December 15, 2014
Landscape Ontario, led by Ottawa Chapter members, will create the Dream Garden at the 2015 Ottawa Home and Garden show, taking place at the EY Centre in Ottawa from Mar. 26 to 29.

The garden, which measures 2,800 sq. ft., will be a celebration of the Canadian landscape and the rich history of horticulture in our nation’s Capital.

The garden will showcase a variety of Canadian landscapes, both urban and rural. It will also highlight some of the many benefits of gardens and green spaces to our communities, health and environment.

The year 2015 is also the 70th anniversary of the Gift of the Tulip to Canada from the Netherlands. The gift led to the creation of the Tulip Festival. In celebration of this important anniversary, the tulip will be highlighted as the feature flower in the Dream Garden and in the other landscape features throughout the show, with Landscape Ontario as a partner.

The design phase is well underway and is led by a team of Ottawa landscape designers. Several industry suppliers have stepped forward with offers of materials. The Home Show has provided funding as part of its partnership with Landscape Ontario. This will allow for the purchase of forced plant material, which will be used throughout the garden to create a vibrant spring environment for the public to enjoy.

The path through the garden will lead visitors through a variety of spaces and landscapes intended to inspire homeowners with examples of what is possible in the Canadian landscape. The path will exit directly in front of the Landscape Ontario booth, where the association and membership and companies involved in the creation of the garden will be showcased to the public.

The 2015 garden is the launch of what is planned to be an even more ambitious partnership with the Home Show in 2016, when the plan is to develop a garden event inspired by the Canada Blooms format. This will include several feature gardens designed and constructed by Landscape Ontario member companies as the centrepiece of the show.

The Public Awareness Committee of the Ottawa Board of Directors has taken the lead on this project. The committee is currently in the process of assembling the team, which will manage the preparation and construction of the garden. If you would like more information, or are interested becoming involved, contact Martha Walsh at

The link to the drop box with the renderings of the design is