The Canada Blooms Show in Toronto is promoted as the largest garden and flower show in Canada - Philadelphia's is the largest in North America. The trend, however, is that it continues to shrink each year. We toured it in less than an hour. There were still a few 'Wows!' at the entrance. The positive news is that the floral design section expands each year. We saw some familiar faces in the judges' groups and got to say hello.
I wondered what others thought of the show - there are no reviews, just promotional articles explaining what to see. Theresa Forte's article in the St. Catharines Standard on March 8th listed the workshops and speakers and avoided commenting on how small the show is. There doesn't seem to be a major sponsor this year, and there were no garden centres represented in the marketplace. I guess the show has decided to focus on workshops for the family as its main feature, rather than a showcase of garden design. These are expensive ventures - pools and patios all created in a week and then taken apart after the two week show.
We went searching for the Butchart Garden booth to say hello, but it was not present. I wondered if they might bring news of the Victoria Flower Count. It completed yesterday, but the total hasn't been announced yet.
Our own excitement of the Canada Blooms show this year was getting to and from the show. We took Uber rather than driving. We had three trips - a mix of people and vehicles - we were driven home in a huge Ford truck. I had to 'fall out' to reach the ground.
And the highlight was the amazing tiny restaurant at Spadina and Queen - Aloette - sitting at the bar, watching the chef organize each dish - often with tweezers.