Spring is just around the corner and the 17th annual Canada Blooms invites you to enjoy the “Magic of Spring”. A thoughtful friend who knows my penchant for blooms and photo ops offered two tickets to the show and I happily accepted a diversion from the winter blahs. My favourite photographer buddy - my mum - joined me last Friday for the early morning trip to Toronto. A line-up of at least a hundred shared our impatient enthusiasm for a day of full garden immersion. And when finally the doors opened, Canada Blooms welcomed us in to acres of Spring!
The Toronto Flower Show challenged competitors with class titles that include Enchanting, Bewitching, and Bedazzling. My pick for most creative showed some deceptively delicious-looking cakes made entirely of plant material. 'Devish' added a touch of humour to the illusion of reality - competitors could choose 'any flavour' for their creations.
And my take on the one, not-to-be-missed gardener's experience? Quince Flowers - my absolute favourite - a small simple exhibit that tops the list for stunning visual appeal. Picture a weather-beaten table stacked with ancient bottles, and tiny pots of greenery. Now add a hundred riotous poppies in opulent orange and yellow - stunning - my garden will have poppies this year!
Canada Blooms, the country's largest flower and garden festival is on now until March 24. This year again it co-locates with The National Home Show and, with over 200,000 visitors expected, this is North America’s largest Home and Garden Event. Highlights include over 200 hours of free lectures and demonstrations by Mark Cullens and other gardening celebrities, Scott’s Miracle Grow Learning Stage, Canada’s largest Floral and Horticultural Competition and themed Feature Gardens. Bring your little gardeners along too - the Children’s Garden Experience provides mini-gardens complete with bucket, shovel and ample opportunity to get muddy!
To find out more and purchase tickets go to http://www.canadablooms.com/.