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March 18, 2009
Celebrate 'Toronto: Then and Now' with plants and photography
Starting today, celebrate Toronto’s 175th birthday with a feature garden that creatively uses plants, trees, bulbs, water and technology in a design rooted in traditional horticultural principles. Discover Toronto: Then and Now through plants and photography at Canada Blooms 2009: The Toronto Flower and Garden Show from Wednesday, March 18 to Sunday, March 22, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Plant and garden lovers can access City programs that will help them enjoy parklands, make healthy choices, conserve natural resources and strengthen neighbourhoods and communities. Find out about incentives that save money, produce healthy homes and protect our environment.

Torontonians can also look into the past with Toronto's Visual Legacy: Official City Photography from 1856 to the Present, on sale at the show. Based on the City of Toronto Archives’ extensive photographic holdings, this commemorative book presents an impressively rich history of 140 years of urban development, municipal initiatives and major civic events.

Experts from various divisions will be on hand to educate residents about programs and incentives offered by the City of Toronto: Parks, Forestry and Recreation; City of Toronto Archives; City Planning; Energy Efficiency; Toronto Building; Toronto EMS; Toronto Environment Office/Live Green Toronto; Toronto Police Service; Toronto Water and Transportation Services.

Lawson Oates, Director of the Toronto Environment Office, will deliver an interactive presentation about Live Green Toronto at the Grey Power Celebrity Stage on the 800 Level on Wednesday, March 18 at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22 at 12.30 p.m.

Toronto: Then and Now, feature garden #15, is located on the 800 Level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd.

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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