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An exclusive peek at Canada Blooms: The Flower & Garden Festival
Festival and Events OntarioCanada Blooms recognized as one of the Top Festivals in Canada
Top Events Canada has recognized Canada Blooms as one of the Top 8 Flower Festivals in Canada and one of The Top 20 Events and Festivals in Toronto.
The decision on Top Events and Festivals best in Canada Events in each province and territory were researched and decided upon by travel journalists, experts on Canadian tourism, travel professionals and travel agents, Canada tourism offices, the attractions themselves, and of course, most importantly, public opinion.

Click here to see the top Flower Festivals and the top Toronto Festivals.

New For 2016

Oscar Peterson RosePresenting the Oscar Peterson Rose
The Oscar Peterson Rose is a recent release of the Canadian Artists Series honouring the special person that Mr. Peterson has been to our society. These large semi-double flowers are cream coloured in bud, have clean glossy foliage and open to a pure white with a centre of yellow stamens. It is a very good repeat bloomer and exceptionally disease resistant.
This rose, like the rest of the roses in this series, is certain to become a popular addition to many Canadian gardens and landscapes due to its outstanding beauty and cold hardiness (Zone 3).
J.C. Bakker and Sons will be supplying Oscar Petersona number of Oscar Peterson Roses for the Canada Blooms 2016 Celebration.

Oscar Peterson
was born on August 15, 1925 in Montreal, Quebec. Playing piano from a young age, he grew to become one of the foremost jazz musicians of his time. His 65 year career is highlighted by performances and recordings with many jazz greats, as well as over 300 compositions. His work has been well recognized, achieving many awards and honours, among which are eight Grammy Awards and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. Oscar Peterson passed away on December 23, 2007, but his musical legacy lives on.
Oscar Peterson Picture courtesy of: Plum Communications Inc.

Create your dream garden with help from an accredited landscaper

Just because spring has passed and the heat of summer is here doesn’t mean you have to give up your dream of having a beautiful garden this year. During the summer months there are still a variety of quality plants available for use in your garden.
Summer gardening follows the same rules as spring: pay attention to the weather. It is important to get flowers that can sustain summer heat. When temperatures rise, you don’t want to risk loosing flowers because it receives too much sun or too little water. Pick up some stunning, mature pre-planted containers at your garden centre, where you can also see a full selection of trees, shrubs and evergreens. Summer is also the perfect time to install decks, patios, walkways or even an outdoor kitchen and dining area to meet your entertainment needs.
“Gardening is an all-season activity, and with every season there is something different that you can do with your garden,” said Denis Flanagan, public relations manager for Landscape Ontario. “If you’re not sure about where to begin with your summerscaping plans, there are over 2,000 Landscape Ontario member companies, garden centres to landscape construction, maintenance and design companies, whose knowledge and expertise can help create your summer garden,” said Flanagan.
When making the decision to hire a landscaper, always hire accredited professionals that provide references! All Landscape Ontario member companies must meet basic requirements, such as:

• Companies must be full-time in the industry for at least three yearsLandscape Ontario Logo
• They promise to abide by a published statement of Conduct, Principles and Ethics
• They must have appropriate insurance

By visiting www.landscapeontario.com you can locate member companies in your area. You can also find tools that will help you know what to look for when hiring a landscape professional.

Let your summerscaping begin!
From Landscape Ontario
HortusTVHortusTV—Television for Gardeners launches August 17 across Canada. The web channel is dedicated to bringing the best gardening series from around the world to passionate gardeners.
The subscription video service will offer access to hundreds of quality garden series in an ever-growing library, exclusive to HortusTV, streamed unlimited to your computer, tablet or mobile phone.
HortusTV truly is Television for Gardeners. Founded by a passionate gardener frustrated by our long Canadian winters and the lack of gardening series available on television, HortusTV has the goal to entertain, inform and inspire.
When you can’t get into the garden, you can get into HortusTV. Visit hortustv.com for a free trial.

Tips From The Pros

Gardening Questions?
Master Gardeners have the answers all year round.

Master Gardeners of Ontario is an educational organization of volunteers with expertise in horticulture. It is both our mission and our pleasure to help make your garden a beautiful, earth friendly oasis.
We offer free expert horticultural advice on our websites and at advice clinics throughout the province. Better yet, contact your local Master Gardeners to arrange a speaker on such interesting topics as Master Gardeners of Ontario vegetables, orchids, container gardening or attracting pollinators to your garden.
Go to the Master Gardeners of Ontario website, www.mgoi.ca, to connect with your local group.
Come grow with us!
Please join us for our Canadian Master Gardener Conference – ‘Come grow with us’, April 8th -10th, 2016 at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, ON. It will be a wonderful weekend of learning mixed in with good food and a lot of fun.  Registration begins this September, visit: conference.mgoi.ca.
Fall Home Show 2015 Embrace Your Space!
Spaces come in all shapes and sizes. Make your indoor space unique with ideas, advice and inspiration with the Toronto Fall Home Show  October 1-4, 2015 at the Better Living Centre – Exhibition Place.
Get expert tips from industry pros, innovative products for your home, plus  great shopping at over 300 retailers. And an added bonus… meet Bryan and Sarah Baeumler, hosts of HGTV’s House of Bryan.
Here is a Special Offer for our Canada Blooms friends, get 2 for 1 Savings (on Adult tickets only) when you buy your tickets online – enter promo  code “BLOOMS” at check out.
Visit www.fallhomeshow.com

Host Hotel

InterContinental Toronto CentreCanada Blooms is excited to welcome back the InterContinental Toronto Centre as our host hotel for 2016.
The 4-diamond InterContinental® Toronto Centre is designed to fulfill every need of the global traveler. The 586-room hotel brings together affordable luxury, ideal location, state-of-the-art technology, meeting facilities and personalized customer service.
The hotel features the exceptional Azure Restaurant & Bar and the Spa InterContinental®. Located on Front Street and connected to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the hotel overlooks scenic Lake Ontario in the heart of Toronto’s financial, shopping, theatre and restaurant districts.
Information regarding the Canada Blooms Package will be available later this fall.
Special: Union Pearson Package at the InterContinental Toronto Centre
Book our Union Pearson Express package inclusive of a $20 presto card, $10 Apple iTunes gift card and an express boxed snack. Package starts at $225 per night. For reservations please click here or call 1-800-422-7969 to book today!*

Win a Trip to Canada Blooms 2016

Garden centres and floral design shops across Canada are participating in a contest that will allow one lucky winner to enjoy a grand prize package which includes: round trip train travel for two courtesy of Canada's Garden Route and VIA Rail, 3 nights hotel accommodation courtesy of InterContinental Toronto Centre and tickets for each of the 4 days to Canada Blooms. CNLA Contest Sponsors
Visit one of the participating Garden Centres, Landscape Design/Build Teams, Nursery Growers or Floral Design Shops and ask for their code, then go online to enter.
Click here to enter the contest.

The contest runs until October 31st, so if you don't see your local garden centre or florist have them contact us to see how they can participate.
Note: Retail outlets must be a member of CNLA or Flowers Canada to participate.

Upcoming Events

Uxbridge Garden Tour PosterCollingwood Garden Club - Summer Flower and Vegetable Show
August 27, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Hunter Hall and Gymnasium, Trinity United Church,
140 Maple Street Collingwood, Ontario (parking behind Church)
TICKET INFORMATION: Members No-charge; Non-Members donation only

Enjoy a fabulous evening, showcasing the wonderful floral arrangements, as well as flowers and vegetables grown by their very talented members. Entry for competition in the Flower and Vegetable Show limited to members only (cost to join the Society $15.00 per year for single, $25.00 couple). Flower Show rules can be found on our website.


If you have an upcoming garden related event that is of interest to our readers, let us know at info@canadablooms.com and we might include it in upcoming issues of our newsletter.

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