An exclusive peek at Canada Blooms: The Flower & Garden Festival

March 13-22, 2015
by Canada Blooms
September 21, 2014

The Canada Blooms Rose is the official flower of 2015

Rosa CA28, first emerged in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec and was later adopted by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. Now known as the CANADA BLOOMS Rose, it is a classic-looking hybrid-tea rose that was grown under the same Canadian Rose Breeding Program that developed the genetics for Emily Carr, Felix LeClerc, and Campfire rose.

This beautiful rose is everything a rose should be: it is pink, fragrant, hardy and resistant to disease and our Canadian winters. You might have noticed her at Canada Blooms 2014 where she made a brief appearance thanks to wholesale grower J.C. Bakker & Sons. If not, plan to meet her this March, and you will agree she is the perfect accent to any garden.

Garden Club of Toronto unveils Owlery at the Spadina House Museum

On May 6th, thirty donors and friends of the Garden Club of Toronto’s “Owlery Project” gathered for a dedication ceremony on the grounds of Spadina Museum, followed by afternoon tea in the sunroom.

The owlery, an imposing copper construction designed and crafted by artist Alexander Moyle, replaced the original structure that stood on the property in the early 1900s.

The new owlery was created in memory of the late Marian Lawson, a devoted Garden Club member who chaired the committee to restore the historic gardens at Spadina in 1984. Marian’s daughters Nancy and Lynne were in attendance, and Lynne Lawson gave a touching address thanking the many donors for their generosity, Spadina for giving the owlery a permanent home, and the Garden Club for providing Marian "a home to nourish her creative skills, her organizational talent, and to make and sustain long-term friendships."

May the owls inhabit the Spadina Gardens for all to enjoy for years to come, and may their home be a special place that symbolizes Marian’s home of creativity and friendship that was the Garden Club.

Did you know Mount Pleasant Cemetery hosts one of the finest collections of trees in North America?

Opened in 1876, there are over 4,500 trees and shrubs located on nearly 83 hectares. The collection boasts more than 380 different types of trees and 120 varieties of shrubs to enjoy throughout the year. There are many outstanding examples of native trees as well as some interesting introduced species to complement the collection.

Additionally, there are several specimen trees well over 100 years of age. Many of the trees have identification tags which enhance your visit to the grounds. Jeff McMann

With fall approaching, it's time to get outside and prepare your garden for the onset of a Canadian winter. There are a lot of little tasks that need to be completed to get your garden ready for winter, and fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs, cut back perennials, remove annuals and get your lawn healthy for next spring. Remember to keep watering. Trees and shrubs that are deprived of water now will be easily stressed in the winter.

Below is a handy guide to September fall clean up tasks:

• Collect seed and herbs for drying.

• Add compost or manure to garden beds.

• Cover water features with netting to collect falling leaves.

• Check houseplants for pests, then start to move indoors.

• Plant new trees and shrubs, to give them at least six weeks before frost.

• Plant spring flowering bulbs.

• Clean bird feeders, gardening tools.

• Continue watering trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.

• Bring in any clay pots.

• Pull weeds before they go to seed to reduce the number of weeds next year.

• Fertilize your lawn.

By Landscape Ontario. For a full Fall Checklist visit:

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row