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.”
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.
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.
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!
This Friday, March 20 at 2:00 EST
Can’t attend? No worries. Just register and you will receive the webinar via email.