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Visit the Toronto Flower Market

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Toronto Flower Market returns to the city this Saturday, May 9 to its new location at 659 Queen Street East (just west of Broadview). Visitors to the market can expect a variety of beautiful locally grown flowers and plants including tulips, hyacinth and lilacs among other exciting surprises.

toronto-flower-market-2015-1{Illustration by Courtney Wotherspoon}

If you’re planning a trip to the city or are looking to pick up some locally grown goodies for mom, you won’t want to miss the excitement!
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Visit Canada Blooms 2015

Spring has officially arrived in Toronto thanks to Canada’s largest garden and flower show. Canada Blooms opened its doors on Friday, March 13th and will welcome visitors to the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place until Sunday, March 22nd.

canada-blooms-2015-bannerThe 19th annual event features a variety of garden and floral designs, the latest trends in horticulture and lots of beautiful blooms (to name a few!). This year’s Let’s Play! theme invites visitors to experience a stunning showcase of playful floral designs that will have you inspired to get back into the garden.

Click below to check out some of the feature gardens and exhibits from this year’s show.

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Canada Post launches 2015 floral stamp series

Spring is in full bloom at Canada Post with the arrival of their newest floral stamps! Featuring two varieties of colourful pansies, the series includes a yellow-accented true blue ‘Delta Premium Pure Light Blue’ pansy and a ‘Midnight Glow’ Icicle Pansy in shades of purple, pink, orange and yellow.canada-post-stamps-2015 Read the rest of this entry »

Toronto Flower Market hosts last market of the season

If you’re looking for a fabulous fall flower arrangement for your Thanksgiving table, why not visit the Toronto Flower Market this Saturday, October 11. At their last market of the season, you’ll find lovely locally grown blooms to display in a vegetable vase or give as a gift to your Thanksgiving host.


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Garden to table: Delicious peach recipes

Love fresh peaches? Then you’ll love trying these delicious recipes! Perfect for everything from healthy smoothies to desserts, this yummy stone fruit is low in calories, a good source of vitamin A and C and contains fiber.

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Flower Friday: #CGFlowerOfTheDay

If there’s one thing we love here at Canadian Gardening, it’s beautiful flowers. So, we ask our friends and followers on Instagram and Twitter to use the hashtag #CGFlowerOfTheDay to share pictures of the beautiful blooms growing in their gardens.

We’ve received everything from blooming roses and lilies to clematis and sunflowers. Since we love seeing all these wonderful flowers, we wanted to share some we’ve recently received through our @CDNGardening Twitter account.


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Garden travel: Brussels’ famous flower carpet

Last summer, while traveling through Europe, I had the chance to visit the Grand Place in Brussels. It was by far one of my favourite places and now, a year later I can’t help but be a little jealous that I missed the over 750,000 colourful begonias that helped transform this historical city centre. Every two years in August, the Grand Place in Brussels is taken over by an enormous carpet of flowers. Started in 1971, by landscape architect E. Stautemans the tradition has continued due to its popularity and well, remarkable beauty.


This year’s celebration marked the 50th anniversary of Turkish workers migrating to Belgium. Paying homage to Turkish culture, the carpet’s design depicted traditional patterns found in Turkish kilims.
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Growing trend: Fruit and vegetable moulds

Anyone with a fruit or vegetable garden is probably well aware that sometimes during the growing period crops can take on a mind of their own. 3-in-1 strawberries, funny looking carrots or misshaped zucchini are all normal occurrences. These shapes can happen unintentionally, but what if you had the ability to grow your best bounty in fun and interesting shapes on purpose.

Developed in China, specially designed plastic moulds are used to transform fruits and vegetables into a variety of shapes. From heart-shaped watermelons and star-shaped English cucumbers to even these Buddha-shaped pears.


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Garden-inspired decor: floral shower curtain

I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for a great floral print. So, when I spotted this beautiful garden-inspired shower curtain from Anthropologie, I knew I had to share it.

garden-inspired-decor-shower-curtain{Garden Buzz Shower Curtain, Anthropologie, $88}

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DIY: House Plant Cupcakes

Talk about a succulent success!

When I came across these adorable house plant cupcakes by Alana Jones-Mann, I knew I had to share them. If you love miniature cacti and succulents, why not make an eye-catching edible version for your next get-together!

diy-houseplant-cupcakes-alana-jones-mann{Photo: alanajonesmann.com}

From desert to dessert, these cupcakes would be the perfect addition to a summer garden party or birthday celebration.

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