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March 6, 2007
Toronto’s City within a Park blurs the boundaries between built form and nature in an urban garden at Canada Blooms 2007
Toronto’s City within a Park garden presents elements that mingle together in increasingly complex and multi-faceted urban parks at Canada Blooms 2007: The Toronto Flower and Garden Show. The show runs from March 7 to 11 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Traditional horticultural elements of pattern, texture and colour are set within a contemporary structural framework. The garden is accessible through a central walkway and 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.

Vertical surfaces and an overhead arbour define spaces that are public, yet also intimate, to allow for private contemplation within an urban setting. As space in the city becomes increasingly scarce and buildings soar upwards, so does the landscape in the form of a living, green wall. Both functional and beautiful, the tropical plants that comprise the living, green wall help to clean the air and produce oxygen while providing visual richness in a compact and efficient manner.

Toronto’s City within a Park demonstrates environmental stewardship and supports Toronto’s Renewable Energy Action Plan through a number of elements, including the re-use of salvaged and re-claimed materials, and the integration of a wind turbine into the garden.

“A clean and beautiful natural environment is a vital component of any truly great city,” said Mayor David Miller. “Our City within a Park garden at Canada Blooms is a microcosm of the high quality natural environment that defines Toronto’s international leadership in urban sustainability.”

Toronto’s City within a Park garden 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. “Canada Blooms is a fabulous showcase for the talent and innovation that City staff brings to their work every day to create a beautiful and liveable city for us all,” said Brenda Librecz, General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

Toronto’s City within a Park is listed as Canada Blooms Garden 14. City of Toronto expert horticulturists will be on hand at the garden for the duration of the show.

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

Wynna Brown
Senior Communications Advisor



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