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Canada Blooms: Flower & Garden Festival

  • Mar 14, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Edible Gardens Go Global at Canada Blooms, the flower and garden festival! Stroll through inspirational garden designed by some of the country and world's top garden designers. Visit the Canada Blooms website for tickets and more information.

Walk down the graffiti alley and into our urban backyard garden, overflowing with exciting new vegetables from around the world…okra, eggplant, peppers, long-beans and more. Farmers from across Ontario’s Greenbelt are already successfully growing world crops and creating new markets close to home. Join the movement! Be inspired by our feature garden at Canada Blooms (March 14-23, 2014) and pick up your free Okra seed pack and get started this summer. You’ll learn how to reuse furniture, recycle water and make your garden more pollinator-friendly.

From eggplant to okra, discover how world food crops are now being grown in Ontario’s Greenbelt. 

Designed by: Paul Zammit, Peter Mitchell, Damian Adjodha 

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Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation will be showcasing world crops at Canada Blooms, from Friday, March 14 to Sunday, March 23, 2014. Visit us at Toronto's Direct Energy Centre in Booth A20.

Canada Blooms attendees will encounter beautifully displayed world crops and learn about their history and cooking uses. Walk down the graffiti alley and into an urban backyard garden, overflowing with exciting new vegetables from around the world -- Okra, Chinese hot red peppers, Thai hot chili peppers, Yard-long beans, Bottle Gourd, Daikon radish and exotic eggplants. Get further inspiration on how to creatively reuse furniture, recycle water and make your garden more pollinator-friendly.

Find out more about the Greenbelt and world crops >>>


On Saturday, March 15 at 2 p.m. on the Unilock Celebrity Stage, TBG Director of Horticulture Paul Zammit and agroecologist Damian Adjodha will share their local experiences on growing Okra and other nutritious and delicious vegetables from around the globe. Following their talk, local chef and organic food advocate Richa Gupta, owner of Good Food for Good, will be offering Okra food sampling in the 'Edible Gardens Go Global' feature garden.

Click here for more world crop videos with Paul and Damian >>>

Toronto urban beekeepers will be offering honey tasting daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the TBG retail booth (A20). Challenge your taste buds and experience the difference between buckwheat, blueberry and polyfloral honey. TBG will also be sampling honey from its very own bee hives. A selection of local honey and related products will be available for sale.

TBG has partnered with Garden Making magazine for Canada Blooms. Visit Michael and Beckie Fox in our booth for your special subscription offer which includes a copy of the spring issue and the Container Guide. A portion of all Garden Making subscriptions sold at the show will be donated to Toronto Botanical Garden. Enjoy!

Celebrating the beauty of nature and TBG's commitment to sustainable practices, 10 Canadian-made gardening lines will be featured in the shop, including Edible Antiques sustainable seed line, shipped in hand-painted seed packs, and The Woodlot's buttons, necklaces and cufflinks all made from reclaimed wood.

Immediately following their main stage lectures, gardening authors including Niki Jabbour (Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plants that will Change the Way you Grow your Garden), Frankie Ferragine (Power Plants, Get Growing, Pot it Up) and Miriam Goldberger (Taming Wildflowers) will be available in TBG's retail booth (A20) to sign copies of their recent books.
 A full schedule can be found at

Buy your tickets to Canada Blooms Early and Save!

In 2014 Canada Blooms is going Wild! Garden designers and builders will be creating acres of fantasy gardens that capture the imagination, with vibrant colours, alluring fragrances, and captivating designs to overtake your senses.

Buy your tickets to Canada Blooms online to save $3 off the regular ticket price. Use the promotional code "CBTBG" and Toronto Botanical Garden will receive $2 from each adult ticket purchased.

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