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An exclusive peek at Canada Blooms: The Flower & Garden Festival

Canada Blooms 2015

for making Canada Blooms' 19th annual festival a huge success, we couldn’t have done it without you! 
Over 174,000 visitors joined us at the co-located 2015 Canada Blooms Festival and National Home Show. Landscape designers and builders, professional florists, Toronto Flower Show competitors and presenters showed a wide range of creativity as they got playful with our theme "Let's Play".

This year we moved hall location. With thelower ceilings, we strived to create ambiance with dramatic lighting in the over 22 beautiful feature gardens, which included everything from small space design to a turf display (and even included an inukshuk from Allstone Quarry) to a Rain Garden Calculator. There were stunning displays by Professional Florists who took on the additional challenge of working with a chaise lounge, imaginative entries in the Toronto Flower Show which included both regional and international entries, the New Plant and Product Showcase highlighted the new plant varieties, the Green Marketplace, and hundreds of free lectures and demonstrations on 3 stages: the Unilock Celebrity Stage presented by Sigmadek, the Active Adult Garden Solutions and Master Gardeners Educational Series and the Harrowsmith Gardening Digest Learning Stage. 

Thanks again for a great event and mark your calendars for next year: March 11-20, 2016

A Japanese InfluenceAdults Play at NightThe winner of the Judge's Choice for Best Overall Garden was "A Japanese Influence" by J. Garfield Thompson Landscape, "A Japanese influence" also won Outstanding Use of Trees and The Humber Nurseries Award for Best Overall Use of Plant Materials.

The Toronto Star Sheridan Nurseries "People's Choice"
winner was "Adults Play at Night" by Genoscape. Genoscape also won the S.G. Ulbright Award for Outstanding Garden, Medium Size, and the Perry Molema Award for Outstanding Use of Water presented by Aquascape.

For a list of all the feature garden award winners click here.
For a list of all the Toronto Flower Show winners click here.
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Bouquet ImageWe would like to express our appreciation to a wonderful line up of incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic speakers and presenters, from Paul Zammit's Planting for Pollinators to Jim Hole's Developing a Sense of Humus presented by the Compost Council, from The Pond Stars presented by Aquascape to the Celebrity Flower Arrangers, and Frank Ferragine's Taking the Work out of Gardening to Mark Cullen & Denis Flanagan's Find Growtopia presented by ProMix. Thanks also to the sponsors of the Stages and Education Series: Unilock, Sigmadek, Master Gardeners of Ontario, Toronto Botanical Garden, Active Life Magazine and Harrowsmith Gardening Digest.
Thanks also to pickOntario for providing the flowers for Jennifer Harvey & Elvis and the Floral Superstars.

We appreciate the great wealth of knowledge Workshops supplied by our workshope instructors who provided special programs: Mark Trusz (Photography), Jennifer Harvey (European Displays), Ashley Waltho of the Canadian Institute of Floral Design (Easter Centrepieces), and Floral Dimensions (Succulent Planter), for the generous donation of kits and plants for our workshop.
InterContinentalWe would like to extend a special thank you to Tena Van Andel and the members of the Master Gardeners of Ontario for all their hard work in helping to create a unique horticulture experience at Canada Blooms. Wearing many hats, you might have seen the dedicated volunteers as they offered garden tips and how-to ideas at their advice clinic. Or perhaps you took an early morning tour with a Master Gardeners of Ontarioknowledgeable Master Gardener guide, enjoyed one of their many lectures or presentations as part of our educational line up.
If you didn't have a chance to take advantage of these devoted and enthusiastic gardeners, then start planning now for next year!
BusThe Guelph Horticultural Society Garden Tour
The Guelph Horticultural Society invites you to come visit a lovely cross-section of 8 unique outdoor spaces. Each garden will also feature a local artist and there will be refreshments and great door prizes. Please join us for a wonderful afternoon in some of Guelph's backyard secret gardens.
Date: Sunday July 5, 2015 (rain or shine)
Time: 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Ticket Cost: $10 per person (children under 12 are free, no pets, please)
Advance Tickets: Royal Nursery, Brock Road Nursery, or any garden on the day of the tour.
For more information visit or call Harriet Hull 519 826 0310


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