Canada Blooms was held at the Direct Energy Centre, the new site for this year. The committee had been after this venue for some time and it wasn’t until the changed Toronto gun bylaws forced the Sportsman Show to relocate that the beneficial swap came about. They ended up moving to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the old home of Blooms.
There was anticipation that the Direct Energy Centre would be a better place with everything on one level and plenty of parking right at the event. The move paid off as the show was packed every day, the increased number of vendors was extremely happy with sales and people that hadn’t been for awhile liked the new location.
There were 22 featured gardens and although the show appeared smaller, the square footage was the same as the Convention Centre.
Oh look! I found a lavender display in the Marketplace and they had some neat things.
Check out this table of goodies. I bought one of the bird's nest dishes that will be perfect for candies on a side table.
Do you recognize this lovely lady? None other than Sonia Day, a fellow member of the Garden Writers Association and author who has two new books out. 'Incredible Edibles' and 'Middle-Aged Spread~Moving to the Country at 50'.
Yes, we are served wine at our luncheon and cheers to you Sonia, good luck with your book sales.
A surprise guest who dropped by to say hello to us and acknowledge graciously that garden writers do sell garden ing products. On the left is Veronica Sliva, our regional 7 national director and Mark Disero, the man who convinced Martha to make the visit to our meeting. Thanks Mark!
(This photo is not my own but I don't know who took it to give the credit to).
I should mention here too that fellow GWA member and author Beckie Fox has the first issue of her new gardening magazine 'GardenMaking' out. Beckie was once the editor for Canadian Gardening magazine and if the rest of her publications are like the first, it will be a winner.
There were lots of flowers at Blooms as usual and I'll leave you with this sea of red tulips I snapped.