Managed to make it down to Canada Blooms before I went back to visit the mum. It has moved to a new venue - the Ex - away from the Convention Centre. Which I think is a great thing. The show seemed to be dying in the last few years - the Convention Centre is vast and in each successive year there would be fewer and fewer display gardens - giving you far less for your $$$. The show just seems to have a greater energy this year and is nicely put together. So here are a few snaps -no awards for any of these - just to give you an idea of what was there. Any shot taken without flash was at 1/8 of a second and no tripod - so just give your head a bit of a jiggle and the focus will be perfectly clear.
The Ontario growers association had a nice display and were selling some of their product. Picked up a couple of cyclamen and a brugmansia in a box to replace the one I sacrificed when it became to buggy.
Does this look like a garden display, well no, but if you like to look at home stuff and pretty frivolous purchasable thingies, this was a nice place to browse.
ok, what is this. just dont do this. it is wrong. take their stupid boxes off their head and recyle them then drown big barbie and ken.
This is ParkLane - they don't show up unless you've got $50K to spend. I always enjoy seeing what they've got going on - kind of neat plants and their main feature was an adobe hut. The hut is cut in behind these statues below.
Everywhere Helebore 'Ivory Prince' - spectacular.
From those wonderfully mad designers at Reford Gardens in Quebec - who said old hockey sticks were just for tomatoes?
Trend: get your mother's (grandmother's) old Sterno and set it a blaze and sit back and enjoy. Who knew that the only thing that would remain from the cherished 1950s party events of cigarette smoking, whiskey sours, girdled gals, skinny tied handsome men be the little fuel can under the chaffing dish.
A wine-themed exhibit.
More 'Ivory Prince'
This was my favourite display - City of Toronto. Who says you can't grow veggies in the city?