Canada Blooms: A Learning Experience in Spring

Canada Blooms is a learning experience as well as a treat for the senses.

Canada Blooms is a learning experience as well as a treat for the senses.

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.

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Bee Day Is Coming

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Saturday, February 28 is Bee-Day! On this day, the Toronto Beekeeper’s Co-op  (TBC) will host its annual day-long workshop to educate the bee-curious, exploring the fascinating world of honey bees, wild bees and featuring presentations by wild bee experts as well as urban bee-keeping enthusiasts. Continue »



The Green Living Show Starts Today

We have always been big supporters of the Green Living Show because they are big supporters of local food and supporting local farmers. It is Canada’s largest consumer show for people who want to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. It is for people who care about the earth. Here we want to introduce some of the new programming they’ve got planned that should entice you to attend this weekend.


Fundraiser For Skyline Farms

On Thursday,October10,2013 partners,industry professionals,sustainability advocates, corporate sponsors and guests will gather for Skyline Farms Launch Party and Fundraising event at The Great Hall.

 

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Skyline Farms is a Toronto-‐based urban agriculture company that is redefining the term, “locally grown.” Founded by two graduates of Humber College’s Sustainable Energy and Green Building Program, Skyline Farms,-partnered with My Food My Way, a joint initiative between TDSB, TEW and Humber College- is committed to address the bigger sustainability picture: environmental, health, community, and economic viability by changing connections to food and each other. Continue »



Earth Day in Toronto

 

Today, Monday, April 22nd, is Earth Day, the largest, most celebrated environmental event on the planet. Or more technically, International Mother Earth Day, as determined by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2009.

“International Mother Earth Day promotes a view of the Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature. Inclusiveness is at the heart of International Mother Earth Day; fostering shared responsibilities to rebuild our troubled relationship with nature is a cause that is uniting people around the world.”

-Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, United Nations General Assembly President

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