|Award-winning & best-selling author,|
Sometimes, garden trends are so apparent that no press release is needed. Such is the case with the #1 garden trend of 2015 - at least according to me! But when I went to Canada Blooms in Toronto in mid-March, it seems that the Toronto Botanical Garden is also on the same page as I am, as their entire gardens at Canada Blooms focused on pollinators.
For years, I've seen this trend slowly building as more and more gardeners realize the important of attracting and supporting the populations of good bugs. My teacher was Jessica Walliser, who first piqued my interest with her book Good Bug, Bad Bug. I still take that book out into the garden when I need to ID insects and figure out what harm - or help - they can do.
Her latest book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden (Timber Press) builds on her earlier work and has just been honoured with the American Horticultural Society 2015 Book Award! Woot woot!! Congratulations Jessica! My copy is already quite dog-eared and I'm so excited for the coming season when I can put many of her ideas and suggestions into action in my veggie and new ornamental gardens. You can also read more about bugs, pollinators, etc from Jessica on Savvy Gardening, the website we started with Tara Nolan and Amy Andrychowicz in 2014.
As for the Toronto Botanical Gardens, this was - by far - my favourite spot at Canada Blooms 2015. Their display included a series of pods, which could represent corners of large gardens, small gardens or even condo balconies, with each showcasing pollinator-friendly plants and easy DIY projects for supporting and attracting the good bugs in your garden.
What do you do to attract pollinators and beneficials in your garden?
|All about their pollinator playground. An army of volunteers|
was also on hand to share their knowledge with gardeners.
|Tara Nolan, of Savvy Gardening, was my partner-in-crime as we explored|
the pollinator playground.
|Pollinator friendly plants - herbs, flowers & more|
were included in all the pod gardens to showcase
the diversity available to gardeners.
|Master gardeners were also on hand to offer|
advice & info.
|Um, the TBG also had an amazing store at Canada Blooms. I|
may have accidentally bought a few tidbits! SO. MUCH. COLOUR!
|There were some great pollinator friendly toys|
and gardening kits for kids.
|Let's just say I needed a bigger suitcase!|
|Garden Making magazine was on display in a corner|
of the booth.
|They were also selling spring bloomers - tempting!|
|Air plants to help clean the air. In trendy and pretty glass containers.|
|A living wall pod - great for small spaces. These were beautiful foliage plants,|
but imagine a tapestry of lettuces, or herbs! Sigh.