Archive for February, 2013

The Garden Shows Begin!

February 20, 2013


February and the snow covers the ground, but gardeners are nothing if not optimistic. This Saturday, February 23, the Toronto Botanical Gardens holds Getting the Jump on Spring. Meet local garden societies and hear inspiring speakers. Admission is free, but a small donation is appreciated. They are located at the corner of Lawrence and Leslie in Toronto. Their website is:

Near the Toronto International Airport is the International Centre. From Thursday Feb 21 through Sunday 24th is Sucessful Gardening along with a large home show. I’m planning to be there Friday and Sunday. There is a very good horticulture competition and some good speakers.

From March 15 – 24 at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto is the Canadian Queen of garden shows, Canada Blooms. You want speakers – they have speakers and some years I plan my visits around who I want to hear. This is a great chance to get inspired and see what is new for the year. Check out the details at

There is a lot of interest in growing your own vegetables and I know some people are looking for heirloom varieties. If you go to Canada Blooms, look for Urban Harvest. They sell lots of different varieties and I’ve had good luck with their seeds.

Finally, there is a new lavender variety, an intermedia, called – ‘Phenomenal’. From the photo I’ve seen the flowers are like Grosso. It will be available in Ontario Canada and I am hoping to get a few of them!