-Illustration by Jennifer Phelan
On Thursday, March 31st, the visionaries behind The Green Line are celebrating an evening of music, fun, art and prizes to raise funds and awareness for the Green Line project. The Green Line is a project that aims to transform the five kilometre long hydro corridor running from Earlscourt park to Spadina into a connected linear park with green space, and walking and bike and trails. The Green Line flows through and nearby several neighbourhoods that the City has identified as needing more parkland. These same areas also lack safe, adequate corridors for active transportation like cycling, running and walking.
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.
Okay, this has not been the most horrible winter on record, but Old Man Winter has been teasing us for sometime, with temperatures well above the freezing mark that have lured shoots out of the ground and made us anxious for the spring equinox, the first day of spring on March 19.
Those of us that want to put a little spring in their step will be able to do so this year from March 11, to March 20 at Canada Blooms, canadablooms.com . Founded by Landscape Ontario and The Garden Club of Toronto in 1996, Canada Blooms has since been named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festivals and Events Ontario and One of North America’s Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association, and has blossomed into an annual right of spring that since its inception twenty years ago has grown to become Canada’s largest flower and garden festival, with over 200,000 enthusiasts passing through the garden Gates at the National Home Show located in the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. Continue »
It’s a pretty busy day across most of this country. Here in Ontario it is Family Day , so we hope you’re spending the day taking advantage of all the activities specially designed for this day in and around the city. In Prince Edward Island it is Islander Day, celebrated this year with the premiere of a new Anne of Green Gables movie! In many respects, the famous work of literature by Lucy Maud Montgomery put PEI on the map, and is still one of the defining points of interest regarding the province, having attracted millions of visitors to the island since the book’s publication in 1908. Continue »