With the unbelievable winter weather we’re still having, it’s so nice to look at photos of colourful flowers and ideas for outdoor living. The 4th Annual Greater Niagara Region Home & Garden Show on the weekend, March 21 to 23, was a fine place to get a hit of the good weather that should be coming our way soon. Held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, it filled one huge exhibition hall but was small enough to see everything without exhaustion and brought you in close contact with many owners of the exhibits. Here are some snaps I took with my little digital camera. Some turned out well; some are a bit out of focus. I’m just starting to try digital photography.
Mori Gardens of Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of our advertisers, had an impressive garden installation. We’ll have a bigger and better photo of this, taken by Mike Davis, in our Summer issue, so I just took a few close ups.
Sculpture adds interest to a garden.
Garden shows are fun places to shop for plants and small items.
As an advertiser, Mori Gardens has copies of our Spring garden special issue to give out for free. Their supply at the Garden Show was snapped up quickly.
Country Basket Garden Centre of Niagara Falls had a large exhibition with plenty of spring blooms to buy.
I loved their “bed” of flowers!
Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, seeds and more were available.
Vases, herbs and flowers I should know the name of, but am too lazy to look up, were displayed in simple, beautiful, rustic settings.
A huge flowerpot with hydrangeas gave a punch of colour.
Mullen Garden Market of Niagara Falls had lovely flower arrangements.
More pots of blooms available for purchase. I love potted spring plants in late winter.
Hall Ironworks of Niagara Falls displayed their great variety of forged iron gates and fences.
Hot tubs, anyone? Several sleek, huge models were displayed by MP Paradise Pools & Spas with locations in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Welland and Fort Erie.
Everything to brighten the garden, patio, back yard, balcony…
An idea for formal outdoor living.
These options for extending the living space were popular.
Another lovely stone and garden installation.
See anything you like here? What do you get out of attending home & garden shows? Which are your favourites?