The 2018 Canada Blooms show, which will be held March 9-18 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto, will look to inspire industry professionals and attendees alike with an array of floral and landscape designs influenced by some of Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters.
“We are very excited for our 2018 theme, ‘Let’s Go to the Movies,’” says Terry Caddo, the show’s general manager. “We cannot wait to see what our award-winning florist artists, garden builders, and designers have up their sleeves and how they will incorporate the theme into their creations.”
One of these feature designs, which will attempt to transport onlookers to an alternate ecosphere, will be the Star Trek Garden by Melanie Rekola Landscape Design. To achieve this appearance, it will comprise out-of-this-world flora and space-age elements.
“Horticulture is very much a science-based practice and I’ve always had a love for science—and science fiction,” said Rekola. “When I heard Canada Blooms 2018 was movie-themed, I saw the perfect place to merge sci-fi with horticulture.”
This year, Canada Blooms will also recognize three ‘Plants of the Year,’ which come from Proven Winner’s National Plant of the Year program.
“We’re thrilled Canada Blooms has agreed to feature our three 2018 National Plants of the Year at their spring festival,” says Marshall Dirks, director of marketing and public relations for Proven Winners. “In just our second year of building this effort, we’ve been pleased that growers and retailers have embraced the program, making it easier for gardeners to experience these wonderful varieties.”
The Supertunia® Bordeaux™ is the 2018 Annual of the Year—a petunia developed by Canadian Ken Lander of Sunrise Greenhouses in Pugwash, NS. The other honourees include the Primo ‘Black Pearl,’ a heuchera named Perennial of the Year, and ‘Spilled Wine,’ a weigela recognized as Landscape Plant of the Year.