Reported by sharp-eyed reader M., this year’s Canada Blooms had some wide open spaces where the many horticultural society booths used to be.
A scant few remained at the show, though relocated to the Gardeners Fare in the Marketplace. However, most of those little booths formerly here on Level 600, where you used to be able to pick up info on the latest daylily introductions from the Daylily Society, for example, had ceased to be; they were ex-booths.
It’s a real shame. These were the meetingplaces for the true amateurs – in the root sense of the word: lovers – of horticulture. By spreading their passion for gardening like manure, they help fertilize the commercial side of the industry.
We hope this is not a trend. We fear that it is.