Experiencing the Art of Gardening : The Canada Blooms Festival 2018

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I had the good fortune of going to "Canada Blooms : The Flower and Garden Festival" on Saturday. In its 22nd year, now I'm wondering why I've never been before.

Well, actually, I know why I haven't been before -- I had a mistaken impression of what it was, and believed it wasn't for me. I thought it was a trade show where visitors could see and purchase gardening and landscaping components from various vendor booths. I imagined there'd be a cavernous space, crammed with large posters advertising goods such as state-of-the-art garden hoses, gravel and paving stones, alongside displays of water fountain pumps and hot-tub filters.

While I'm sure this type of show would be appealing to many, it would be more of a tease for me, highlighting things I cannot have, given our small and shady urban garden.

However, when my friend Leslie contacted me to say she had tickets and wondered if I wanted to join her, I gladly accepted because I wanted to hang out with her. I knew that, no matter what environment we were in, it would be fun. She's always good company and we would be able to catch up while admiring the rain barrels and sliding screen doors.

So, off we went, by streetcar, down to the Enercare Convention Centre, on the CNE grounds, on Saturday afternoon.

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going to the home show canada blooms on cne grounds toronto


planter at entrance of canada blooms exhibition hall cne toronto


display made of flowers canada blooms garden show toronto


Little did we know that we'd be seeing outstanding works or art, where plants, trees and flowers were the medium. It was awe inspiring and enchanting.

The theme this year was "Let's Go to the Movies". Each designer/artist/builder kept this in mind when creating their display. This event is also a judged competition for the participants, so there were plaques, trophies and ribbons attached to the winning entries.

canada blooms 2018 lets go to the movies theme


There were many different categories, from large gardens you could walk through, to small wreaths to hang on a door.

The experience engaged several senses, the obvious being sight and scent, however there was a sound element, as well, as there was water flowing and hidden speakers in some of the gardens, emitting the sounds of crickets and birds.

Here's a look at some of the beauty ...

Beginning with the Large Scale Garden Installations : (I plan to provide links and details about the creators, however the Canada Blooms website has been down. I'll update when I can.)

"Midnight in Paris" :

midnight in paris garden at canada blooms garden show toronto


details in the midnight in paris large scale garden installation at canada blooms horticulture festival toronto


in the midnight in paris large scale garden installation toronto canada blooms show


details in the midnight in paris garden at canada blooms horticulture show toronto


↑ The aroma in the greenhouse was amazing, with this large bunch of lavender. ↑

chandeliers in the garden at canada blooms show toronto


"This is Our Movie" :

this is our movie by jackson pond waterfall at canada blooms garden show toronto


this is our movie by jackson pond flowersl at canada blooms garden show toronto


relaxing by the pond in the this is our movie garden at canada blooms festival toronto


↑ Leslie relaxing by the fish pond, in one of the rustic Muskoka chairs. ↑

this is our movie by jackson pond water with fish at canada blooms garden show toronto


"Zen Garden" : (I'm calling it that as I didn't get the details on this lovely installation)

zen garden at canada blooms horticulture show toronto


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↑ A perfect clump of irises, my favourite flowers. ↑

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↑ A Dogwood Tree in bloom, Leslie's favourite tree. ↑

"Oscar After Party" :

oscars after party garden at canada blooms horticulture festival toronto


"Hollywood After Party" :

hollywood after party garden at canada blooms horticulture exhibition toronto


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details hollywood afterparty garden canada blooms toronto


Mid-sized gardens that you admired from the edge, Front Gardens :



"Do up the Doorsteps" - Welcome to the Front Yard

do up the doorsteps garden at canada blooms horticultural show toronto


"Do up the Doorsteps" - Alice

up to the doorsteps garden alice at canada blooms toronto


This is a good time to insert the shots we got of us ...

leslie


↑ I didn't notice until I looked at the photos later, that Leslie was holding the Mad Hatter's hand. She's so funny! ↑

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Mid-sized gardens that you admired from the edge, Back Gardens :

"Do up the Backsteps" - La Vie en Rose :

do up the backsteps garden la vie en rose at canada blooms toronto


"Do up the Backsteps" - Lost Treasure Island :

do up the backsteps garden lost treasure island at canada blooms toronto


flowers at canada blooms garden show toronto


"Do up the Backsteps" - Star Trek :

do up the back steps garden star trek theme at canada blooms garden show toronto




Small Gardens, Balconies and Decks :

balcony garden at canada blooms horticulture show toronto


balcony garden featuring the hemingway chair at canada blooms toronto


balcony garden movie night in technicolour at canada blooms garden show toronto


balcony garden movie night in technicolour tv at canada blooms garden show toronto


"Floral Alley" Installations :

floral ally installations at canada blooms toronto


Dining Table Arrangements :

functional show table at canada blooms garden festival toronto


functional show tables at canada blooms festival toronto


Sculptures and smaller scale pieces :

floral dresses at canada blooms garden show toronto


art made from organic materials at canada blooms horticulture festival toronto


clothings made from organic elements canada blooms horticulture show toronto


exhibition of small floral pieces at canada blooms horticulture festival toronto


artwork collages made from organic elements at canada blooms garden show toronto


These pictures only represent a fraction of the displays that were at the Canada Blooms Festival. There was also an area for shopping, with vendors offering very nice garden and flower related items.

This post wouldn't be complete if I didn't mention that the Horticulture Show was sharing space with The Home Show this year, which did consist of basic booths, examples and sales reps.

There was an unexpected added bonus from going, in that I've realized I do want some things I saw, particularly a rain barrel and a sliding screen door. And now I know what to get and where to get them. I also want to make a "bee hotel" and have an idea how to go about doing so.

The festival ran for nine days, from March 9-18, 2018, so it's over now, but I hope my photos will cause you to add Canada Blooms to your list of things to do in Toronto, during the cold winter months. I know, it is now something I'll be looking forward to each year.

(Note: The Canada Blooms website is down right now, but I'll update this post with links once it's back up.)

Thanks for reading,
xo loulou
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One Response to Experiencing the Art of Gardening : The Canada Blooms Festival 2018

  1. Hena Tayeb says:

    oh my that looks so beautiful.. glad it wasn’t some trade show.

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

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