Well it’s the beginning of February and this signals the time when we start to pre-build some of our components for the upcoming Canada Blooms Flower and Garden Festival. We were fortunate enough to have been selected this year to construct a feature garden at the show. For those of you who don’t know what Canada Blooms is or how it works, I’ll give you a quick run down.
Canada Blooms, The Flower and Garden Festival, is a home show which exhibits displays from various landscape contractors and architects. The show is put on by the amazing people at Landscape Ontario and is made possible by the countless volunteers who help out with the show. The main purpose of the show is to promote our industry by showcasing some unique, and sometimes out there, designs that may be lurking in the minds of the selected garden builders. The envelope has been pushed, and now we’re on to pushing other stationary, when it comes to the creativity presented by some of these displays. The Canada Blooms design selection committee, a group of industry professionals who are in charge of reviewing all of the applications, has a tough job every year picking the most creative and inspiring designs. Yes that’s right. You have to be picked to get in! Unlike other home shows where you pay your fee for your display space and away you go, Canada Blooms won’t let you in if your design is not up to the standards they are looking to achieve. We were fortunate enough to have been selected for the last two years (’12, ’13) and our record is a perfect 3 for 3 with the 2014 show running from March 14-23 at the Direct Energy Center in Toronto.
Our 2014 Submission
This is the design that we submitted which won us our spot in the show. The layout has evolved a little over the last few months, but the key elements of the display still remain the same. If you know us, you know that our specialty is water. Our garden will have multiple kinds of water features throughout. We will create a meandering pathway, comprised of various natural materials, that will cross the water in different locations. We plan on using a nice mixture of stone and wood as our base hardscape materials.
Our plants will consist of many different ferns and grasses, Serviceberries, Pine, Spruce, Birch and a lot of native shrubs. We ordered a ton of daffodils that will provide vibrant splashes of colour around our garden.
For our Canada Blooms gardens in 2012 and 2013, we included a surprise signature water feature. These features can be clasified as works of art. I construct them using different natural materials that I think will look cool. Well to be honest, its whatever I can find laying around. These features take many hours to build but I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t love doing it. This year will be no different. We will have a signature piece on display, but you will have to come to the show to find out what it is!
2013 Signature Water Feature
2012 Signature Water Feature (we sold it to some awesome people!)
Next week I will write about our theme this year. I will also tell you all about some of our sponsors. We have collaborated with some other garden builders to bring you a very grand exhibit.
Stay warn people! Spring is almost here!
Thanks for reading!
Landscape Joe – Up THE Creek