|The view from my hotel room!|
For me, Canada Blooms has always been the official kick off to spring - even though I flew home just before Mother Nature dumped another 30+ cm of snow on us (sigh) and tonight and tomorrow is another 30 cm (double sigh).. but that's ok as it's just 3 DAYS TO SPRING!!
I still have major seed starting to do and when/if the snow melts, I will have new beds to dig.. don't tell the hubby, but I've realized that I don't have enough garden space for all I want to grow.. therefore, I think some of the nice, sunny, flat back lawn will need to morph into gardens. Who knows, if I gradually absorb the grass, he may not even notice ???
Over the next few days, I will do a handful of posts about Canada Blooms as I took hundreds of photos and want to feature a few of the most outstanding gardens with their own posts. For example, the display created by the Toronto Botanical Gardens was incredible and completely dedicated to pollinators. The #1 garden trend in 2015 (at least according to me!) Stay tuned!
I had the opportunity on Friday March 13th, to have an early morning media tour with some fellow garden writers, like Tara Nolan, who owns Savvy Gardening with me (and Jessica Walliser and Amy Andrychowicz). We did the first Savvy Gardening talk at Canada Blooms, focusing on Garden BFFs: How edibles and ornamentals can play nicely in the garden. It was a great group of gardeners who came out to see us and I hope it will be the first of many Savvy Gardening talks!
The theme of the 2015 show is 'Let's Play', and many of the garden designers created spaces to reflect playfulness, childhood and capture the imagination.
For now, here's a teaser of some of the sights of Canada Blooms 2015:
|Walking through the Home Show to get to Canada Blooms!|
Not quite a red carpet, but an impressive allee of potted trees, tropicals
|Almost there - just a few more steps until we get to Canada Blooms,|
|Tara Nolan and I did our duty and thoroughly|
explored all Canada Blooms had to offer! This is Tara
walking the charming wooden path of the Fairy Frolic garden by
Vandermeer Nursery and Earth Art Landscapes.
|According to the designers, the Fairy Frolic garden|
was "created with the hope that it will awaken
memories of days gone by, a world other
than our own and a retreat that takes us
back to childhood play."
|This was a garden where you had to look very closely.|
There were many details that were
only appreciated with careful viewing.
|This was my favourite vignette in the garden - check|
out the waterfall!
|If you have any old tree stumps, logs, etc in your|
garden, you might want to consider creating
a little fairy world.
|I also loved this 'curious troll', a sizeable display in|
the Fairy Frolic garden.
|Look who was filming a TV spot in the nearby|
Beinenstock Playground - it's Mark Cullen!
|This was one of the coolest gardens at the show and |
was created by Adam Beinenstock.
It featured a treehouse, with
a double spiral slide - which I tested out, thank
you very much! Not so easy in heels.. :)
|Another view of the playground from the other side of the treehouse.|
This garden used so many elements that appeal to kids.. there were
water features, chalkboards, trees to climb, slides, toys, etc.