Mr. and Mrs. Wildflower’s Urban Adventure

The Parklane Garden was pilled high with Wild Columbines, Smooth Penstemon, Black-Eyed Susans and Prairie Smoke

Here at Wildflower Farm we’re still contending with a foot of snow. We’d both been invited to speak in Toronto so we braved the highways and journeyed to Toronto, or as we Ontarians call it, “The Big Smoke.”

Paul and I needed a colour fix!!!! We'd been living in the land of eternal snow for far too long. Time to head to Toronto and do some talking!!

Paul and I needed a colour fix!!!! We’d been living in the land of eternal snow for far too long. Time to head to Toronto and do some talking!! Here’s the Vandermeer Nursery’s lush daffodil walkway.

I spoke at Canada Blooms about Taming Wildflowers and Paul spoke about Eco-Lawn, Wildflower Farm’s low maintenance turf grass at Holland Park Garden Centre  in Burlington., Ontario. You mean you haven’t heard about our amazing Eco-Lawn yet? Check it out. If you’d prefer a low-maintenance drought tolerant lawn you mow just once a month or less, you’re in for a treat!

      Now in its 19th year, Canada Blooms offers Canadian gardeners flowers, shrubs and trees in bloom in mid-March. This is no mean feat! It’s extraordinarily expensive and difficult to force plants to bloom in late winter. That being said, I’m sad to see fewer and fewer beautiful plants and gardens and more and more interlocking brick and inanimate structures at the show.  It’s a 10 day show so you still have a chance to see the gardens. You can learn a lot from this stellar lineup of garden speakers.

The Parklane Garden was pilled high with Wild Columbines, Smooth Penstemon, Black-Eyed Susans and Prairie Smoke

The Parklane Garden was pilled high with Wild Columbines, Smooth Penstemon, Black-Eyed Susans and Prairie Smoke

The  Fairy Frolic Garden by Vandermeer Nurseries features some charming fairy garden vignettes

The Fairy Frolic Garden by Vandermeer Nurseries features some charming fairy garden vignettes

Under Horticultural Director, Paul Zammit's direction, the Toronto Botanical Garden's containers never disappoint.

Under Horticultural Director, Paul Zammit’s direction, the Toronto Botanical Garden’s containers never disappoint.

The Adam Bienenstock playground featured a giant greenhouse, ancient repurposed trees to climb over, under and through, but was oddly lacking in plant material.

The Adam Bienenstock playground featured a giant tree house and ancient repurposed trees to climb over, under and through, but was oddly lacking in plant material.

Pic – One of the lush gardens of Shawn Gallagher’s Otium Garden. Shawn specializes is gardens designed to integrate boot camp style exercises that are performed in the landscape to strengthen ones’ health, well-being, and connection to nature.

One of the lush gardens of Shawn Gallagher’s Otium Garden. Shawn specializes is gardens designed to integrate boot camp style exercises that are performed in the landscape to strengthen ones’ health, well-being, and connection to nature.

But garden’s aside I must tell you that the highlight of Canada Blooms for me this year was discovering Steven Bigg’s new book, “Grow Gardeners. Kid-Tested Gardening with Children: a Four Step Approach.

author Stephen Biggs has devoted his life to empower gardeners, large and small with fun, practical No-Guff gardening advice.

Author Stephen Biggs devotes his life to empowering gardeners, large and small with fun, practical No-Guff gardening advice.

     Co-authored with his 9 year old daughter, Emma, this self-published delight hunkers down in the mud and gives parents a plentitude of inspiring ways to instill in children a visceral and profound love for gardening. Emma and Steve celebrate the playful and joyful experiences of childhood and heighten our awareness that these profound connections with self are what bring satisfaction and joy in our adult lives. I can’t recommend this book highly enough! Order it directly from www.stevenbiggs.ca or the book’s website, up and running by April 1, www.GrowGardeners.com. I love that the book’s website is also a collaborate effort of this dynamic Father/Daughter team.

Alert! Last chance to register for my upcoming Wildflower Webinar!

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This Friday, March 20 at 2:00 EST

 Can’t attend? No worries. Just register and  you will receive the webinar via email.

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