Canada Blooms is Canada’s largest flower and garden show; this year it was held from March 14th-23rd. It was such a neat experience! It my first time going so I had no idea what to expect. There were so many unique and different things to see from modern artist arrangements to floral dresses to woodsy set ups that lift you out of the busy city to a calming peaceful mindset! As a floral design student, getting to see pieces from artists way more advanced in the field than me, it was great seeing different techniques and styles that can be used in my own designs. It got me thinking outside the box for creations I never would have thought possible.
Hello everyone, this is a special article all about my experience at the Canada Blooms show in Toronto that’s running from March 14th-23rd of 2014 (so if the show hasn’t finished yet when you read this, get into your car, drive to the show, and spend the whole day in awe… trust me it’s pretty cool). Many people in the florist and horticulture industry from around the world attend and compete in the Canada Blooms, and for good reason, it’s fantastic! I attended the show with a good friend from my floral design program and the creator of Hiemstra Gardens… Matt Hiemstra.
I personally had a different experience than most people attending the Canada blooms show, because I volunteered for four hours in the floral design section. As most of the other people in my floral design class that were volunteering, we were placed on making sure people didn’t touch the exhibits. A job that no one enjoys doing except for myself because I’m bossy. On another note, the reason I was watching these exhibits was because they were so crazy looking that people couldn’t understand that they were actually real, so they had to touch them. Multiple times I wondered who some people’s mothers were.
I was in Toronto this past weekend with Kelly Newton and her good friend Bella, we attended Canada Blooms and had a great time overall! The first thing we did was check out some of the amazing floral displays and being florists in training themselves, I’m sure they could appreciate the time and patience it took to create these stunning displays even more than myself. Kelly will be writing an article this Friday with her thoughts on the trip but until then, have a look at some of my favourite pieces!
A few days ago I attended the Landscape Ontario trade show in Toronto and spent much of the day visiting a variety of booths and speaking with representatives from tractor retailers and nurseries alike.
The visit was scheduled as a part of our studies at Niagara College in an effort to get students to meet with professionals and begin to think about future employment options which is very helpful for many students who are not yet certain of what they wish to do after graduation. Due to the sheer diversity of companies represented at the trade show, students can look around and speak with hundreds of individuals all with very unique careers and ask about the specific tasks and skills needed for these jobs and then begin to filter through the options to pick one that suits them best.
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