Your Dream Garden!

Do you have a dream garden? OR, do you have a garden but no idea what to do with it?

Boy, do I have the answer for you!

I was graciously invited by Enterprise Canada to attend Canada Blooms Canada’s top garden and flower festival, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary at the National Home Show. I walked through so many wonderfully and creatively designed gardens and outdoor spaces that I was truly inspired. Naturally I documented every step of the way. (Scroll down past video for mor epics and information)

The National Home Show happens annually and it provides the public a source of ideas and inspiration for their home and garden projects. The vendors and exhibitors are amazing and super friendly, and are a great resource and are happy to provide a helping hand. The show runs from March 10th to the 19th, so there is still time to get tickets.

I was there to place the spotlight on Canada Blooms. The show’s theme is Oh Canada! celebrating 150 years and it was evident by the red and white colours throughout. A special feature also commemorates the Highway of Heroes project, which is dedicated to planting trees along highway 401 for every fallen Canadian hero.

Alongside the video, I also took some pictures.

National Home Show

National Home Show

This flower was brought over especially from South Africa by one of the artists, and was incorporated as a bouquet. So beautiful!

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Probably the garden that brought the most feels was the Secret Path, which is dedicated to one of the children that was taken away to attend the residential school mentioned on the plaque above. He decided to walk home which was 60 km away and unfortunately lost his life. The somber and touching path that leads into the garden is a reminder of the little boy’s ill fated journey.

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I was joined by my good friend Melanie from Tales of a Travel Nut and we were both in awe of the artists who brought the Oh Canada! theme to life.

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We were also fortunate to be there for the ribbon (vine) cutting ceremony to declare the show open!

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National Home Show

Lotus Belle Tent

Lotus Belle Tent

After we walked through most of Canada Blooms, we decided to explore the home show portion of the exhibition. My two favourite vendors were the glamping station, with the lotus shaped canvas tent from Lotus Belle above and the Best Buy Smart Home, which was stoked full of smart electronics like the below Samsung smart fridge, that basically has a tablet in built, allowing you to see inside the fridge via a camera, it then creates recipes for you based on the items inside, you can stream music from it, create a shopping list, record messages for your kids… and breath… so much more.

Samsung Smart Fridge

Samsung Smart Fridge

National Home Show

There is so much more at both Canada Blooms and the Home Show that I did not mention, so I would highly recommend going. On top of all of the exhibitors, they also have the Celebrity Stage with presentations from many industry and celebrity experts such as HGTV’s Paul LaFrance and Melissa Davis in addition to colour and design expert Janice Fedak, just to name a few.

Tickets can be bought here.

Let me know if you do go what your favourite exhibit is!

 

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