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Canada Blooms – Wet, Wild and Canadian

Posted by / February 19, 2014 / Categories: Canada Blooms / Tags: , , , , ,

BloomslogoIn my last Canada Blooms post, I explained how the feature garden builders get selected to participate in the festival.  There is a theme for each year that is picked by the Canada Blooms management.  This year the theme is ‘Wild’.  We, the garden designers, must come up with something that fits within that theme.  Our landscaping style has a natural feel so the theme wild wasn’t that far of a stretch for us.

This year, Adam Bienenstock of Bieenenstock Natural Playgrounds, approached me and asked if I wanted to team up with him for a build.  What he proposed was combining our spaces and creating a very large garden that represents a Carolinian forest trail.  He was already working with the legendary artist, Robert Bateman  to promote the newly appointed Robert Bateman Trail located in Toronto.  I thought it was a great opportunity to work with some talented individuals and have a little fun. We, will be in charge of all of the water features found in both gardens.  Needless to say, this created a bit of confusion because we now had to redesign our display to accommodate our newly appointed space.

almanac-logo-white-160x55A few weeks later, we were contacted by Harrowsmith’s Truly Canadian Almanac.  They wanted to write an article on one of the feature garden builders, and they chose us!  Harrowsmith felt that our display, and us as a company, shared their same values.  Our love of sustainability and natural design made us a perfect fit.  The name of the article was titled ‘Wet, Wild, & Canadian’.  Perfect.  That’s now the name of our garden.  Which I might add, sprouted a sigh of relief from everyone I know (my wife especially) because the title “The Inevitable Outcome” that I came up with, was truly hated by all.  Myself included.

Wet, Wild & Canadaian

Our revised 2014 Canada Blooms Garden

So here we are, 16 days away from when we start construction of our display, and I couldn’t be happier.  We are working with some amazing people this year and I know that it will turn out beautifully.

Next week I’ll talk about some of the things we have to do to prepare for the show.  We only have 5 days to construct our garden so a lot of components need to be pre-constructed and assembled on site.  This proves to be a challenging endeavour to say the least!

Click here to read a preview of the Harrowsmith article featuring Genoscape!


Landscape Joe

Welcome to the Wet, Wild and Canadian Feature Garden

Posted by / February 19, 2014 / Categories: Articles / Tags: , , ,


Presented by Harrowsmith
Designed by Joe Genovese
Constructed by Genoscape Inc.

Harrowsmith’s Truly Canadian Almanac is proud to be a media sponsor of the 2014 edition of Canada Blooms—and to present our “Wet, Wild and Canadian Harrowsmith Garden.”
With its rugged rocks, home-grown plants, trickling waterway and natural mulches, our Truly Canadian garden is in keeping with the theme of the 2014 edition of Canada Blooms: “Wild!”
In fact, visitors to our natural, environmentally friendly display garden could be forgiven for thinking they’d wandered into an especially beautiful corner of the Canadian Shield.
“We like the relaxed ‘wild’ look of a landscape that’s familiar to Canadians everywhere,” said Yolanda Thornton, publisher of Harrowsmith’s Truly Canadian Almanac.
“It represents an untouched area left to go wild,” said the garden’s designer, Joe Genovese, of the Toronto-area landscape design firm Genoscape Inc.
At the centre of the ‘Wet, Wild and Canadian Harrowsmith Garden” lies not orchids or roses but a pond. A big pond. Measuring 40 feet by 25 feet (12.2 by 7.6 m), the water feature isn’t the familiar murky puddle inhabited by a few listless koi.
Rather, it reflects Genovese’s preferred approach, which is to create a sustainable ecosystem—a wetland, not just an artificial pool.
Our garden also incorporates native plants and trees, intended to encourage birds, butterflies and bees to the garden.
“It’s a way of doing things that is very much in keeping with the Harrowsmith philosophy,” said Thornton, “and that’s important, because rapid development threatens Canada’s natural habitats.”
The whole point of the Harrowsmith garden is to help visitors accustomed to seeing expanses of exotic foliage and blooms start to think a little differently.
“We want visitors to walk away inspired and better informed about creating natural gardens this year,” says Thornton. “Let’s think of beneficial native plants and trees, not just pretty flowers.”


Genoscape Inc. is a Toronto-area firm with a harmonious, natural approach to landscape design. Owner Joe Genovese works with clients and other companies across the country on a consultative basis, assisting in the design and construction of water features. For more information: (905) 472-9112

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Harrowsmith’s Truly Canadian Almanac is the only modern farmer’s almanac that is truly Canadian. Beloved by gardeners, foodies, eco-minded folks, star-gazers, weather-watchers, do-it-yourselfers, and proud Canadians everywhere. We celebrate country life, small towns & green living in the Great White North.

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