Views of Canada Blooms

The 15th Canada Blooms opened today at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, and the theme this year is rhythms. I was thinking of repetition and height when I saw the Celebrity Stage, beautifully planted to surround the featured speakers, but an inspiration for a home patio garden. Here’s Mike’s photo of part of the stage:

     New this year is “JUNO Rocks,” gardens that have been inspired by some JUNO award winning musicians.

Ben Heppner explained how a scene from the opera Parsifal inspired Judith Wright to create his forest garden.
     Some other aspects of gardens caught our eye.

     This long walk is the opposite side of the attention-getting entrance garden, which is a long wall of bright flowers with green roofs in front. This densely planted walk of bright tulips, boxwood and cedars, makes an impressive “B side.”

I want to try this idea at once! I have a red wagon, I just have to get a load of blooming plants and tuck them in to make this charming, colourful focal point.

This interpretation of the phrase “snake in the grass” is a delightful part of the large children’s play area of slides, a climbing wall and musical instruments.

Another inspiration: this bench of logs is also part of the children’s play garden. I’ll take two or three of these for around my yard, please.
     There is so much more to see (and buy) at Canada Blooms. The garden festival runs until March 20.


  • Can’t believe you didn’t stop in for tea!

  • If we knew we had a standing invitation, we would have!

  • Just got this message directly to me, from Pam: “We are going to go tomorrow. Wonderful photos. thank you.”
    To which I reply: Thanks for letting us know. I think you’ll enjoy exploring everything.

  • HD video of the 2011 Feature Garden Award winners is at

  • Thanks, Peter, for adding this link here.

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