We’d like to think that spring is finally upon us, and that means it’s time to start planning your new garden oasis. The most innovative trends in gardening and landscape design are featured at The National Home Show this year. Canada Blooms 2013 showcases the recurring theme of both modern and versatile gardening ideas.
“One of the biggest trends we are seeing in gardens is the idea of adaptable gardening in our modern world,” said Denis Flanagan of Landscape Ontario. “The world is changing; spaces are getting smaller, people have less time and are more concerned for the environment than ever before. As a result, gardens have had to evolve to survive.”
Denis broke down how these changes are affecting gardening, and was able to pin-point the following four trends that have emerged as a result:
In 2013 we are going to see amazing “containers to go” from garden centres full of tropical flower power complemented with perennial foliage and trailing ivy’s. With a few seasonal plant changes, homeowners will be able to have inviting entrance-ways all season long.
With the environment front and center for this year and the future, look out for water saving ideas including rain barrels, smart sprinkler systems, and rain harvesting techniques.
Not forgetting the pleasure that can be gained from well-designed eco friendly waterfalls, ponds and bog gardens.
From upside down tomato planters to spuds in a tub, vegetable gardeners have more options than ever to grow and harvest their own bountiful harvest with the added comfort that they know the exact source of the produce.
Spending time outside benefits people of all ages, modern garden designs this year will include areas to relax, play, exercise, eat, entertain and enjoy nature.
In today’s stressful, modern world, heeding the sage advice “take time to smell the roses” has never been more important.
The 2013 Festival Highlights
Canada Blooms is Canada’s largest flower shows and one of the top rated garden festivals in North America. It features four main areas for growers and consumers.
The magnificent floral presentations of the newly named Toronto Flower Show which includes entries from regional, national and international competitors and innovative displays from well known professional florists and growers in partnership with pickOntario.
Featuring the best-known garden and landscape experts from across Canada on three stages, events are designed to educated and inspire show attendees.
Showcasing the latest and greatest garden and landscape products and services, attendees can purchase everything from bulbs and seeds to garden tools, accessories and decorative arrangements.
The Feature Gardens
Created by Ontario’s premier landscape architects and designers, there are sponsored displays, competitions and design features throughout the exhibition.
There’s no better place to get a jump on the outdoor growing season, than indoors at the Canada Blooms Festival that runs through March 24th.
Editor, Dawn Boshcoff