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What I'm excited to see at Canada Blooms 2010

Indulge your passion for gardening with a trip to this bloom-filled annual event

Last year was my first attending Canada Blooms. I was like a kid in a candy store: exploring all the booths, attending some of the lectures and shopping in the market—oh, the market! I had to leave to prevent myself from seriously overspending.

This year’s show starts Wednesday, March 17 and runs until Sunday, March 21st.  I’m really looking forward to the change of venue: It doesn’t matter what the weather outside is like, the Direct Energy Centre is just so bright when you walk in. It will make for a great entrance to the six acres of gardens that will be on display. And, rumour has it that Martha Stewart will make an appearance on Saturday to showcase her new line for Home Depot.

The theme this year is passions, and as someone who has become really passionate about gardening, here is what I’m excited to see and do.

canada-blooms-lucin.jpgModern Love by Landscapes By Lucin
Last year, Lucin’s garden (shown at left) won an award for ‘Outsanding Use of Artistic Elements in the Garden’, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with this year. Be prepared for a salute to Modernism with a simple palette of greens, blues, grey and white.

Frogpond—Foodprints: Edible Environments, Sustainable Gardens by Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief  (CPAR)/ Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
This exhibit is being created to showcase how CPAR is working with small-scale farmers in Africa to create sustainable farms to feed their families.

Also, the lecture 'Plant a Row for the Hungry' with Jeff Lowenfels (March 17, 3:30 pm at Grey Power Celebrity Stage, Hall B) looks like it addresses similar issues closer to home.

canada-blooms-disney.jpgThe Magical World of Tinker Bell garden by Frank Ferragine and Designs by the Yard Beth Edney
City TV’s Frank Ferragine has revealed a couple of hints on his Twitter feed (including the sketch at left) about what this Disney-inspired garden will look like. If you have kids, you’ll definitely want to bring them to this garden that is designed to be seen through the eyes of a child.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Yellow Beacon garden
Walking through last year's feature garden designed for the Canadian Cancer Society by Ronald Holbrook & Associates was a sobering and contemplative experience. Giant black-and-white photos donated by people touched by cancer stood out against vibrant yellow, modern-looking daffodil gardens. It was beautiful. This year's exhibit will feature a 12-foot wall covered in daffodils and a maze-like pathway to a meditative reflecting pond.

Cozy Garden in the City by Evergreen Environments
I’m curious about the handmade copper tree that will greet visitors to this space.

Who will win the SEED award?
I'm curious to see who Evergreen Brick Works awards with the new SEED (Society, Environment, Education, Design) award for the greenest exhibit. So much work and material goes into these exhibits; I wondered last year what happens to all the flowers and building supplies once the show has ended.

Garden shown in the main image was created by Be-Leaf Landscape Design.


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