If I’d known that Canada Blooms 2020 would be cancelled, yesterday when I previewed the show as tour-guide, I’d’ve taken lots more pictures. But that news didn’t arrive till after I got home. And, really, had anyone known, I most likely wouldn’t have been there at all.
Yesterday, was the day before the grand opening, so most of the exhibits were complete. It’s heartbreaking to think of all the work and expense that went into the show – not only over six days of building, but in the months of plant-forcing, planning, designing, building rehearsals, and so much more. Then everything collapsed due to the threat of COVID-19.
Hopefully, someone took videos of the show. Till then, you’ll have to put up with me and my iPhone.
This is my first attempt to paste in an HTML link to a slideshow made in Flickr, with lots of background info on the show. If you want to see larger images, click the album name at the top to go to my Flickr page. Wish us both luck!
Many exhibitors are already making alternative plans. For example, the Toronto Botanical Garden is holding a plant sale at the TBG this weekend, March 14 and 15, with plants from the show shop. The TBG Shop at the botanical garden, which would have been closed during Canada Blooms, will reopen in a week after the dust settles.
I also received an email from Picamix.ca – from whom I buy duck manure, which they now call Veggie Max – saying that their special show price would be available until March 22nd by contacting them by phone or email. Visit their site for contact info. I get no benefit from passing this info along.
Others will follow suit, I’m sure. So keep your eyes and ears open, and please share here if you discover any news.
Stay healthy, my friends!
[UPDATE: Landscape Ontario has announced the Canada Blooms 2020 awards. Check this link for more pictures, and videos of some of the gardens.]
[UPDATING MY UPDATE: To bring you this YouTube link to a drone tour of the 2020 event. Remind me to tour Canada Blooms by drone in future!]