As I gather my thoughts around the content of this newsletter I am taken back by the digit 2. It is no longer 2011 but 2012.
Before you launch yourself into the New Year I have a favour to ask. Would you mind taking the time to reflect on the year that just flew by and answer this question, "What amusing thing happened in your garden?"
North America's biggest home, garden show swings into Spring
Canada Blooms, National Home Show come together under one roof for 10-day showcase.
Gardening enthusiasts itching to get their green thumbs back in the soil after a long winter will be able to get a jump start on spring when Canada's two premier consumer lifestyles events share space under one roof this March to create North America's single-largest home and garden experience.
Canada Blooms and The National Home Show will co-locate for a 10-day run from March 16-25, 2012 at Toronto's Direct Energy Centre, providing an expected audience of more than 250,000 visitors a dazzling variety of expanded exhibits to explore in 600,000 square feet of display space.
"Putting these events side-by-side creates a situation where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts," said Gerry Ginsberg, General Manager of Canada Blooms. "We believe this co-location will allow us to achieve a new standard of excellence and significantly enhance the customer experience for hundreds of thousands of garden and home enthusiasts that visit these events each year."
The agreement to share space for the show is not a merger, nor is Marketplace Events purchasing Canada Blooms. Each event will maintain its own identity and operate separately, offering an expanded line-up of displays, workshops and entertainment.
"Audiences of both of these powerhouse events share many common interests. It was a natural extension for us to co-locate, which makes it easier for visitors to enjoy both shows at a single venue and get inspired to roll up their sleeves for the upcoming gardening season," Ginsberg said.
Canada Blooms, marking its 16th year, will create and expand their feature gardens and floral displays in the larger Hall A. The Canada Blooms "Marketplace" will move into Heritage Court and the Industry Building. The National Home Show will occupy the remainder of the exhibit space, including Halls B, C, D and North Extension where the popular Dream Home will be located. As a convenience to consumers, a single ticket purchased at $20 (adults) for either event will allow attendees to visit Canada Blooms, The National Home Show or both events.
Highlights of Canada Blooms 2012:
* "CityCulture" theme, combining gardens with performances and art installations throughout the event, celebrates the host city of Toronto and the diverse range of cultures that come together to make it one of the most vibrant Cities in the world.
* Canada Blooms' 1st international garden. The City of Taipei, Taiwan will present a Featured Garden, reflecting the culture, diversity and native horticultural line that heighten the city's beauty and make it a top travel destination;
* Canada Blooms will donate $50,000 in proceeds towards the creation of June Callwood Park, in memory of acclaimed journalist, author, TV host and community activist;
* Canada Blooms presents the 2nd "JUNO Rock" Gardens, featuring four gardens inspired by JUNO-winning artists Kesha Chante, Jann Arden, Feist and Sarah Slean/Royal Wood, reflecting their style and genre. As an added bonus, Royal Wood will perform on the Canada Blooms main stage Tuesday, March 20;
* Landscape Ontario's Green for Life Garden, one of the most intricate gardens presented at Canada Blooms, will showcase some of the leading design and floral features in Ontario;
* Garden Club of Toronto Floral Hall: Over 12,000 square feet of stunning floral creations presented in the prestigious Garden Club of Toronto's Horticultural and Design Competition. Open to non professional exhibitors and garden club members.
* March is for Families: Designed to engage kids in 'outdoor' activity, Gardens for Living will create an extraordinary activity area in a 3,000-square-foot space.
* Blooms Gardening Solutions and Master Gardener Speaker Series: Enjoy daily free seminars by leading Canadian Experts speaking on the Do's and Don'ts for this year's garden season.
* Meet Canada's Premier Gardening Personalities:
Learn the latest gardening techniques from Canada's top experts on the Unilock Celebrity Stage presented by HGTV daily, including Mark Cullen, Charlie Dobbin, Frank Ferragine and Denis Flanagan.
* Wine Sensory Garden: Sit back, relax and enjoy the surrounding Sensory Gardens presented by Reif Estate Winery and Mori Gardens over a glass of award-winning glass of Ontario wine, paired with fine cheeses by the Dairy Famers of Canada.
About Canada Blooms
Canada Blooms is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to the community throughout the year by funding community garden projects around Ontario. Canada Blooms is also dedicated to providing the community with horticulture expertise, education and resources on an ongoing basis.
Now in its 16th year, Canada Blooms was founded by Landscape Ontario and The Garden Club of Toronto. Each year it is supported by a committed group of partners, sponsors and volunteers.
Canada Blooms has been named One of Ontario's Top 100 Events by Festivals and Events Ontario and One of North America's Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association. Canada Blooms is also the recipient of the 2011 Garden Tourism Award for "Garden Tourism Festival of the Year".
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