Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Visual Tour of Canada Blooms 2012

I'm baaaaccccckkkkk.. still sick, but at least I'm starting to feel better.. The fact that today is the 1st day of spring and the temperatures are hovering near 20C certainly helps! :)

I thought I'd post photos out of order.. First Canada Blooms and then tomorrow I'll post about the Boston Flower show. All in all, these were amazing events. While at Canada Blooms, I attended the annual Garden Writer general meeting for the first time.. Mark Cullen gave a short talk and singled me our (as a 1st timer at Canada Blooms) to give my impression. Having come fresh from the massive Philadelphia Flower Show, the Boston Flower Show and finally reached Canada Blooms, there was one thing that really stood out for me. Canada Blooms is for gardeners. The displays are amazing, but not unreachable for someone to try at their own home.. They were less showy than at the big US shows, which had major 'wow' factor, but Canada Blooms was there to impress and inspire and not just knock my socks off with massive and intricate floral displays.

I felt like I was walking through spring gardens and even the vertical walls and carpet gardens would be something that I could tackle if I wanted to.. So, not sure if I'm making any sense (after all, my left ear is still plugged and I'm rather unbalanced!), but Canada Blooms has a decidedly Canadian feel to it.

Still on topic of the garden writer lunch, I have to say that I was thrilled to finally meet Liz Primeau, whose new book, In Pursuit of Garlic came out on Saturday. It's a lovely read - informative, thoughtful and inspiring, just like Liz. I had to duck out of the lunch early for a book signing, so I'm sorry I didn't get to meet a few more of my online garden writer buddies.. next time!

So without further ado (and because I need to go make a cup of tea), here are some photos!

Hello veggies! A cute veg/herb box at the Toronto Botanical Garden booth.. 

More orchids.. all the shows have featured orchids and Canada Blooms
is no exception!

Sorry, a bit blurry, but a unique window display.

Another window display.. headless and body-less mannequins! 

Check out the waterfall.. stunning! One of my favourite displays. Just like a park.

There were 2 of these massive carpet gardens. They were tilted for optimum viewing.

Spring blooming trees, rhodos, bulbs, spring is here!

Loved this little garden too.. Yellow and green.

Ok, I need this treehouse! Check out all the pallets! This was an
award winning garden - pallet and play!

Gotta love the fun factor in this garden. Duckie watering can (I actually
have this same one - sorry, tacky!) and the kiddie pool.

A display to reflect Toronto transit.. don't ask me to understand it, but it was pretty!

Imagine this around a patio.. Incredibly colourful!

Very cool water feature in the middle of this display. So many bulbs everywhere!

Love the stonework and the vines.. that intense purple is also pretty eye-catching.

All the big shows have had a heavy vertical showing. I really liked this.. how about on my deck??

Do the wave! Plenty of architectural interest here.. about 100 feet long.

Not sure where this could go.. fun though!


  1. Thanks for the tour of the Canadian Flower show. The outdoor show season start soon. So excited.

  2. I'm glad you liked it! It was so much fun to be there..

  3. Hope you are feeling better soon. Loved the photos..wish I had been there. Maybe next year!

    Pallet's heh...we got a project in mind?

  4. Dear Niki,
    Is a carpet garden actually to walk on? What percentage of Canada Blooms was dedicated to veggie gardening- would you say a quarter or less? Garden Girl

  5. Great question Garden Girl!! Less than a 1/4 for sure and probably more like 1/10.. there were more veggie gardens at the Philadelphia Flower Show and even more at the Boston Flower Show. Both even had cold frame gardens and many kitchen gardens, living lettuce walls, etc.

    The carpet garden is meant to be enjoyed as you walk by.. not walk on. Mind you, I do love living thyme or chamomile carpet gardens that can be walked on. They release a lovely fragrance as you trod on the low growing plants..


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