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March 8, 2007
Toronto’s City within a Park receives three awards at Canada Blooms
Toronto’s City within a Park feature garden display took special honours at the gala opening of Canada Blooms 2007: The Toronto Flower and Garden Show. The innovative display, designed and installed by Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff, received the following awards from show judges:

• The Universal Access Award for overall accessibility
• The Humber Nurseries Award for best use of soft landscape elements
• The Environmental Award for incorporating green practices into the garden display.

City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation has a long history of involvement with Canada Blooms, but this marks the first year its display has been officially recognized by the judges. “This is a significant achievement for the City of Toronto,” said Mayor David Miller. “Our success at Canada Blooms speaks to the progress we have made implementing the City’s Clean and Beautiful City initiative. Congratulations to staff for their achievement.”

“I am very proud of the Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff team who work so hard to beautify our city’s parks, gardens and public spaces,” said Brenda Librecz, General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. “We have come a long way over the past number of years. Our success at Canada Blooms, clearly positions our talented staff as innovative leaders in horticultural, design and environmental excellence throughout Toronto and the country.”

Toronto’s City within a Park garden display was designed and installed by Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s Horticulture unit and Parks Development and Infrastructure Management branch with support from the Toronto Environment Office. The display mixes traditional horticultural elements of pattern, texture and colour within a contemporary structural framework. The garden includes a living green wall that is both functional and beautiful, as its tropical plants help to clean the air and produce oxygen while providing visual richness. A central walkway provides a setting for art and cultural expression with giclee (“sprayed”) prints of Toronto’s trees by Toronto photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo set among the plant material. The display also incorporates the re-use of salvaged and re-claimed materials, and the integration of a wind turbine.

Canada Blooms 2007: The Toronto Flower and Garden Show runs from March 7 to 11 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Toronto’s City within a Park is listed as Canada Blooms Garden 14. City of Toronto expert horticulturists, foresters and recreationists will be on-hand at the garden for the duration of the show. For more information, visit

In addition to being responsible for the stewardship of 7,390 hectares of green space and 1,470 named parks, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and abilities. Its vision is to ensure all Torontonians enjoy active, healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure and recreation programs, services and facilities, provided by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation in partnership with the community.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726
Wynna Brown, Senior Communications Advisor, 416-397-4059



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