Canada Blooms Welcomes Derrick Hawley As Head Of Horticulture
Canada Blooms is pleased to welcome our new Head of Horticulture, Derrick Hawley. There is a tall task laying in front of you when your business card says the gardens at Canada's largest celebration of gardening and landscaping are under your purview.
But Derrick Hawley is up to the challenge after being named the Horticultural Director for Canada Blooms. A professional agrologist with extensive experience tending the immaculate fairways and greens in the golf sector, Derrick was most recently a turf management and arboriculture instructor at both Durham College and Humber College. (continue reading)
Toronto Flower Show Happenings
You have heard the phrase "good things come in small packages", well whoever coined the phrase must have been thinking about miniatures. You know, those little arrangements that capture the imagination and fit into our ever-growing smaller living accommodations.
What is a miniature design you ask? A miniature is "a design with maximum dimensions of 13.3 cm (5 1/4") in any direction (height, width, depth and diagonal). For good proportion, the container should ...(continue reading)
Selecting The Perfect Paver
Lawn Care Tips
Choosing a paver that reflects your style and application are both important. For example, light-coloured pavers are popular for pool deck applications because they are cooler to walk on. If you're looking at pavers for applications such as driveways and outdoor kitchens, you'll want to choose a paver resistant to dirt, grease and oils.
Take into account all of the key elements in your existing landscape, the architecture of your home and exterior colours. It's Important to make sure all these elements flow nicely and your pavers don't compete with the natural beauty of your existing outdoor space.
Make your project more unique by adding a border to accent. Select the main paver and then complement with one or two accents.
Fall is the best time to start a new lawn from seed or to lay sod. It is the best time to over seed established lawns to fill in bare patches and thicken your grass. In most parts of Canada, the best 'grass seed sowing' occurs from mid-August through late September. The evening temperatures are lower and the morning dew is heavier. As night time temperatures moderate, they are optimum for seed germination.
Preparation is the key to success.Rake the area lightly to remove debris. Add a 1 cm to 2 cm layer of Mark's Choice lawn soil to level out low patches in the lawn and choose the best quality seed for the best result. The grass seed you use is the future pedigree of your lawn. Rake the seed to smooth it and integrate it into the layer of triple mix. Step on the area with flat soled shoes to get the seed and soil in to encourage rapid root growth. This will help new grass get established more quickly. Water the seeded areas and keep the soil damp unilt the grass is at least 3 cm high. (continue reading)
Harrowsmith - Coffee With A Local
We've introduced a new feature in Harrowsmith called Cup of Coffee with a Local. It's an opportunity to eavesdrop on a community and learn about its secret spots, quirky parades, tiny museums and best places for sweet stuff. In the 2019 Fall Almanac, (on newsstands now) we sat down with two residents of Selkirk, Ontario, who gave us an illuminating tour of their lakeside village and its legendary six-foot sturgeon. Check it out — this cup of coffee packs a punch!
Canada Blooms would like to welcome back the Hyatt Regency Toronto Downtown as our Host Hotel. The Hyatt is offering a special rate for our attendees and exhibitors.
Discover the excitement of Downtown Toronto's Entertainment district and all that makes the city a vibrant destination. At the Hyatt Regency you are immersed in the creative urban energy of Toronto. (discover more)