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Canada Blooms 2016

Special Interest Workshops and More
by Canada Blooms
February 21, 2016

In addition to the bevy of gardening and lifestyle seminars provided on three stages, Canada Blooms is please to offer a number of exciting hands-on workshops.

Discover Flowers Close Up: If you would like to get up-close and personal with your flower photography then join Mark Trusz as he demonstrates techniques and shows you all the equipment you will need to make beautiful big pictures of really small beautiful flowers. For DSLR cameras learn about your options for lenses, filters, flashes and accessories for macro photography. Offered Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 6:30pm

Make a Terrarium with Jennifer Harvey CFD: Enjoy a demonstration of how to construct a unique and beautiful terrarium with succulents and flowers, construct your own, which you will then be able to take home and enjoy. Offered Saturday, March 12 at 11:00am, presented by Gatto Flowers

Botanical Art Painting with Homa Bahadouri: This workshop is open to beginners. The upcoming season will offer plenty of inspiration, so why not let illustrator Homa Bahadouri teach your some fun and educational techniques that will allow you to immortalize those images on canvas. Offered Saturday, March 12 at 2:00pm and Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30pm

Everyday is A Party with Jennifer Harvey CFD: Enjoy a demonstration on why flowers are so important to a party atmoshpere, then create a make and take bouquet project. Offered Sunday, March 13 at 2:00pm presented by Gatto Flowers

Start Seeds From Scratch with Gwen Rattle: Getting a start on the season satisfies the itchy garden fingers and allows hope to blossom ahead of time! Watch this low-tech, hands –on demonstration of starting seeds in your own kitchen!

Master Gardener Gwen Rattle has lots of practical and economical tips for the beginning green thumb Offered Sunday, March 13 at 2:30pm presented by the Master Gardeners of Ontario

Make Your Own Easter Centerpiece with Ashley Waltho CIFD: In thisworkshop, Ashley outlines some of the basics of floral design styles & techniques; and introduces proper care and handling of fresh cut flowers. You will create your own Easter Centerpiece to take home. Offered on Saturday, March 19 at 11:00am presented by Bayview Flowers and Rosa Flora

These workshops do require an additonal fee and are offered as special interest or 'make and take' style classes offered by professionals in their field. Fees cover the cost of all materials as well as entrance into Canada Blooms and the National Home Show.

Note: If you plan on attending more than one workshop, contact our office (416-447-8655 x 7721 or for special pricing.

Grout the Gnome is Landscape Ontario's official mascot who came on the scene a few years ago.

Grout has been seen peeking around the gardens at Canada Blooms since 2014. Once the L.O. team realized they couldn't stop him from sneaking into the flower pots, they brought him along to the festival and he has joined them every year since.

Early last fall Grout snuck out and went exploring in the Canada Blooms Lounge where he stole some of Alice's (yes, of Wonderland) "eat me" cookies and now he had grown to over six feet. He actually likes his new size and he is inviting visitors to stop by the Welcome booth across from the Toronto Flower Show and snap a picture with him. Post your pic on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instgram with the #GroutatBlooms and you could win a copy of Mark Cullen's brand new book The New Canadian Garden from Dundurn Press.

There will be a winner each day.

Also take your pic in the Flower Shower in the Toronto Flower Show and share it for another opportunity to win Mark's book, also one winner each day.

For great garden advice visit and sign up for his newsletter

Fun For Families

Come play in the dirt!

The Fafard Garden Experience Workshop is perfect for children from 5 to 95. Fafard provides a great hands on experience that will demystify gardening. Come discover the difference between a plant and a weed, a spade and a hoe, and soil versus compost. Learn the do's and don'ts of planting and leave with a advice and your own seedling so you can start your very own garden.

Monday, March 14 is Family Day at Canada Blooms and the National Home Show. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny (10am-1pm).

Work And Play For The Day

Canada Blooms needs your help and expertise to make the festival better than ever. Come, join us for a Gardener’s Getaway, work a little, play a little and share in the excitement. If you volunteered last year, invite a friend or two to join you.

This is a great way to put your skill to use or learn new skills, meet people and just have fun. As our thank you to you every volunteer will receive a ticket to the festival (Canada Blooms/Home Show) and a plant of the day courtesy of pickOntario.

Visit our website and sign up today. If you have any questions please contact Volunteer Coordinator: Martha Walsh at or call the main office 416-447-8655 x 7721. Come volunteer, Canada Blooms needs you to flourish.

Please note that both the TTC and GO Train have stops at the Enercare Centre, also from Monday – Friday Parking will be FREE after 4:00 pm.

If you have already signed up, thank you, and we will be sending out confirmations in the next couple of weeks.

The Volunteer Orientation Package will be available online after February 14.

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