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March 19, 2009
Toronto: Then and Now celebrates three wins at Canada Blooms
Toronto: Then and Now won three awards at the gala opening of Canada Blooms 2009: The Toronto Flower and Garden Show. The City of Toronto’s engaging display, integrating plants and photography, received the following awards from show judges:

• Award for outstanding interpretation of the show theme
• The Garden Club of Toronto Award for best overall use of colour
• The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects certificate of honourable mention for excellence in design in landscape architecture

These awards mark the third straight year that the City of Toronto has had its feature gardens officially recognized by the judges at Canada Blooms. The City previously won awards for 2008’s Beautifully Parched water efficient garden and 2007’s environmental showcase City within a Park.

"Our success at Canada Blooms shows the interest Torontonians have in our collective history, in promoting environmentally responsible choices for the future and in the ongoing beautification of our city," said Mayor David Miller. "The work of the talented members of the Toronto Public Service can be seen every day in our parks, gardens and public spaces, and this is further recognition of that."

Toronto: Then and Now was created by 11 City divisions including Parks, Forestry and Recreation; City of Toronto Archives; City Planning; Energy Efficiency; Toronto Building; Toronto EMS; Toronto Environment Office/Live Green Toronto; Toronto Office of Partnerships; Toronto Police Service; Toronto Water and Transportation Services.

The feature garden creatively uses plants, trees, bulbs, water and technology in a design rooted in traditional horticultural principles of pattern, texture and colour. This is integrated with a contemporary framework that both engages the public with the City’s current programs and initiatives, and invites them to explore the city’s history. To celebrate the City of Toronto’s 175th anniversary, the display incorporates archival photos, historical gardening implements and artefacts, and green technology that has deep roots in history such as rain-water collection and composting.

Toronto: Then and Now, feature garden #15, is located on the 800 Level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd. Experts from various divisions will be on hand to educate residents about programs and incentives offered by the City.

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Jennifer Yap, Public Realm Section, Transportation Services, 416-392-9188,
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline: 416-560-8726



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