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What’s New At Canada Blooms, Escape To Reality and Birding presented by Mark’s Choice

About Mark & Ben Cullen

Ben Cullen

Ben is a fourth generation gardener

He earned his diploma in agriculture at the University of Guelph Ridgetown campus, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie in Halifax. Ben spent several years working in the food industry before travelling across Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China on his own, then joining his dad, Mark, in the business two years ago. Ben, like many millennials, has a passion for food gardening and the environment.. He is engaged to Sam and enjoys leisure time with dog Ruby when he is not gardening in hes 2,000 sq. ft. allotment garden in Guelph, Ontario.

Escape to Reality is Ben's first published book and likely not his last.

Mark Cullen

Mark has been broadcasting and writing about the gardening experience since the early 80's. He has written 23 books, including two biographies. Escape to Reality is Mark's 24th book. He says, "This is the most exciting book that I have ever written as it reflects the experience and passion for Canada's most popular outdoor leisure time activity of two generations, min and son Ben's".

In 2016 Mark was awarded the Order of Canada for "his connections with everyday Canadians through his gardening and environmental messages." He is the Volunteer Chair of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign.

Escape to Reality is Mark's second non-how-to book. Mark and Ben provide a well informed and deeply personal reflection on the state of gardening today, a look into their crystal ball and an explanation of why this is the most exciting time in the history of Canada to be a gardener.

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By: Mark & Ben Cullen

Mark & Ben Fall Picture
MAR 13
Fri 10:00am to 9:00pm

Unilock Celebrity Stage - Hall H
11:00 AM

Get all the highlights and interesting things you won’t want to miss during your visit to Canada Blooms then discover everything you need to know about backyard birds.

Mark's Choice

What is Canada Blooms?

Canada Blooms is an annual world-class festival that connects people to the joys and benefits of nature through experiences with gardens and flowers, by promoting, educating, inspiring and celebrating all aspects of horticulture....


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