My first speaking engagement at Canada Blooms was a success. I spoke on the history of Canadian gardens as one of the master gardeners for Ontario. While attendance was low according to those who know better than I, I had some great feedback from those that came to hear me talk. Thank goodness because I never got rid of that feeling of nerves, it plagued me the entire time. Over. Done. Next?
I have been to Canada Blooms a few times before and as usual saw some many wonderful plant displays, especially those that were judged. Here are some photos to help you visualize:
To me this says cheery au naturel with the daisies. There were a few other displays trying to create a natural feel.
Ice cream anyone?
Quite the beautiful formal dress. They used cymbidium orchids amongst the green. In fact orchids seemed to be the plant of the show -they were everywhere. The new daffodil perhaps?
Fantastic shoes by the makers of the dress.
This was a cool display. Wavy wood holding beds of herbs and flowering perennials.
Within the designed edge they were growing moss.
A different view.
The Taipei Garden was a visual treat with tall bamboo, white orchids grown vertically and then the rounds of boxwood with dwarf orchids (the latest thing) and edged with ... ah...something blue.
A sample of a green roof design filled with various ground covers.
Here's me presenting my talk on Canadian Gardening, eh!
It was a full day for me as I also volunteered at the master gardener advice clinic for a few hours. We did get an impression of the show from other attendees; a small show compared to other years and not as well attended. Too bad. Hopefully things will improve. A friend just came back from his first time to the Philadelphia International Garden Show and was blown away by it. Definitely on my list for next time.