By Lori Bosworth
Tired of this long Toronto winter with endless snowstorms, frigid temperatures and icy roads? You can look forward to Canada Blooms at the Direct Energy Centre from March 14-23, 2014. The largest flower and garden festival in Canada features six acres of gardens, presesntations on gardening topics and workshops to improve your skills.
This year, there are a number of workshops you can attend, including:
- Early Morning Photography on Fri., March 14, 2014 or Sat., March 15, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. with Mark Trusz. $45
- Create a Fairy Garden – Make and Take Project presented by Valleybrook Nurseries on Sat., March 15, 2014 at 12 p.m. Instructor: Sheridan Nursery Expert. $70 (includes fairy garden kit and plants)
- Home Decor: Bring Living Things into Your Living Space on Tues., March 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Jennifer Harvey, CFD. $45
- Bring Your Garden Inside on Fri., March 21, 2014 at 1 p.m. with Jennifer Harvey, CFD. $45
Be sure to enter to win a trip for four to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way by visiting the Wild Atlantic Way feature garden at the show for details.
Don’t miss these speakers sharing their gardening tips, including:
- What’s New at Blooms on March 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. or March 15, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. or March 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. or March 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Mark Cullen and Denis Flanagan on the Unilock Celebrity Stage.
- Creative Containers on Fri., March 14, 2014 at 1 p.m. with Paul Zammit on the Unilock Celebrity Stage.
- Vertical Vegetables on Wed., March 19, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Ken Brown at the Garden Solutions Theatre, Salon 102, Hall A.
- Power Plants: The Best Plants You Can Grow for Your Health! on Sat., March 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. or Sun., March 23, 2014 at 1 p.m. with Frank Ferragine on the Unilock Stage
- Grow Me Instead: Planting with Natives on Thurs., March 20, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. with Aaron Harpnell on the Learning Stage A28.
- Helping Your Trees Recover after the Ice Storm on Sat., March 22, 2014 at 3 p.m. with Cathy Kozma at Salon 102, Hall A.
Canada Blooms takes place at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place from March 14-23, 2014. Tickets are Adult (18+) $17, Senior (65+) $14, Student (13-17) $13. Two-day admissions are $29. All tickets also include admission to the National Home Show. There is free parking from Monday to Friday after 4 p.m.