Canada Blooms, starting this Friday, March 11th, isn’t merely a spring exhibit of gardens and a chance to smell hyacinths en masse weeks before they actually bloom in Toronto. (Although that is one of the best reasons to go: breathing in the glorious scent of spring.) One of the lesser known, but most valuable aspects of Canada Blooms is its educational opportunities from the many speakers and workshops at the event. Your show ticket gives you free access to Canada Bloom’s excellent speaker series which includes garden experts from around the horticultural world. Expert garden speakers this year cover topics like native species, pest and diseases, growing herbs for teas, planting for pollinators, fabulous foliage, (especially for shade gardens – insiders note, this will be a great one, it’s by gardener/photographer/Toronto Gardens blogger Helen Battersby who has awesome photos) growing vegetables and ornamentals in containers, butterfly gardens, low-maintenance gardening, gardening with kids, floral design, including wedding arrangements, small-space and schoolyard gardens, the importance of soil in gardens, gardening for wildlife, biodiversity and monarch butterflies, and landscaping, among many others.
Along with the speakers series, there are workshops to attend with hands-on demonstrations of topics like evening photography, creating terrariums, creating botanical art, starting seeds from scratch, and floral design.
One of the little known and best ways to see the show is with an Early Morning Tour which gives you access to the whole show before the general public gets in. Tours are provided by Master Gardeners who have all the inside info about the gardens.
Canada Blooms is a joint event, the largest show of its kind in Canada, is brought to us through Landscape Ontario and the Garden Club of Toronto. This is its 20th year.
Proceeds from Canada Blooms are used to support community projects that promote horticulture and nurture and enhance our landscapes.
The Garden Club of Toronto’s horticultural exhibit is one of the best attractions at the show, with floral design and tropical plants and succulents on show, and competing for prizes. For any gardener who can’t wait for spring, this is the even to get those gardening juices flowing.