and flowers, reminding consumers that buying Ontario grown flowers and potted plants ensures not only product freshness and variety, but supports the local economy and promotes environment and health benefits."

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