Flower Power Returns to Toronto



    Canada Blooms celebrates twelfth year as Canada's premier flower and
    garden festival

    TORONTO, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - This year Canada Blooms redefines 'Flower Power'
with a celebration of gardens, displays and special guests that encompass the
idealism and optimism of the '60s, the inspirational power of gardens and
flowers, and the eco-savvy future of horticulture in Canada. From March 12 to
16, Toronto's Metro Convention Centre will be transformed into Canada's
largest flower and garden festival, showcasing outstanding floral and
landscape products and services.
    "After a long Canadian winter, the Canada Blooms Festival is one of the
first signs of spring," says Gerry Ginsberg, General Manager, Canada Blooms.
"Garden-lovers from Canada and the U.S. Border States come to Toronto to
immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and smells of spring and find out
more about the latest in horticultural design, products, flowers and plants at
Canada Blooms."
    For the first time this year, Canada Blooms will feature theme days
throughout the five-day event, including: Garden Travel Day (Mar 12), Plant
Day (Mar 13) Design Day (Mar 14), Ecology Day (Mar 15) and City of Toronto Day
(Mar 16). In conjunction with each day's theme, Gardening Life will host an
educational series led by Canada's foremost gardening and horticultural
experts.
    And, because this year Canada Blooms is taking place during March Break,
the Toronto Botanical Garden will run a special children's program called "Can
You Dig It? for kids!" Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, the children's area will
engage kids in the wonders of nature as they learn to paint garden pots, plant
seeds, follow the worms as they make soil, dig in the sand pits and tend
special gardens. Parents can also read a story about nature in the book nook
and take advantage of the private nursing room and stroller parking area.

    
    Other highlights of the 2008 Canada Blooms Festival include:

    -   Explore a range of uniquely designed bird habitat shelters in a
        spectacular setting at Scotts' Wild Bird Habitat. The bird feeders
        will be designed and built by students and faculty from the
        Department of Architectural Science and the Landscape Design Program
        of the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University in
        collaboration with youth from the Yonge Street Mission. Canada Blooms
        visitors will be the first to see these exciting bird habitat feeders
        before they move to a permanent installation at the Scotts Wild Bird
        Trail in Riverwood Nature Park in Mississauga.

    -   Whether you're all thumbs or have a green thumb, Home Depot Outdoor
        Living Central will help you make the most out of gardening season
        and outdoor living. With more than 3000 square foot of decking and
        gardens, The Home Depot area features experts and displays covering
        topics such as urban gardening, container gardening, ECO options, low
        water usage, Terracycle, vertical planting and more. Festival-goers
        can also check out Home Depot's new solar-powered lawn mower.

    -   New for 2008, visit the showcase for Communities in Bloom Presented
        by Tourism Ireland and experience the beauty of Ontario's award-
        winning municipalities: Town of Petrolia, Town of Carleton Place,
        City of Pickering, Town of Gravenhurst and City of Dryden. With the
        help of Communities in Bloom, municipalities such as these are
        reaping the tourism, social and economic benefits of fostering civic
        pride, environmental awareness and municipal beautification.

    -   Increasingly people want to support their local economy by purchasing
        products grown in Ontario. Yet research shows that one in five don't
        know the origin of the flowers and potted plants they buy. Visit
        Canada Bloom's Pick Ontario area to find out more about the over 50
        varieties of cut flowers and 150 varieties of potted plants produced
        in Ontario.
    

    Tickets for Canada Blooms are $18.00 and can be purchased in advance for
a reduced rate of $16.00 at any Sobey's Store in Ontario, or online at
www.canadablooms.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase daily during
the festival at the Canada Blooms ticket booth located on the 600 level of the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. And, new this year, guests
save $8 when they visit Canada Blooms after 5 pm courtesy of Royal Bank of
Canada.

    About Canada Blooms

    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, Royal Bank of Canada, Miracle-Gro, Sobeys
Ontario, Unilock Ltd., Heart & Stroke Foundation, Lombard
Insurance/Sinclair-Cockburn, Nestle Canada, Vincor, CN Tower, Gardening Life,
National Post, Global TV, Arbor Memorial Services, Brookdale Tree Nurseries,
Tourism Ireland, 5th Business, Artificial Grass and Landscaping, Scotts Canada
and EZ Rock.
    Canada Blooms is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to the
community throughout the year by funding community garden projects around
Ontario. 2008 proceeds will support the new Woodland Walk Entrance Garden
presented at the Toronto Botanical Garden. 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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