Canada Blooms just wrapped up and I don’t know if you went or not. When I lived in the city I would go every other year but I always checked to see who the speakers were and what their topics were before heading out.
March is, in my mind, too early for a garden show. I loved the greenery that is brought into the location and the flowers but it’s still another two months before we can do any serious gardening.
But Garden Shows are a source of ideas and products and are certainly worth going to no matter what time of the year. Peterborough will be hosting their show in April and it is always well attended and, for me, worth attending.
Not only are we supporting local garden centres and garden related businesses, but we are talking, for the most part, with people who garden in our area.
Garden tours are another way to get practical information. Some tours, like the Oshawa Peony Festival which is taking place in June, focus on one type of plant, in one location. This allows you to examine the differences of each.
Local Horticulture Societies also host garden tours in their local communities and I have always found these to be the best source of inspiration. Often the gardener is available to talk about the plants in their garden.
And more recently, local nursery/garden centres have been popping up. The Garden Network in our area is one such location. There is also a great lily farm – True North Daylilies where you get the chance to walk through rows and rows of daylilies and pick exactly the plant for you.
Spring is coming and part of the fun of gardening, is to see who grows what in your neighbourhood. Explore. Learn.