Toronto's City within a Park receives three awards at Canada Blooms

    TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ - Toronto's City within a Park feature garden
display took special honours at the gala opening of Canada Blooms 2007: The
Toronto Flower and Garden Show. The innovative display, designed and installed
by Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff, received the following awards from
show judges:

    -   The Universal Access Award for overall accessibility
    -   The Humber Nurseries Award for best use of soft landscape elements
    -   The Environmental Award for incorporating green practices into the
        garden display.

    City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation has a long history of
involvement with Canada Blooms, but this marks the first year its display has
been officially recognized by the judges. "This is a significant achievement
for the City of Toronto," said Mayor David Miller. "Our success at Canada
Blooms speaks to the progress we have made implementing the City's Clean and
Beautiful City initiative. Congratulations to staff for their achievement."
    "I am very proud of the Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff team who
work so hard to beautify our city's parks, gardens and public spaces," said
Brenda Librecz, General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. "We have
come a long way over the past number of years. Our success at Canada Blooms,
clearly positions our talented staff as innovative leaders in horticultural,
design and environmental excellence throughout Toronto and the country."
    Toronto's City within a Park garden display was designed and installed by
Parks, Forestry and Recreation's Horticulture unit and Parks Development and
Infrastructure Management branch with support from the Toronto Environment
Office. The display mixes traditional horticultural elements of pattern,
texture and colour within a contemporary structural framework. The garden
includes a living green wall that is both functional and beautiful, as its
tropical plants help to clean the air and produce oxygen while providing
visual richness. A central walkway provides a setting for art and cultural
expression with giclee ("sprayed") prints of Toronto's trees by Toronto
photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo set among the plant material. The display
also incorporates the re-use of salvaged and re-claimed materials, and the
integration of a wind turbine.
    Canada Blooms 2007: The Toronto Flower and Garden Show runs from March 7
to 11 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto's City within a Park is
listed as Canada Blooms Garden 14. City of Toronto expert horticulturists,
foresters and recreationists will be on-hand at the garden for the duration of
the show. For more information, visit

    In addition to being responsible for the stewardship of 7,390 hectares of
green space and 1,470 named parks, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation
provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and
abilities. Its vision is to ensure all Torontonians enjoy active, healthy
lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure and recreation
programs, services and facilities, provided by Toronto Parks, Forestry and
Recreation in partnership with the community.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic
engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North
America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for
quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is
dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information: Media contacts: Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Media Hotline, (416) 560-8726; Wynna Brown, Senior Communications Advisor,
(416) 397-4059

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