Rob Price Hellebore  

Direct Energy Centre, Toronto

An exclusive peek at Canada Blooms the Flower & Garden Festival

March 15-24 2013


Canada Blooms Garden 2013Timeless...What’s Old is New Again.
"In 2013, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association celebrates its 40th anniversary. To honour the occasion, members have collaborated on a garden reflecting the changes in garden use and design over the years. As you walk the garden path, enjoy the transition from natural, utilitarian function to a more contemporary, viewing garden. The theme of this year’s garden reflects the advancements of the horticultural industry over the years and the powerful message of sustainability,whether through food production or reusing materials. Stone, water, and plants are Landscape Ontarioelements that have been cornerstone building blocks of society over time, used to protect and feed loved ones or to provide a space to reflect and ponder."
Picture is a rendering of Landscape Ontario's 2013 Canada Blooms Garden.
Find out more about the Gardens and the Garden Builders at Canada Blooms 2013.

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Ireland Gathering

Parklane Nurseries and Tourism Ireland celebrate The Gathering Ireland 2013 by presenting The Gathering Spring Garden at Canada Blooms, a 2,600 square foot lush green landscape designed to bring the beauty of Ireland’s culture, history and scenery to life.  Venturing through a cliff wall into an intimate Gathering space visitors reconnect with the magic of people and nature.  Experience the mystery of standing stones, dolmens and turloughes all set amongst misty green mounds encapsulating the splendor of The Emerald Isle in spring. 

The Gathering is a year-long celebration of Ireland, its culture, heritage, sport, music and its people and features over 3,000 events and festivals taking place in towns, villages and cities across Ireland throughout 2013. Trevor Edwards

“There is something very mysterious, mystical and magical about Ireland,” says Anna Van Maris garden designer and president at Parklane Nurseries who was inspired to create The Gathering Garden following a recent visit to Ireland. Check out her blog on  for exclusive behind the scenes secrets in the making of this unforgettable garden. 

During Canada Blooms visit The Gathering Garden and meet one of Ireland’s leading celebrity gardeners Trevor Edwards; discover more about B+B Ireland, South East Ireland and The National Trust; and enter a competition to win a scenic driving holiday of Ireland, courtesy of Royal Irish Tours. For further details about The Gathering visit

Jump into Ireland Royal Irish Tours Parklane

Canada Blooms GardenWe have the answers!


Take in hours of seminars and demonstrations by Canada's industry experts on any or all of our 3 stages – Unilock Celebrity Stage presented by HGTV, Grey Power Garden Solutions Series in salon 102, and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Learning Stage – all located in Hall A, our knowledgeable presenters will be happy to keep you informed on the latest topics.


Visit the Master Gardeners of Ontario, conveniently located at the Lowe's information kiosks. These plant and garden experts can tackle any garden question you can throw at them.
If you come on a Sunday -- don't miss Sit Down Sunday, your opportunity to have a 20 minute one on one consult with a Master Gardener.
Sign up online
for your session.


Stop by the Scotts Miracle-Gro booth and "Ask an Expert". Scotts Canada professionals are ready, willing and able to answer any questions about lawn care, growing vegetables, controlling pests and more.


Talk to a member of a horticultural society. Gardeners Fare is located near the Toronto Flower Show and the Grey Power Garden Solutions Stage. These hort aficionados know what's what in the plant and flower world.Canada Blooms Flower


Ask a Canada Blooms Garden Builder. They are the top in their industry and they would be happy to talk to you about their garden displays, landscaping and more.

Ontario Trillium
Grey Power Insurance
Scotts Canada
Master Gardeners of Ontario

Dorothe - Fight Back

For 75 years, the daffodil has been a powerful symbol of strength and courage in the fight against cancer. 

Join us at Canada Blooms to welcome spring and celebrate life. Visit our booth at G13A to purchase a daffodil pin to wear during the month of April as a show of support for Canadians living with cancer.Canadian Cancer Logo

For more information on the Canadian Cancer Society, visit:


Toronto Flower Show Floral CarpetWe are excited to announce that one of the magical features of The Toronto Flower Show will be a spring meadow complete with a mare & her foal … all made of flowers!  This will be designed & constructed by members of the Garden Club of Toronto and will be a true showstopper.  What  a Garden Club of Toronto perfect remedy to the March weather so come and have your picture taken with this magical floral design.
Picture is of the 2012 Flower Show Floral Carpet

The International Competitors will be on the Unilock Celebrity Stage presented by HGTV on Monday, March 18 at 3pm-5pm.

Twings Tea of LondonStep back, relax and discover a world of exotic tastes in the Twinings of London® Tea Tasting Area. No matter what your mood, Twinings has over 40 distinct and mouth watering varieties of tea for you to enjoy.  Nine master blenders Twinings Canada travel the world seeking only the finest teas, spices, herbs and fruit infusions available, then expertly blend each one using techniques perfected for over 300 years.  Whether you’re in the mood for a refreshing Black, soothing Green or flavorful herbal, enjoy every sip while you take in the breathtaking sights of Canada Blooms. Don't forget to sign up today for Twinings Tea Mails!

Floral and Garden Pros at Canada Blooms

Neville MacKay


Grant Clawson

Neville MacKay“That Bloomin’ Neville!” CAFA, PFCI, is a highly talented floral Designer who is well known throughout the Canadian Industry for his creativity, flair, workmanship and entertaining personality. He has appeared on many national TV and radio talk shows across the country. His floral creations are loved by celebrities such as Rod Stewart, Glen Close, Kelsey Grammer, Princess Anne, and many show producers. Neville has also designed florals for the 1988 Winter Olympics, and the G-7 Halifax Summit Japanese and Soviet Delegations. Visit:
Neville will show you how to create stunning floral creations the Unilock Celebrity Stage presented by HGTV and the Government of Ontario on Friday March 15 at 1pm, Saturday March 16 at 3pm and Sunday March 17 at 2pm.

Neville is presented by:   

Grant ClawsonA Master Gardener, entrepreneur, and a man with a passion for landscapes, Grant has been gardening since he was 10 years old. He is the founder of Outdoor Home Staging: a unique take on the Landscape Maintenance business model. He partners with realtors, home owners selling their homes, and also those that aren’t selling but are looking for ways to increase curb appeal by changing or upgrading their landscapes. Grant sponsors and judges water wise landscape recognition programs, speaks on a wide variety of topics, publishes gardening articles, and is frequently quoted in the Homes Section of Sun Media Newspapers and on For more information on Outdoor Home Staging, please visit
Grant will show you how to Increase Curb Appeal Whether you are Selling, or NOT at the Master Gardener Stage, Monday March 18 at 11am.

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Landscape Ontario 2012 Garden

Congratulations to Donald Elliot of Goderich, ON, winner of 2 Canada Blooms Early Morning Tour Tickets.

Have you got your ticket to a private tour of the beautiful Feature Gardens! Book now, no lines, no crowds.
Canada Blooms enthusiasts know that Early Morning Tours are the best way to start off your visit to the show. Let a knowledgeable tour guide tell you all the inside information of how those magnificent gardens are put together. Tickets are only $40 and include all dayadmission to the festival Newport Private Wealthand the National Home Show. A limited number of tickets are available and they must be purchased in advance.
NEW FOR 2013: Special Evening Tours. Visit our website for details.
Don't miss out purchase your tickets online.
Picture by Tweaked Solutions, garden by Landscape Ontario

OrchidsSpring arrives with the expectations of flowers.  How about an orchid?  Although enthralled by their incredible beauty, many of us resist out of trepidation.  How will we water, feed and pamper such an exotic creature?  Would we even dare to coax it to bloom again?   All these questions and yet more mysteries revealed at the Canada Blooms Master Gardener presentation –The Orchid; Daunting Diva, Evocative Evolutionary or Humble Houseplant’ -- Wednesday, March 20th, 2pm in Master GardenersSalon 102.  Warning – after attending this presentation you won’t leave Canada Blooms without at least one orchid amongst your purchases!
Master Gardeners will be presenting on many topics including roses, hydrangeas, trees and even wonder willow!   Check out the entire schedule at   While you’re there be sure and contact your local Master Gardener group with those questions that just can’t wait.

Paul Lafrance

HGTV's Paul Lafrance
Presenting: The Backyard Revolution

Outdoor living spaces get the five-star treatment with host Paul Lafrance’s custom designs on HGTV’s Decked Out. With more than 15 years of experience under his (tool) belt, he has quickly become the go-to guy for Canada’s most discerning homeowners. Learn how to achieve nirvana in your own outdoor oasis, plus how to:Master Gardeners of Ontario

• Increase your property value by creating an outdoor space
• Identify the proper wood and materials to build a deck that withstands weather elements
• Tips on DIY deck-building and preventing the most common mistakes
Be sure to check out Paul’s backyard transformation tips and tricks, live on the Unilock Celebrity Stage presented by HGTV , Saturday March 16 at 1pm. Visit the National Home Show website for a full list of guest experts. 

pickOntarioDid you know that some of the best cut and potted flowers and plants at your local florists are grown right here in Ontario?
pickOntario represents the flower growers of Ontario and promotes the beautiful flowers they grow! These growers produce 75 varieties of cut flowers, 120 varieties of indoor potted plants and many more outside gardening plants in their greenhouses here in Ontario. At Canada Blooms, Ontario growers will be selling many of the flowers that they grow. It is important to know what types of flowers are grown in Ontario so that you can support the Ontario economy and buy fresh local Ontario cut flowers and potted plants! Come visit the booth to purchase your Ontario flowers and learn more about the Ontario floriculture industry!  Love Life, Pick Flowers!
Drop by pickOntario Growers’ booth and meet the Ontario growers and see the flowers that they grow in their greenhouses here is Ontario! There are so many cut flowers and potted plants grown in Ontario and at the pickOntario Growers’ booth, these products will be available for purchase. There will also be various demonstrations and educational segments on stage in the pickOntario Growers’ booth daily.

The Flowers of Rock'n'Roll - Nemo Nauta & 'Elvis Presley'
Floral designer and instructor Nemo Nauta (CIFD) shows us true art as he designs beautiful arrangements with Ontario flowers and ‘Elvis Presley’, will be singing to and giving these bouquets out to a few special women!
3 pm, Friday March 15
Roy "Elvis Presley" Leblanc will also be on stage Thursday March 21 at 2pm

Flower Arranging With Flair - Albert Graves
Albert is a veteran of the Canada Blooms stage and is well-known among all those who attend! The designs that he creates with Ontario flowers will have women up and dancing in their chairs with hopes of bringing one of his beautiful local creations home. To watch Albert in action at Canada Blooms click here.
1 pm, Saturday March 23
Albert Graves will also be on stage Friday March 22 and Sunday March 24 at 2pm

Floral Superstars
Join emcee Nicholas Smith (Opening Night Flowers) and Annabel Yarnell (Thistles and Twine) and enjoy a special afternoon with the Floral Superstars, a talented, somewhat rowdy group of the most highly acclaimed florists in Ontario.
1pm, Tuesday March 19 and 4pm, Friday March 22

Albert Graves
Albert Graves
Nemo Nauta
Nemo Nauta
Roy 'Elvis Presley' Leblanc
'Elvis Presley'
Roy Leblanc
Nicholas Smith
Nicholas Smith

Canada Blooms 2012

Congratulations to
Norma St. John of Kingston, ON
Winner of Canada Blooms
Garden Centre Contest

Norma is the winner of the Grand Prize package which included
3 Nights Accommodation at the
InterContinental Toronto Centre
VIA Rail Train Return Transportation
for 2 to Toronto and
Daily Passes to Canada Blooms
Canadian Nursery Landscape Association InterContinental Toronto VIA Rail

The InterContinenal Toronto Centre is a Canada Blooms' recommended hotel partner.InterContinental Toronto

The 4-Diamond InterContinental Toronto Centre brings together ideal downtown location, plush accommodations, state-of-the-art technology, meeting facilities and the very best in customer service. Their stunning hotel is a luxury landmark in Toronto, a masterpiece of modernism designed to fulfill every need of the global traveller. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto at Front Street, steps from Toronto's famed Entertainment District. The hotel is also connected to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and just moments away from the CN Tower, Rogers Centre (SkyDome) Air Canada Centre and Historic Union Station.
Offering a special Canada Blooms rate of $109 per single/double until March 1, 2013. Book today!

For more contests and special offers check out our contest page regularly.

Canada Blooms has flowered into one of the top three shows of its kind in North America thanks to the Tulipsdetermination 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.  We still need volunteers in all areas for our 3rd shift (5-9PM).  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 pm.
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).
This year every volunteer will receive a ticket to the festival (Canada Blooms/Home Show).  See the festival the day of your shift, and return another day to view the festival at your leisure.
Come and volunteer (register online now), Canada Blooms needs you to flourish!  

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