Canada Blooms

Feature Gardens 2014


Take a WILD! journey as our 2014 feature garden designers, builders and architects create wild spaces that ignited imagination and overwhelmed senses.

Relive Canada Blooms of the past all over again!

Our feature gardens allow you to explore acres of fantasy gardens that capture the imagination with their vibrant colours, alluring fragrances and captivating designs. View the great gardens of Canada Blooms 2014 all over again!

Watch the video of the Feature Garden Builders at Canada Blooms Wild!.

Come Alive OutsideA6By Landscape Ontario/The Scott Wentworth Landscaping Group

Garden Club of Toronto Award for Best Use of Colour, Universal Access Award, OALA Award of Honour, Outstanding Use of Pre-Cast Pavers presented by Permacon

There’s been a cultural shift in how our society interacts with the outdoors and nature, and it has had truly life-altering results. Our garden design inspired communities to come alive outside.


James Garfield ThompsonA7By J. Garfield Thompson Landscaping

The Landscape Ontario Award for Best Overall Quality of Workmanship, The Perry Molema Award for Outstanding Use of Water presented by Aquascape

In this garden, the use by man is not an intrusion of, but rather achieves a co-existence and does not obstruct the natural flow of nature. The experience was harmony with nature.


The Wild ArtistA8FBy Green Masters Landscaping

Outstanding Use of Artistic Elements in a Garden

This balcony garden showed us the world is yet a canvas to our imagination.

Kawatan (bamboo) TropicsA8GBy Jacob's Gardenscape

This typical urban balcony became a tropical haven with TLC from Jacob’s Gardenscape.


Vibrant Urban WildernessA10By Creative Garden Designs/Hollander Landscaping Ltd.

Outstanding Use of Annuals and/or Perennials

Our “Wild” urban setting featured natural growth as it intruded upon and melded with man-made structure. Materials retained their function while returning to their natural state and the humanity of city life saw its wild creativity incorporated as a design element via graffiti.

Wilderness RetreatA11By Unilock

The Sheridan Nurseries Award for Outstanding Garden, Small Size

Our design treated visitors to a glimpse of what could be their personal wilderness retreat by thinking outside the box. We believe that the outside of the home should be as beautiful, functional and welcoming as the inside of the home. After all, the home is where family and friends connect with one another.

Wild About StoneA12By Near North Hardscapes Ltd.

Outstanding Use of Structure

We used as much natural stone as we could in this outdoor living design. We wanted the visitor to feel they were entering the outdoor living space of an estate home which was built on an old farm property, having the amenities of an urban outdoor kitchen, the feel of the country, and a taste of the wild.

Taming the WildA13By Royal Stone Landscaping and Design

Outstanding Outdoor Living Spaces

Our main goal was to showcase what is possible in a typical or ‘real life’ application. The current garden trends are taking us into contemporary and sculpted looks. By including clipped boxwood hedges we created a soft edge that ‘contained’ the wildness beyond.

Sacre PotagerA16By Reford Gardens

Sacre potager by Atelier Barda for the International Garden Festival, Le Jardins de Metis/Reford Gardens, Quebec led the visitor into a poetic fiction of the sacred side of garden and culinary heritage. Rare vegetables evoked shrinking biodiversity. Woodland altars were arranged in the garden adorned with votives and invited visitors to make an offering.

TraverseA17By Vaughan Landscaping

The S.G. Ulbright Award for Outstanding Garden, Medium Size, Outstanding Use of Natural Stone presented by Beaver Stone

Wild, to us, means being able to step out of your urban home into a space that seems so distant and different. Our garden was a wild oasis of an urban backyard. It was a place to unwind, take to the grill and make a toast to friends.

Tuscan RetreatA19By Elite Environments Inc.

Outstanding Use of Walkways

Our Tuscan garden with a reflective pool kept perfect symmetry in mind. Rustic stucco walls with old barn beams as an arbour created a warm atmosphere. Plantings included large flowering trees, wild flowers and wind swept spruce or pine to create old world charm.

World Crops ProjectA20By Paul Zammit, Toronto Botanical Gardens, Peter Mitchell and Damian Adjodha

This garden helped visitor discover how world food crops are now being grown in Ontario’s Greenbelt. Visitors were invited to walk down the graffiti alley and into the urban backyard garden, overflowing with exciting new vegetables from around the world. Farmers from across Ontario’s Greenbelt are already successfully growing world crops.

Ontario's West CoastA23By Town of Goderich

Best Use of Bulbs presented by TradeWinds International

Our garden design invited visitors to travel through an artistic ecosystem, exploring the garden in the 3 dimensions of sight, sound, and touch, to experience the landscape wonders of Huron County and the regrowth of a community.

REwildingA30By Parklane Ltd.

The Canada Blooms Judge's Choice Award for Best Overall Garden, The Gordon A MacEachern Award for Outstanding Garden, Large Size, Best Use of Interior Plants, Humber Nurseries Award for Best Overall Use of Plant Material

Rewilding! Parklane paid tribute to a group on Lake Simcoe whose mission is to advance water thinking, engage people and create ripples.  The Parklane design team created a garden that compared two distinct spaces. In one we dominated nature, in the other we saw ourselves as part of nature.
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The Bateman Forest TrailA31By Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds/Canadian Wildlife Federation

Outstanding Interpretation of Festival Theme "Wild!" presented by Isuzu Canada, Outstanding Use of Trees

Nature is art, and Robert Bateman is Canada’s greatest living nature artist. When Canada Blooms announced the 2014 them of “WILD”, it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate our work with Bob and the Canadian WILDlife Federation.
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Wet, Wild and CanadianA32By Genoscape Inc./Harrowsmith Gardening Digest

The Leslie L Solty Memorial Award for Best Overall Creativity in Garden Design

A collaborative effort between Genoscape and Harrowsmith Gardening Digest, our garden represented a natural, untouched area that has been left to go wild. It had the relaxed wild look of a landscape that was familiar to Canadians everywhere.
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Re/Max Curb Appeal: Otium ExerciseA33ABy Shawn Gallaugher Design for Re/Max

Outstanding Representation of Sponsor's Message (Re/Max) presented by Hub Sinclair-Cockburn

The theme ‘Wild’ inspired the design for the Re/Max ‘Otium Exercise Garden presented by Shawn Gallaugher’ because exercising outdoors strengthes our connection to nature. It is a wildly innovative idea, a game changer and societal shift in the way with think of exercising.
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Re/Max Curb Appeal: wild/LifeA34ABy Shibui Landscaping for Re/Max

Most Imaginative Garden Design, OALA Award of Honour

The intent of this intimate garden journey was to increase awareness of the potential essence of our ecological destination as we re-invent the “wild” and productive back into our urban gardens and communities.
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Wild Atlantic WayA35By Landscapes by Lucin for Tourism Ireland

W.E. Bridgeman Award for Best Overall Use of Hard Landscape Elements

This garden included partners Landscapes by Lucin, Air Canada Vacations, B & B Ireland, Shannon Heritage, Visit Derry and Air Canada Rouge. We worked with Tourism Ireland to build a garden representing “The Wild Atlantic Way”. This garden showcased the world’s longest defined coastal route at a length of 2400 km, from Donegal to West Cork.
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Earthscape Dinosaur PreserveA37By Earthscape Ontario

Outstanding Outdoor Entertainment

We created a space that would be both a sensory playground and a multi-generational amenity space. In order to capture your imagination we chose as our theme the most unique and monstrously wild creatures to have walked the face of the earth: dinosaurs.

SeveranceA38By Victoria Taylor, Constant van Ruymbeke, Ecoman

OALA Award of Honour

Our installation explored ideas of beauty and loss and cultural value, asking visitors to consider what we have lost in our wild drive to progress. Severance took the viewer on a journey through the vast agricultural garden that is southwester Ontario’s ever changing landscape.

North of 60A39By Forestell Inc.

Outstanding Use of Innovative Elements in a Garden, OALA Award of Excellence

In our garden the wild landscape of the of the north was abstracted to create a designed space for living that challenged the conventional notion of what a garden need be. We introduced visitors to a variety of plant types and forms, bold garden architecture from the sub-arctic region.


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