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A welcome preview of Canada Blooms 2014

Last week, during one of those ridiculously freezing days, I headed to a preview for Canada Blooms. This was the first year that the preview was so early. In past years, it has taken place the morning the show officially opened. I think it was really smart to start building excitement early and give the media a glimpse of what’s in store. I know for a fact I’m not the only gardener who is planning seed orders and new garden designs, and desperately longing for spring. The event featured a honey tasting courtesy of the Toronto Botanical Garden (they were also giving away okra seeds to complement their world crop garden theme), a floral competition and a preview from some of the landscape designers and gardeners who will be working on the feature gardens.

Floral designer Jennifer Harvey putting the finishing touches on her bouquet during last week's floral competition.

Garden and floral designers will be interpreting this year’s “Wild” theme in their feature gardens and arrangements. Each year I do a preview on the site about what I’m excited to see, but here’s a sneak peek of one of the gardens. It’s by a company called Genoscape. I think it’s so interesting to see these renderings come to life at the show. You can see them all here on the Canada Blooms website, which has undergone a gorgeous redesign in time for this year’s show.

The Inevitable Outcome feature garden plan by Genoscape

Okay, I can’t resist. Here is one more garden plan, the Earthscape Dinosaur Preserve.

Earthscape has described their garden as "a space that would be both a sensory playground and a multi-generational amenity space."

Stay tuned at the end of February for a more in-depth preview of what you can expect to see this year at Canada Blooms.

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