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March 23, 2009
City of Toronto partners with Canada Blooms to give flowers to Toronto seniors
The City of Toronto and Canada Blooms today teamed up to donate “a truckload” of potted flowers and plants to seniors living in City of Toronto long-term care homes and the community at the close of the four-day Canada Blooms event.

Hosted by Cummer Lodge, one of the City of Toronto’s 10 long-term care homes, the initiative extended invitations to Carefree Lodge, Extendicare Bayview, St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital and Willowdale Manor so that seniors living in those locations could also receive a fresh, colourful bloom to brighten their day and living environment. Staff and volunteers also delivered flowers to a number of clients of Cummer Lodge’s meals-on-wheels program and adult day program, as well as clients served by the City’s homemakers and nurses services program, to “add a bit of spring” to their homes.

Flowering bulbs, trees and shrubs recovered from Canada Blooms will be added to the outdoor garden at Cummer Lodge and Lakeshore Lodge, providing a safe, accessible, colourful outdoor space for residents, clients, their families and guests to enjoy.

“Last year, Canada Blooms donations really brightened up seniors’ days,” said Sandra Pitters, General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes and Services, “so we are very appreciative of Canada Blooms partnership again this year. We also welcomed the opportunity to extend this year’s event to seniors living in our community, so people beyond Cummer Lodge’s walls could benefit equally. The flowers will brighten up seniors’ rooms - and the garden enhancement will grow and blossom into a permanent outdoor space that will be a welcoming and peaceful area.”

Procter’s Cartage Ltd. donated their trucking services for the second year in a row to deliver the potted flowers, plants, trees and shrubs.

“We are thrilled to work with the City of Toronto in ensuring that seniors who may not have been able to attend the Canada Blooms festival still get to share in the joy of horticulture and gardening,” said Gerry Ginsberg, General Manager, Canada Blooms. “This initiative is a great way for us to give back to the community and remind everyone that spring is just around the corner.”

The City is also working in partnership with Canada Blooms and Downsview Park to benefit residents and the environment by recovering and storing approximately 75 shrubs and trees from the show. The trees and shrubs will be maintained at Downsview Park until the weather warms up and then will be planted in locations city-wide.

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