And the Bloom Goes On... After another successful year, Canada Blooms donates flowers, annuals, shrubs and trees to the City of Toronto



    TORONTO, March 18 /CNW/ - With the snow still piled up outside, the first
signs of spring appeared inside last week at Canada's largest garden and
flower festival, the 12th annual Canada Blooms. The five-day 'Flower Power'
themed Festival made its mark with more than 100,000 visitors enjoying
beautiful feature gardens, displays and special guest speakers. And this year
Canada Blooms will continue to brighten a wintery March with the donation of
flowers, annuals, shrubs and trees to the City of Toronto.
    "This year we've partnered with the City of Toronto to re-use as much of
the plant material as possible after Canada Blooms," says Gerry Ginsberg,
General Manager, Canada Blooms. "About 600 potted flowers and plants will be
distributed to local seniors, while about 75 large trees and perennial shrubs
will be re-planted in The City's green spaces this spring."
    As a part of the donation to The City, flowers and plants will be given
to residents of a local Home for the Aged and delivered to clients of
meals-on-wheels program as well as to a number of other community clients
served by the City's homemakers and nurses services program, adult day program
and supportive housing program. The trees and perennial shrubs from Canada
Blooms will be stored by The City at Downsview Park, until they can be planted
this summer.
    In addition, proceeds from Canada Blooms 2008 will help support the new
Woodland Walk at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Located at the corner of
Lawrence Avenue and Leslie Street, the new garden will be highly visible from
the street and will announce the presence and beauty of the gardens that lie
beyond. This new pedestrian entryway will be installed this spring, offering
four season appeal with native plants, ornamental grasses and a collection of
dogwoods and trilliums.

    Award Winning Designs
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    Each year visitors and industry contributors to Canada Blooms are invited
to participate in the Festival by voting for their favourite displays and
gardens. This year People's Choice award winners include:

    
    -  The Miracle-Gro Do Up the Doorstep Challenge attracted many visitors
       to vote for their favourite celebrity-designed doorstep in a People's
       Choice format. Out of 12 contestants, Paul Zammit of Plant World came
       out with the top design, receiving $2,000 from Scotts for his
       favourite charitable cause.

    -  The People's Garden - Consumer Choice winner was the Circle of
       Life - The Urban Hub feature garden designed by Forestell Designed
       Landscaping and Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc. Honourable
       Mentions were also awarded to Backyard Ecotopia, Jan Gelderman
       Landscaping & ShadeMaster Landscaping Ltd. and The Green Playground by
       Gardens For Living Inc.

    Other Canada Blooms award winners include:
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    Category                         Winning Garden       Contributor
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    Certified Landscape Designer     Macroscape    Oriole Landscaping Inc. &
    Award for Best Interpretation                  Plant Architect Inc.
    of Show Theme
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    The Laguna Water Garden Award    Backyard      Jan Gelderman Landscaping
    for Best Overall Use of Water    Ecotopia      & Shademaster Landscaping
                                                   Ltd.
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    The Garden Club of Toronto       Groovin' in   City of Brampton
    Award for Best Overall Use of    the Garden
    Colour
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    The W.E. Bridgeman Trophy for    Power Play    Royalty Landscaping & Ron
    Best Overall Use of Hard                       Holbrook & Associates
    Landscape Elements
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    The Humber Nurseries Award       Macroscape    Plant Architect Inc. &
    for Best Overall Use of Plant                  Oriole Landscaping Ltd.
    Material
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    The Leslie L. Solty Award for    Beautifully   PMA Landscape Architects
    Best Overall Creativity in       Parched       & Toronto Botanical Garden
    Garden Design
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    The Landscape Ontario Award      Go Green      Vast Exteriors Inc.
    for Best Overall Quality of
    Workmanship
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    "This year we built new partnerships and added new highlights such as
theme days and special garden tourism and culinary sections to the Festival,"
adds Ginsberg. "Thanks to the tremendous support of our sponsors, dedicated
staff and volunteers, we have enhanced our position as the largest garden and
flower event in Canada, and now look forward to an even bigger event next
year."
    Plans for next year's Canada Blooms Festival are already underway. In
2009, Canada Blooms will take place from March 18 through 22 at the Metro
Toronto Convention Centre.

    About Canada Blooms
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    Now in its twelfth year, Canada Blooms Festival was originally founded by
Landscape Ontario and The Garden Club of Toronto to bring together the very
best of the garden industry and community. Each year it is supported by a
committed group of partners, sponsors and volunteers. In 2008, Festival
sponsors include The Home Depot, RBC, Miracle-Gro, Sobeys Ontario,
Unilock Ltd., Heart & Stroke Foundation, Ontario Toyota Dealers, Lombard
Insurance/Sinclair-Cockburn, Nestle Canada, Niagara Wine Garden, CN Tower,
Gardening Life, National Post, Global TV, Arbor Memorial Services, Brookdale
Tree Nurseries, Tourism Ireland, 5th Business, Artificial Grass and
Landscaping, Scotts Canada, 97.3 FM EZ Rock, CFRB Newstalk 1010, Reactine,
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, VIA Rail, Laguna Ponds and Ontario
Tourism.
    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.





For further information:

For further information: Melanie Rockliff, Moona Syed, Palette PR, (416)
703-9859, ext. 14, 15, mrockliff@palettepr.com, msyed@palettepr.com; Gerry
Ginsberg, Canada Blooms, (416) 447-8655 x 24, gerry.ginsberg@canadablooms.com

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