July 15, 2009
Canada’s largest flower and garden festival’s new home is in Canada’s largest convention facility.

On June 12 the official announcement came at a press conference revealing that the 13th annual Canada Blooms would move to the Direct Energy Centre from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“Canada Blooms, as a leader in the greening of Canada is pleased to move to one of the world’s most environmentally responsible exhibition facilities,” said Canada Blooms general manager Gerry Ginsberg.

Toronto deputy mayor Joe Pantalone was on hand at the press conference to welcome Canada Blooms. Pantalone, who is also chair of the facility’s board of governors, said, “We welcome such an amazing event as Canada Blooms to this fantastic facility.”

Peter Guinane, co-chair of Canada Blooms, was pleased with the improved access for garden builders, exhibitors and guests. “It provides an easy one-level access.” Many others commented on the large (7,000 vehicles) and less-expensive parking areas along with easy access off the Gardiner Expressway.

The 2010 version of Canada Blooms is scheduled to take place over March Break, from Mar. 17 - 21. The theme for the show, as chosen by the board of governors, is “passion.”  

Over its 13 year history, Canada Blooms has contributed over $500,000 to community horticultural projects. The show is one of the major avenues used by Landscape Ontario to communicate the many benefits of horticulture to the public.