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Canada Blooms 2011
by Canada Blooms
December 12, 2010

2011 marks Canada Blooms 15th Anniversary. Canada Blooms was founded by the Garden Club of Toronto and Landscape Ontario in 1997, both groups had a desire to create a world class annual festival to promote horticulture and floriculture for the enjoyment and education of visitors.
"Canada Blooms has had a few homes over the past 15 years," remarked Canada Blooms Artistic Director, Colomba Fuller who has been with Canada Blooms since its inception, "it opened at the Congress Centre, where it actually stopped traffic on the 401. Last year Canada Blooms moved from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to the Direct Energy Centre and it looks like it has found a new home for many years to come." Canada Blooms is celebrating 'Rhythms' this year, and we are looking forward to an exciting festival.

The Holiday season is fast approaching and everyone is looking for that perfect gift for that special person on their list. We have a solution that will save you time and money. Purchase your Canada Blooms Show Tickets now and save $2 off general admission tickets. Tickets are available online, at the Canada Blooms Head Office or at shopTBG at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Please check our website regularly for other outlets selling tickets.

If you are a member of Landscape Ontario contact Kathleen Pugliese by email or by calling 1-800-265-5656 ext. 309 for special ticket offers.

Holiday Hort Tips From Your Merry Master Gardeners

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fiery red poinsettias and fragrant rosemary trees this holiday season. These affordable plants add a cheery note to festive décors and make excellent hostess gifts. To keep your gift glowing and growing, include a hand-made how-to card using tips from the Master Gardeners. Remember to remove the plant from the decorative wrapping prior to watering and drain thoroughly so the roots do not become waterlogged.

Poinsettia: These greenhouse favourites now sport creamy white and mottled-pink bracts and hang around living rooms long after the decorations come down. They like it humid, so mist generously between watering. Keep them away from cold drafts and heating vents, as they dislike extremes. And be sure to enclose them in a large plastic bag when travelling to and fro. Discard it on the compost heap after the festivities, as it's a challenge to bring it back to its former glory.

Amaryllis: The gorgeous colours and stately demeanor of these bulbs make an elegant centrepiece. Keep it in a bright, but cool location. Good quality bulbs re-bloom next season with very little effort from the gardener. After flowering, cut the stalk close to the base; water and fertilize regularly until late summer. If outdoors, bring inside and allow the bulb to go dormant until early November when you will repot. Be sure to plant the bulb only two-thirds deep top leaving the top third above the soil surface. Place the plant in a well-lit spot and begin feeding and watering.

– Vena Eaton, Etobicoke Master Gardener

For more information on plants talk to your local Master Gardener at www.mgoi.ca , or drop by the Ask the Expert booth during Canada Blooms.

To find out Vena's tips about Rosemary and Christmas Cactus visit: facebook.com/canadablooms .


The Canada Blooms New Product Showcase is back! This is one of Blooms highlights featuring the newest and most innovative gardening, landscaping and outdoor products available from our vendors and located in a centralized location.

This is the best way to ensure you will see 'What's Hot' for the 2011 garden season!

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