Horticulture is a very science based practice and I’ve always had a love for science (and science fiction!) The adaptably of plant life is truly amazing. A Daylily can be uprooted and upside down all winter long and can still manage to poke out some leaves in springtime. A tree native to Japan can be content planted in a garden halfway around the world. The point is life wants to keep living. It’s this life force that I find so captivating. When I heard that Canada Blooms 2018 was movie themed I saw the perfect place to merge sci-fi with horticulture. Will we transplant plant life from other planets to Earth in future? Will our earthly vegetation be transported to other planets? Perhaps…
Horticulture is the final frontier. As gardeners it’s our mission to seek out new life and boldly plant as no one has planted before. Set your phasors to stun. The Star Trek Garden will transport you to an alternate ecosphere filled with out-of-this-world florae and space-age elements. Resistance is futile; you will be assimilated into the future world of gardening!”
Melanie Rekola Landscape Designer, Certified Horticulturist, Photographer, Artist, Writer
Award-winning landscape designer Melanie Rekola had been has been making backyard dreams reality since 2001. A born artist, educated and practiced in numerous design disciplines, she takes much of her design cues from the beauty of nature itself! A tremendous love and respect for all things living permeates everything she does.
Her lust for landscape originated early in life while growing up on a 100+ acreage of rolling hills and forests, but she came to design by way of the fashion trade. Armed with both a passion for plants coupled with love of great design she began her landscape design education at the University of Guelph. Since then, her thirst for knowledge drives her to continuously develop and update her industry education. Now with the practical knowledge that over 15 years’ experience brings, and hundreds of successful projects complete, it ensures her designs look beautiful beyond the plan. They also look gorgeous when planted!
Melanie has become a well-known designer and respected garden writer/photographer regularly featured in several area, national and online magazines. Published works include: Pools, Spas and Patio magazine, Our Homes magazine, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Gardening and more.
Inspired by the clean lines and modern natural ethic of her Scandinavian heritage, Melanie spends her free time exploring the many nearby forests of Central Ontario with her beloved beagle in tow. She also spreads her high-spirited and naturally creative soul across variety of art forms. Melanie whole heartedly adores her chosen living and is one of the lucky few to have found their life’s passion.