Tom and I travelled to Toronto today to see Canada Blooms 2012. I haven’t been in three years. We were both shocked by the reduced size of the show. It is now paired with the Home Show, which is at least twice the size of Blooms. Anyway, enough about size issues.
Despite the small space, it was quite enjoyable to walk around gardens in March, which were in full bloom. The Cancer Society Garden was full of daffodils and signs of remembrance. There were lists of why people wore the daffodil; for a brother, a mother, or some other loved one that they had lost. It certainly brought a tear to my eye. The daffodil is still a symbol of hope, and was one my Mom’s favourite flowers.
This tiny corner garden probably won the most awards. Torontonians will immediately recognize the sign and symbols of Toronto scattered throughout the garden. Roncesvalle is a trendy part of Toronto next to High Park. This garden pays homage to a lovely area of Toronto that is both urban and rural.
It’s not the Chelsea Flower Show, but it was very enjoyable. We didn’t make it to the wine tasting, but I think some of the Toronto Football supporters had made it to the beer tent…several times. The train ride back was awash with the red and white colours of the local team, as well as the second hand beer vapours of the supporters.