Wednesday, 9 March 2011

My Long Overdue Review of Canada Blooms 2010

With Canada Blooms being next week, "What are you looking forward to at Canada Blooms?" is a question that keeps popping up on facebook and twitter. Since I haven't yet posted what I enjoyed most about Canada Blooms 2010, I guess I'd better get to that, before I'm two years behind instead of one!

Purple hyacinths, purple campanula, white tulips, and ferns--what a combination!
What I enjoy about Canada Blooms is liable to be a little different than everyone else--you see, I'm one of the small team of volunteers that are responsible for planting up all of the huge planters you see throughout the show. So while I do swoon over many of the larger feature gardens, I have a fondness for the exuberant collections of blooms we create throughout the show.
You'd never get this combination to grow together "in real life", but what a show it makes!    

A delicious combination of pink. These ranunculus were amazing.

Proudly showing off one of my creations
Small scenes with big impact
Being a rabid heuchera fan (betcha don't know many of those!) I had to stop and take half a dozen pictures of this "lawn" of heuchera and "Princess Irene" tulips at the Home Depot garden. Absolutely adorable.

The Canadian Cancer Society's fortress of daffodils was a sad and delightful monument, all at the same time:
Air ferns and orchids make extraordinary wall art
Vegetable Delight
The Toronto Botanical Garden's display had a whole edible theme to coincide with their 'edible summer.' I know the trend now is to include edibles with your ornamentals, but no one can make those combinations look as stunning as Paul Zammit (TBG's Director of Horticulture.)
I did not know that chrysanthemums were edible. And how did they get tomatoes to fruit in March?!
A tiny perfect raised bed.

The vegetable theme carried through with the City of Toronto's garden. Check out this herb and veggie topiary:

And if you could actually grow a real garden with this mix of plants, we'd have everyone in the city gardening:

Competition in the flower show is tough. I do a bit of floral design but these arrangers are in a whole other league:

The Dance of Time

Feature Gardens
Some things at the show are just too big or too difficult to do capture in one tiny photograph. Landscape Ontario's garden was a stunner but how to encapsulate something so mammoth? This time lapse video from Landscape Ontario will give you some idea of the scale of this undertaking:  

Good Things
And of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that a highlight of Canada Blooms in 2010 for me was seeing...
Canada Blooms 2010 was a wonderful burst of garden in a desert of winter, and I've no doubt that Canada Blooms 2011 will be even better. I promise not to take a year to post a report...


Gary Miller said...

We just got back from the Direct Energy Center and had a great time. We had never heard of Canada Blooms and after my wife read your review online we decided to check it out.
We were so glad we did, It was so nice to smell spring in the air even if the weather outside was still very much winter.we had a great time, got some amazing landscaping ideas and thanks to your review we will have to make this a yearly event. With your permission I'd like to post a link to your review page on our website

Jennifer Arnott said...

Thanks Gary. I'm glad you and your wife discovered Canada Blooms! Yes, you're welcome to post a link on your website, but could I ask that you please post the version on my new website (I now have my own domain name)? It's the exact same post from March 2011, but it's duplicated over at Eventually this blogger site will be decommissioned. Thanks!