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Parklane Rain Game GardenThe Feature Gardens at Canada Blooms will showcase how landscape designers, architects and contractors interpret the 2015 theme -- "Let's Play". Expect to see a stunning exhibition of vibrant colours, alluring fragrances and captivating designs that will overtake your senses.
One of this year's featured gardens is  Parklane's  "Rain Game" , Sponsored by The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. The RAIN GAME challenges visitors to think of how each of us can capture rain in our gardens to help control Storm-water run-off and recharge the water table. Come see examples of how to deal with Storm-water by creating a Rain Gardens, a Soak away, Infiltration Swales, ParklanePermeable Paving and fun Artistic Downspouts. As well you are invited to think about the watershed your home is located within and see different ways to play with Rain. Slow it down, Soak it up and Keep it clean. 
The Parklane team welcomes visitors to discover how to calculate the size of rain garden suitable for their own home using their Rain Calculator and to take part in daily design workshops.
Picture: Rendering of the Parklane Rain Game Garden.
This project has received funding support from the Government of Ontario. Such support does not indicate endorsement by the Government of Ontario of the contents of this material.

June Callwood ParkRepresentatives of The Garden Club of Toronto (GCT) in partnership with the City of Toronto joined June Callwood's family members at the Fort York community on October 4th to celebrate the opening of June Callwood Park located at 636 Fleet Street. The new park honours the late June Callwood, a Canadian journalist, author, advocate and activist, through its design and art installation.
The park, designed by gh3, is an inspired space for unstructured play echoing Callwood's interest in social justice issues especially involving children. The design uses Callwood's comment, "I believe in kindness" and physically maps its voiceprint throughout the area. The park includes a reflecting pool, lighting, granite paving and benches, a hedge maze and over 300 varied tree species.
The Parks, Forestry and Recreation department of the City of Toronto invested over $2.6 million in the park, $35,000 of which was donated by the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Canada Blooms, Patricia Martin (in memory of Robert Martin), Mary Sinclair, family and friends of Les Luka, and members and friends of GCT contributed $146,000 to purchase and plant the gardens and crabapple trees. Together with in-kind donations from Landscape Ontario, Earthco, and The Printing House, these private donors have helped to make June Callwood Park a reality.
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Picture: Ellen Carr, President of the Garden Club of Toronto, Jill Frayne, daughter of June Callwood
and City Councillor Mike Layton cut the ribbon to open the park, image by Craig White
Niki & TaraNiki Jabbour, garden writer, radio show host and author of the best selling books, Groundbreaking Food Gardens and The Year Round Vegetable Gardener, and Tara Nolan, garden writer, editor and digital consultant; make up one half of Savvy Gardening (www.savvygardening.com), a website where fresh gardening voices come together to revel in the charms and fascinations of the horticultural world.
At Canada Blooms, Niki and Tara’s passion for edibles and ornamentals will converge in a lively presentation about how you can use kale to complement your calibrachoas, why your peas needn’t be separated from your petunias – and other inspiring examples of how all these plants can get along like one big happy family in the garden.
Join Tara and Niki, March 13 at the Active Life Garden Theatre and don't miss Niki on the Unilock Celebrity Stage.

PoinsettiaTaking care of your poinsettia.
In Canada, poinsettia are the most popular of all Christmas houseplants. Millions of poinsettia are purchased each year during the Christmas season by people who enjoy the colour and warmth they provide to the home. Proper selection will help to ensure a long lasting plant that you will enjoy throughout the Christmas and winter months.

With proper care, your poinsettia will last through the holiday season and right into late winter. Pay close attention to the following tips:
  • Place in a roLandscape Ontarioom where there is bright natural light but not where the sun will shine directly on the plant.
  • Keep the plant away from locations where it will receive hot or cold draughts.
  • Place the plant high enough to be out of reach of unmonitored children and pets.
  • Set the plant in a water-proof container to protect your furniture.
  • Water the plant thoroughly when the soil surface is dry to the touch. Discard any excess water which remains in the saucer after 10 minutes.
  • The bright colour of the bracts will remain longer if temperatures do not exceed 22°C.
Reflowering your poinsettia
If you cannot bear to throw your poinsettia out when it is finished providing colour, you may want to try your hand at reflowering your poinsettia next year.
December Full bloom. Water as needed.
April Colour fades.
Keep near sunny window and fertilize when new growth appears.
Cut back stems to about 20 cm.
June 1 Repot if necessary.
Fertilize with a balanced formula 20-20-20.
Continue to water when dry to touch.
Move outside if temperatures do not fall below 10°C.
Place in light shade.
Late August Take inside.
Cut stems back, leaving three or four leaves per shoot.
Sunny window.
Water and fertilize as needed.
Sept. 20 'til December 1 Keep in light only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Put in dark (NO LIGHTS) 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Remember the key to success: Follow the strict light/dark instructions carefully.

-- By Landscape Ontario: landscapeontario.com/home-care-tips-for-your-poinsettia

VolunteersCanada Blooms has flowered into one of the top three shows of its kind in North America thanks to the determination and enthusiasm of our volunteers. To make the festival better than ever we need your help and expertise. Come, join us for a Gardener’s Getaway, work a little, play a little and share in the excitement.
If you volunteered last year, invite a friend or two to join you. 
This is a great opportunity for students who need to complete community service hours or for people just looking to do something for a great worthwhile cause (promoting gardening and horticulture).
As our thank you to you every volunteer will receive a ticket to the festival (Canada Blooms/Home Show).  And if you host the ice cream carts for 2 or more shifts we will provide you with a special pass offering over $500 worth of savings at local attractions.
This year we will be using a new volunteer system. When you sign up you will be sent a code that will allow you to see which positions and times are available and you can choose where you would like to help out. If you don't have access to email, contact the Volunteer Coordinator: Martha Walsh at 416-447-8655 x 27.
Come volunteer, Canada Blooms needs you to flourish.
Please note that both the TTC and GO Train have stops near  the Direct Energy Centre, also from Monday – Friday Parking will be FREE after 4:00 pm.
Jump on Spring Toronto Botanical Garden's 19th Annual Horticultural Open House presented in partnership with the Ontario Horticultural Association, District 5
Get the Jump on Spring!
Saturday, February 21, 2015 10am to 4pm.
Beat the winter blues at the Toronto Botanical Garden's annual open house for horticultural societies with 20+ exhibitors, garden-related vendors, demonstrations and presentations, "Love in Bloom" floral design competition, free gardening advise, winter garden tour, and TBG LogoOrganic Farmers' Market.
Enjoy lunch in the Jump Cafe and be sure to visit the Garden Shop for special discounts. NEW! Drop-in childcare (ages 4-10).
FREE ADMISSION, FREE PARKING
$2 DONATION APPRECAITED.
Those who donate will be entered in Free Draws, 1 Every Hour!
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 a very Merry Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

Are you looking for a great Holiday Gift?
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Regular Admission tickets are available online,
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As a special thank you to all our supporters, exhibitors and volunteers
we invite you to take advantage of our 2-for-1 holiday special
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Now until December 31st you can purchase up to
4 Adult Admission tickets (2 x 2-for-1) for 50% off.
(Note Children 12 and under are FREE).
Use the ticket link and enter Promo Code: HOLLY.

Thanks to all the sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers
who make Canada Blooms the most wonderful gardening experience of the spring.
We appreciate all your support!

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