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March 19, 2010
City’s feature garden wins three awards at Canada Blooms
  
The City of Toronto’s feature garden - “Get Growing Toronto! Urban Agriculture in our City” - won three awards at a special Canada Blooms ceremony last night. The City’s garden, which aims to show people how easy it is to grow vegetables, herbs and fruits in any space, received the following awards:

• Outstanding use of annuals and perennials
• Universal access award (recognizing the most accessible feature garden)
• Best overall use of plant material

Gardens were judged by a panel of experts in the fields of horticulture and landscape architecture, as well as members of related media.

“We are extremely proud of our City’s feature garden,” says Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), this year’s City of Toronto spokesperson for Canada Blooms. “Our garden is a living, breathing example of what you can accomplish with teamwork. The design and vision for the garden was created internally, and all of the flowers, shrubs, vegetables and herbs were cultivated and planted by City staff.”

The City of Toronto’s feature garden was a collaborative effort between eight City divisions, including the Toronto Environment Office; Parks, Forestry and Recreation; Transportation Services (Public Realm); Toronto Community Housing; Toronto Water; City Planning; Solid Waste Management Services; and Toronto Public Health.

Canada Blooms, which runs to Sunday, March 21, is being held at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

Visitors to the City’s feature garden (Garden #24) can get tips and tools on how to grow their own container, backyard or kitchen garden, plus information on the City’s many Children’s, Community and Allotment gardens. Members of Toronto Urban Growers and Toronto’s Community Food Animators will also be on-site to provide expert advice.

For more details on the City of Toronto’s feature garden, visit http://www.toronto.ca/livegreen/pdf/canada_blooms_to_feature_garden.pdf.

For information about Canada Blooms, visit http://canadablooms.com.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Lyne Kyle, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-397-1410, lkyle@toronto.ca


 

 

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