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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Everything's coming up roses and more at Canada Blooms; Disney On Ice puts on a frosty show


   One-Tank Trip for Feb.29/20

   (c) By Jim Fox
    Postmedia Network/Sun Media

   There will be many “green thumbs” filling Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto for a taste of spring at Canada Blooms.
  Canada Blooms Flower of the Year is the Sincerity dahlia.
    The expansive annual garden gala from March 13 to 22 has been “inspiring visitors with its creative floral designs, unique seminars, breathtaking gardens and expert advice” for 24 years, publicist Courtney De Caire said.
    Canada Blooms was founded by Landscape Ontario and the Garden Club of Toronto and transforms the Enercare Centre into a colourful, idyllic space for guests to explore, she added.
   This year, designers and landscapers are taking their creations to “new heights,” working within the theme Birds of a Feather.
   “We thought that it would be fun to let our designers get creative and ‘spread their wings’ with this year’s theme,” said Terry Caddo, Canada Blooms executive director.
Inspiring displays and spring aromas fill Canada Blooms.
    As thousands of people flock to the show, they will experience lush gardens and beautiful floral designs.
   Co-located with the National Home Show, it has the largest feature garden in the show’s history.
   It’s the Bienenstock natural playground, a “full sensory experience” with nature and accessible to everyone.

   It is a fully interactive and barrier-free play space providing an accessible natural environment for people of all ages with special needs to hear the birds and take in the natural surroundings.
This floral design by Trudy Grantham was a previous award winner.
    Garden designers and floral artists are incorporating birds, feathers, bird baths and more with some focusing on similarities between people, plants and insects.
   Canada Blooms Flower of the Year is the Sincerity dahlia from Syngenta Flowers North America.
   It is “big, bold and beautiful,” with many early blooms of large pink and white bi-colour flowers with a touch of yellow at their centre.
   There will be about 500 of the flowers in gardens and featured areas at Canada Blooms this spring.

   Little green thumbs up
   Falling during the March school break, Canada Blooms hosts creative garden workshops for children.
Kids just want to get down and dirty at the flower show.
    They can learn and create pieces of art using garden-inspired crafts at a series of educational workshops and demonstrations for ages seven to 10.
    “We want our young visitors to be able to get their hands dirty and learn all about birds and seed planting from experienced master gardeners,” said garden pro Mark Cullen.
   Activities include learning how to make a bird’s nest and backyard bird feeder, creating a succulent garden, planting methods to attract birds, growing a Chia grass bird and learning all about owls.
   There will also be a treasure hunt for kids 12 and younger to find various types of trees from a map. For more details: canadablooms.com

   Enchantment on ice
Barbie and Ken take a spin along the ice at the Disney show.
    Just in time for the March Break is Disney On Ice skating into Hamilton with Worlds of Enchantment.
   “Rev up for non-stop fun with four favourite Disney stories, said publicist Beth Merrick.
   It happens at FirstOntario Centre March 18 to 22 for 10 performances by Feld Entertainment, Inc.
   Live on ice are Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney and Pixar Cars performing high-speed stunts and racing around.
   There’s Ariel and the underwater kingdom of Disney’s the Little Mermaid.
Disney and Pixar Cars perform high-speed stunts on ice.
    Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and other favourites from Disney and Pixar Toy Story 3 try to escape from Sunnyside Daycare.
   Then enter the world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa from the animated feature film Disney’s Frozen. disneyonice.com or ticketmaster.ca

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Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
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