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Canada Blooms Theme for 2013 is 'The Magic of Spring', in celebration of the time of year when Canadians finally emerge from our long winter hibernation, toss off our winter jackets and head into the great outdoors (or the nearest patio).

This year we welcome the official start of spring on March 20th, in the middle of Canada Blooms 18th annual celebration.

"Spring is definitely our most awaited for season," Colomba Fuller, Artistic Director, Canada Blooms. "After our long Canadian winters, we look forward to the warmth of the sun, and clear days. We shed our layers, feel active, and light hearted."

How to Prepare For Spring

This year, Canada Blooms' Floral Image for 2013 is the Hellebore. Hellebores are the harbingers of spring with an early spring bloom just above the snow. We know it's time to head to the garden, when these flowers sprout.

However, unlike many Canadians, our gardens need preparation before spring arrives.

1. Set up your composting area.
Compost is the black gold of the gardener's world; sure, you can purchase bags of it at the local nursery or co-op, but you can also create it yourself out of food and yard waste.


2. Start saving containers for those seedlings.
Start saving small containers (egg cartons are superb) for those seedlings you can grow yourself; in many areas of the country, you'll want to get those seeds growing in February so they'll be ready to plant in the ground by April or May.

3. Order your seeds.
This may be every gardener's favorite part: browsing the seed catalogs and websites and picking out all the delicious, beautiful plants to grow this year. Order your seeds now so you'll have them in time to start planting them indoors.

4. Prep your soil as much as possible.
Depending on your location, the only soil prep you may be able to do at this point is just say a little prayer for it. But in many parts of the country, days of snow and ice will be interspersed with days of warmer weather and thawed ground. On those days, get out there and do as much work as possible to break up the soil.

5. Get your garden tools and potting area ready.
Claim a corner in the garage, workshop, or patio as your own. Pull out that old, dusty table from the attic or spare bedroom. Give it a bright, cheery coat of paint on a sunny day, set it up, and you've got a brand-new potting area ready.

For more information on flowers and gardening, visit Canada Blooms - Canada's largest flower and garden celebration - March 15th-24th, 2013 at the Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

The 2013 Festival Highlights

Canada Blooms is Canada?s largest flower and garden festival and is made up of five main areas of special presentation:

(i) Flowers which come from 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.

(ii) Education, featuring the best known garden and landscape experts from across Canada

(iii) Marketplace showcasing the latest and greatest garden and landscape products and services

(iv) The Feature Gardens created by Ontario?s premier landscape architects and designers

(v) Special Sponsor Features

Additional Highlights:

  • The Grey Power 'Garden Solutions' Educational Series
  • The Master Gardeners Speakers Series
  • Wine Sensory Garden presented by Reif Estate Winery & Mori Gardens
  • Experience the Parklane and Tourism Ireland 'Spring Gathering' etc.
  • Win a Trip to the Gardens of Spain with Air Canada, Tourist Office of Spain and Toronto Star
  • Scotts Canada 'Ask the Experts and New Product' Stage
  • RE/MAX 'Get Curbalicious' Feature

Cultural Performances and Special Days

UNILOCK 'CELEBRITY' STAGE PRESENTED BY HGTV. FUNDING SUPPORT PROVIDED BY PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.

SPECIAL DAYS - FRIDAY, MARCH 15 - NTD CANADA - CHINESE CULTURE DAY WITH EVENING PERFORMANCE, SATURDAY, MARCH 16 - UNILOCK CANADA DAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 17 - ST. PATRICK'S DAY WITH TOURISM IRELAND, MONDAY, MARCH 18TH - CANADIAN WILDLIFE DAY, TUESDAY, MARCH 19 - CTS-TV DAY, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20TH - PICK ONTARIO DAY, THURSDAY, MARCH 21 - METROLAND MEDIA DAY - FIRST DAY OF SPRING, FRIDAY, MARCH 22 - CP 24 DAY, SATURDAY, MARCH 23 - SCOTTS CANADA DAY, SUNDAY, MARCH 24 - GREY POWER INSURANCE DAY.

About Canada Blooms

Canada Blooms is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to the community throughout the year by funding community garden projects around Ontario. Canada Blooms is also dedicated to providing the community with horticulture expertise, education and resources on an ongoing basis.

Now in its seventeenth year, Canada Blooms was founded by Landscape Ontario and The Garden Club of Toronto. Each year it is supported by a committed group of partners, sponsors and volunteers. The 2012-13 Festival sponsors include: UNILOCK, Scotts Canada, Ontario Tourism, Miracle-Gro, Canadian Cancer Society, Tourism Ireland, Discounters Pool and Spa, Lexus, Hyatt Regency, InterContinental Hotel Toronto, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto, Homes Publishing, Toronto Botanical Garden, Pick Ontario, Growers of Ontario, Twinings Tea, GardenMaking Magazine, Gardens Central Magazine, Canadian Gardening, Ontario Gardener Magazine, The Toronto Star, AM740, The New Classical 96.3FM, Epoch Times and CTV.

Canada Blooms has been named One of Ontario's Top 100 Events by Festivals and Events Ontario and One of North America?s Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association.

For more information and to purchase festival tickets please visit: www.canadablooms.com.

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