Come and Visit Our Spooktacular Corn Maze!

 

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It’s that time of year again, when the ghosts and goblins and scarecrows gather forces and plot their shenanigans for the upcoming Halloween season. And their favourite spot to convene? Why our own spectacular corn maze, of course! They’ll be hanging around and haunting and hiding in an amongst the twisting turning maze for the next couple of weeks, so why not come down to our transformed Garden Centre and say Boo!

 

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One of the great things about observing annual holidays is making and celebrating your own traditions. And at Fiesta Farms we’ve been doing that very thing for a few years now during the weeks that lead up to Halloween, and every year we do it it gets a little better. With Halloween lurking right around the corner, it means one thing; our corn maze is back, and it’s as fun and spooky as ever.

 

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Our Garden Centre is the perfect spot for the corn maze, with plenty of room for twists and turns and surprises along each cornrow and around every corner. Look up, look down, peek into nooks and crannies, around bales of hay and through dry corn husks and dangling spiderwebs, you’ll find something to amuse and cast a spell on you and your little ones.

 

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oh hello!

 

The maze is open now until October 31, Halloween, and you can visit it anytime during store hours, nine a.m. to eight p.m.on weekdays and nine to six on weekends.  In fact, for a spookier experience you might you want to visit after the sun goes down.

 

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If you’re not sure you can muster the nerve to visit, you might want to have a sneak peek at this little video we shot of last year’s maze. This year’s model is just as fun, with a few extra surprises thrown in just to keep you on your toes. And feel free to share your experience on your social platforms, take as many photos as you like using the hashtag #Fiestacornmaze. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

 

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Join a Parade, then Compost Your Pumpkin

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After your Halloween pumpkin—or pumpkins—have done their duty on the spooky night before, you might find a Pumpkin parade in your neighbourhood where it can have one last hurrah. 50 parks in Toronto host these fun annual events, so check out the link to one near you.

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Benefits of a Cool Spring

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Snowdrops last longer in a cool spring.

Spring has sprung, but a lot of us are still wearing winter coats. The temps are still a little cooler than usual, and the trend is supposed to go through the first two weeks of April. The good news is that spring ephemeral bulbs like snowdrops—the very first flowers to arrive—are sticking around for weeks instead of being a flash in the pan.

That means we may enjoy crocuses a little longer than normal too, once they show up. The slow, cool spring may be maddening but once we have a few rains, things are going to be popping up all over.

In the meantime, we have time to sort through our seeds for planting, clean our tools, and as soon as the garden centre is open in April, buy some early perennials, and soil amendments, like compost and manure. Remember, you can always plant spring bulbs in pots as well. So as soon as the ground is diggable, pop in a few pots of crocus, or grape hyacinths in some bare spots in your garden. They will come up year after year.



A Corn Maze for Halloween!

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Are you ready to be corn-founded and a-maized? If so you’ll be thrilled to know that Fiesta Farms has brought back our fantastic Corn Maze that was such a hit last year!

Installed outdoors in our Fiesta Gardens Centre, this fun-filled walk-through puzzle is sure to delight the whole family, and maybe even bewitch you a little!

“This is the second year we’ve done it,” says Dino Virgona, manager of the Fiesta Farms Garden Centre. “Michael, one of our staffers had been wanting to do it for a couple of seasons so last July we planned it out and made it happen. This year Michael, John, Chris and Ryan put it together.”

“The maze isn’t haunted,” Virgona adds. “There are skeletons hanging around but nothing that jumps out and scares the crap out of you. There are way more ways to get lost though, so be warned.”

 

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Walk through it during the day for an entertaining stroll, or wait until the sun goes down- the maze stays open until eight p.m. each weeknight- to add a that little element of spookiness to your sauntering. You never know what lurks around the next corner, but for those who want a little hint, check out this video of last year’s maze.

 

 

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The #FiestasCornMaze is up until Halloween, when Virgona and his team take it down and start setting up the Christmas tree market.

Hours: 9-8 Weekdays 9-6 on Weekends

Location: 200 Christie St. Toronto, ON TTC: 7 minute walk north of Christie Station

Parking: Garden Centre Parking Lot

Accessibility: Fully accessible, though some rows are narrow

Admission: FREE

 



Bitter Melon: Ornamental Vine & Edible Fruit

Bitter melon vine, showing flower.

Bitter melon vine, showing flower.

I came across this beautiful vine covering a chain link fence recently. The fence itself was almost completely obscured, which is a good thing in my books. (Practical as they are, banishing chain link fences would be one of my first orders as Queen of the World)

The vine leaves themselves are exquisite, finely cut in a way that William Morris—the Arts & Craft designer who took his inspiration from nature—would have loved. The leaf veins, vines and tendrils add to the pleasing array of form. Not only is the vine good at beautifully camouflaging an ugly fence, but it has smallish yellow flowers with the sweetest jasmine fragrance—swoonworthy on a summer evening.

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