March 30, 2011

Canada Blooms 2011

March 17, 2011

Thursday was a horrendously busy day, really good, but busy. I started into town from Hamilton Union Station. As I was waiting in line, a nice woman in front of me turned and asked me, “Are you going into Canada Blooms?”

We had an hour to chat on our way to Toronto and it turned out that she was one of now hundreds of people who had seen my video on the Construction of Canada Blooms. That always surprises me but this year at Canada Blooms and other garden places there is always someone who turns to me and says, “You're that guy that does that blog!”

When I arrived at Canada Blooms at 10 a.m. I did a quick photo shoot with Gabriela Delworth, a wonderful woman who has just produced a new Flower and Leaf Press. My next entry is will cover her new release.

(Viewers on certain mobile devices will be able to see this video now on Vimeo!)

Then I spent the rest of the morning video taping the show with my flip camera. This video was only the 4th time that I used my new Sony Vegas Movie Studio editing software, but I think I'm really getting the hang of it. I hope you enjoy it.

There are some great still photos available to see online. Ian Service and Jules Oille covered the show systematically and completely. Their photos are brilliant.

The last part of the show that I photographed was the Celebrity flower arranging contest on the Green For Life Stage. After three years of trying, “Super Model” Enza Anderson is finally the winner!

Enza Anderson

At the end of the day I had the great pleasure to photograph some of the guys who received some of the Landscape Ontario Awards for their work on the show. Phil Charal of Allweather Landscape won the Outstanding Outdoor Living Space Presented by Permacon Group for the Home Depot Backyard Oasis.

Phil Charal

Arvils Lukks of Landscapes by Lucin won the Outstanding use of walkways, presented by Permacon Group, for installation, Midnight Train To Georgia.

Arvils Lukks

Rio Hoshino of Miyabi Inc won two awards for the Canadian Cancer Society's 'Daffodils - the Fight is On.' The first was for Outstanding Representation of Sponsor Message, presented by Hub Sinclair-Cockburn, and the second is the Garden Club of Toronto award for Best Overall Use of Colour.

Rio Hoshino

In appreciation of years of selfless dedication to the horticultural industry and outstanding contribution to the association, Gerald Boot was appointed an Honorary Life Member and given a plaque.

Gerald Boot
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If you are hosting a garden related event in the GTA and would like it covered in gardentoronto.ca or would like to place an e-poster about it on our Events Calendar, just contact me. I am always delighted to promote anything gardening in Toronto.

Mark Disero

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