What better way is there to reward the horticultural community than with live plant displays, free gardening advice, talks, demonstrations and floral design competition? You also get to have lunch in the Jump Café and go through specialty vendors, artisans, and the Garden Shop.
The event is happening on February 20, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission and free parking, although a $2 donation will be appreciated. Those who will donate get to enter the Free Draws, where one lucky winner will be picked every hour.
The Toronto Botanical Garden’s 20th Annual Horticultural Open House is presented by the Ontario Horticultural Association District 5 and the Toronto Botanical Garden.
The following are the highlights of the event:
• 30+ exhibitors and garden-related vendors
• Demo and presentations
• “Let’s Play Outside” floral design competition
• Master gardeners on hand to answer gardening queries
• Winter garden tour
• Organic farmers’ market
• Jump Café
• Discounts in the Garden Shop
• Sale of gardening books
• Sale of gently-used vases
Here’s the complete schedule for the event:
Garden Hall, lower level
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Monarchs, Mountains, Mexico
Anna Leggatt, Horticulturist
11:30 to 12:15 p.m. Adapting to Arctic Conditions
Virginia Hildebrand, Passionate about Plants
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Happy Hens and Fresh Eggs
Signe’s new book will be available for sale following the presentation
Signe Langford, Author
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Gardening for Life
Cathy Kavassalis, Garden Advocate
2:30 to 3:15 p.m. The Gardens of the Loire Valley
Donna Fenice, Garden Traveller
Studios – upper level
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. A Different Way of Looking at Things
Mary-Ann Vercammen, Designer and Judge
11:30 to 12:15 p.m. Troughs Transition Indoors
Nikola Warnock, Owner, Alpine Troughs
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Big, Bold and Beautiful
Michael Erdman, Floral Designer
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. The Life of Bees
James Murray, Beekeeper
2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Pretty Flowers All in a Row – the Parallel Style
Ursual Eley, Floral Designer
Flower Show Competition
Theme: Let’s Play Outdoors
Class 1 Splash – a design. Space allotted: 18” wide x 18” deep.
Class 2 Hide and Seek – a design. Space allotted: 18”wide x 18” deep.
Class 3 I Spy – a miniature design, not to exceed 5” in any dimension (height, width, depth, and diagonal). Staged on clear acrylic cubes.
Class 4 Gardening– a parallel design. Space allotted: 24” wide x 18” deep.
Junior Class – age 10 and under only
Buzzing – a creature to resemble a bee or other insect. Any flowers, foliage, stems, fruits, vegetables or other plant material may be used. Made with fresh and/or dried plant material. Not to exceed 12” in length or width.
Junior Class – age 11 to 16 only
Hopscotch– a design. Any flowers, foliage, stems, fruits, vegetables or other plant material may be used. Space allotted: 12” wide x 12” deep x 8” high.
1. All members of Horticultural Societies and Garden Clubs in Ontario, students of the Floral Design Program at Toronto Botanical Garden, and any other interested non-professional floral designers are invited to enter. Exhibitors may enter any number of classes, but may submit only one exhibit per class.
Please note – while we encourage those under 17 to enter the junior classes, they may also enter any of the other classes.
2. Entries will be received on Saturday, February 20, 2016, between 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. in the Board Room, on the Upper Level of the TBG.
3. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry tag (to be supplied). Please include a file card with the names of all plant material used for Class 4.
4. Plant material used in all classes may be newly acquired. No artificial plant material may be used. Any fresh cut plant material must be in water or water-retaining material. No painting or dyeing of fresh plant material allowed.
5. Accessories are permitted in all classes.
6. The standard for judging will be the Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards for Horticulture and Floral Design, 2003 Edition. Entries will be judged by (an) accredited judge(s).
7. Entries must remain in place until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016. All exhibits must be removed by 4:30 p.m.
Remember that you must pre-register for the classes. You can call Ursula at 416-699-4353 and leave a message together with your name, contact number, and the classes you wish to enter. You can also email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about vendor and booth, you may contact Margaret Chasins at 416-397-1484 or email her at email@example.com.