Celebrating 150 Years of Canadian Flower Horticulture
by Canada Blooms
January 16, 2017

Canada Blooms is excited to announce the Botanical Art Exhibition by Artist TM Glass at Canada Blooms 2017. The magical exhibition of photography will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation and 150 years of Canadian flower horticulture.

The still life imagery of TM Glass recalls human nature's passion for the exquisite beauty that nature brings to flowers. Each painterly photograph in this collection brings a reminder that central to the nature of flower beauty is nature's intricate geometrical design, while the brief and beautiful life of cut flowers is quickened by a sense of approaching death. The flower imagery is inspired by the artist's own garden, and the vases depicted come from collections of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Ceramic Museum.

Canadians became quite passionate about growing beautiful flower gardens early in the nineteenth century, around the time when Queen Victoria signed the British North America Act on July 1, 1867, uniting the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into one Dominion of Canada. In years that followed, British settlers brought British passion for gardening and seeds. Enterprising sea captains imported vases for flower arrangements from all over the world. Plants of Pioneer and Early Days in Ontario, published in 1970 by the Garden Club of Toronto, records literary references for hundreds of flowers cultivated in early Canadian gardens from 1837 on.

Contemporary gardeners might be surprised to know that many flowers we grow today, such as Anemones, Hydrangeas, Clematis, Peonies and Roses, were grown in Canada 150 years ago. These are the flowers TM Glass chose to bring to life in the pictures of this exhibition.

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