Canada Blooms Otium garden

Things I want in my garden: Canada Blooms edition

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It doesn’t matter when the first real day of spring falls, for me spring arrives on the first day of Canada Blooms, a 10-day-long annual gardening show. I arrived bright and early on the first Friday to wander around with one of my Savvy cohorts, Niki Jabbour, who was in town for the show, and snap some photos before the crowds arrived. 

There weren’t as many gardens bursting with blooms, as noted in fellow garden writer Barbara Phillips-Conroy’s delightful video recap, but I found plenty of inspiration in the form of hardscaping and building ideas, as well as accessories for my own garden! Here are a few highlights.

Canada Blooms 2015 Parklane downspout

Parklane’s The Rain Game garden featured a few interesting downspouts. One of these would certainly liven up my boring eaves troughs!

Canada Blooms greenhouse

One of these days I’ll build a greenhouse in my backyard. Until then, I can only dream. I really liked this one by New Vision Greenhouse Services, a company that also makes interesting raised bed kits.

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Canada Blooms Parklane

Another Parklane shot, this one with a great idea for a corner of a yard.

Canada Blooms container table

After seeing this table in the Toronto Botanical Garden’s #PollinatorPlayground and a similar concept in a B.C.-based garden I wrote about for a recent issue of Canadian Living, I really want to create a glass table out of some type of giant gardening container.

potted topiary

I loved the look of this potted tree in J. Garfield Thompson’s “A Japanese Influence” garden.

outdoor yoga

There’s something so peaceful about doing yoga outdoors. Who wouldn’t want a quiet, contemplative yoga space in their backyard? This one was in the Otium Garden.

bike and fence at Canada Blooms

Now generally I’m on my bike when it’s nice enough to be outside, but I really liked the caged fences filled with stones in the Jacobs Gardenscape space. When I was in the Netherlands a couple of years ago, I saw fences like this filled with coconut husks.

Canada Blooms giraffe

At first I was going to caption this with “Kidding!” but then I thought to myself, “Maybe I should consider adding a giraffe to my garden.”

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