One of Canada’s best flower and garden shows, Canada Blooms, hosts its 20th anniversary here in Toronto this week.
Founded by Landscape Ontario and The Garden Club of Toronto, Canada Blooms has spent the past two decades celebrating gardening, and connecting people to nature. The show seeks to educate and inform on the joys of horticulture.
The show has 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.
It’s easy to see why.
The show is awash in colour. Gardening enthusiasts crowd the isles, excited to see what’s new in the horticulture space. Lavish exhibits dot the floor, displaying the best gardens and landscapes imaginable.
“It’s a Party!” is this year’s theme. Many exhibits show off that perfect backyard, fit for the ultimate bash. Barbecues and tables and chairs are all nestled away amongst walls of flowers and vines.
“There aren’t many ways to beat sitting out on a sunny afternoon or a warm starry night surrounded by friends and family in a beautifully designed outdoor space,” says Terry Caddo, general manager of Canada Blooms.
Whether you’re a seasoned horticulture veteran, or new to the garden scene, there is lots to see at the Canada Blooms show. It runs from March 11 to 20 at Exhibition Place, in the Enercare Centre, alongside the National Home Show.
Colourful displays of flowers mark the entrance to the show.
Crowds gather to listen to a lively horticulture speakers.
An array of miniature terrariums on display.
Terrariums are one of the more creative ways to display your prize plants.
Different materials and colours can be used to create new and unique environments within each terrarium.
All kinds of flowers are on display.
Many flowers come in a variety of colours.
Flowers and plants can be purchased at the show.
Whole shelves of flowers are on sale.
Small bouquets are available for purchase as well.
Violet tulips grow around one of the patio displays.
Flower displays show the different ways to arrange your flowers so you always get the best look.
Flowers can also be planted with trees and shrubs for a unique garden.
Large displays popping with vibrant colours draw the eyes of onlookers.
Some flowers lay nestled among the green leaves of nearby bushes, unseen by most passersby.
Display lights illuminate a small group of pink flowers.
A tall flower stands above the rest on the showroom floor.
An artistic display show how to build a garden around a downspout.
A variety of flower art displays are showcased.
Trudy Granthum’s Teddy Bear’s Birthday Picnic won a second place award.
Tumbleweeds fall in another art display.
Carefully arranged flowers make for mesmerizing displays.
A tall vase has multiple small vines spreading off of it.
Small vases with careful flower assortments sit upon a blue table.
Leafy flower arrangement makes the pink petals pop.
The show also featured a number of food stalls, like this rustic honey shop.