March 24, 2017

Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory 2017 Spring Flower Show

No Pots and Pans and Hot Tubs: Just Flowers


Toronto's other Flower Show just ended this past weekend to, as usual, mixed reviews. The National Flower Show known as "Canada Blooms" (because, hey, Toronto is the horticultural capital of Canada right?) runs every early March when the fine citizens of this city are at their most vulnerable and desperate for anything resembling living vegetative matter. I haven't attended in a few years, even with the lure of free media tickets, because the Show doesn't resonate with me: I simply want to see and take pictures (for you, dear reader) of pretty flowers and not be solicited aggressively with offers of kitchenware or outdoor hot tubs. The exhibits for Canada Blooms are located close to a Home Show in the same complex so one usually needs to run a gauntlet of home improvement salespeople to see gardens which focus on dimly lit large areas (read expensive) of concrete pavers. (According to some of the latest reviews on the Canada Bloom Facebook page, this experience hasn't changed much since my last visit.)  

But let's be fair so here's a great overview of the Show titled "A Viral Tour of Canada Blooms 2017" by fellow Toronto gardening blogger, Helen Battersby,  for those of you interested in seeing the exhibits and reading her witty comments. Apparently she had a bad cold while attending, what a trooper!

I was in the west-end of Toronto in a section/municipality called Etobicoke (for you non-natives) the other day for an appointment and decided to visit a public Conservatory afterwards to see its spring floral displays. It was much more my style: low key and quiet with me and a few families escaping the lousy March weather inside the greenhouses. The Centennial Park Conservatory is the smaller and perhaps overlooked compared to her bigger and better known sister, the Allan Gardens Conservatory, which I've visited and posted about many times. But smaller is good too sometimes: there's always ample parking, no admission fee (although donations are welcome) and never (in my experience) a big crowd getting in the way of my pictures!

Below are a few pictures of lovely tulips, daffodils and hyacinths from this spring's flower show, commerce- and commercial-free. We won't see these blooms outside until another month but it's officially spring so we'll go with that!



Canada 150 tulips at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Canada 150" tulips at the
Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017




Rococo Red Parrot Tulip at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Rococo" Red Parrot Tulip at the
Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017



Tulip bed at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Tulip bed at the
Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017



Flaming Parrot Tulip at 2017 Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Flaming Parrot Tulip at the
2017 Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show



Canada 150 tulips at Centennial Park Conservatory 2017 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Canada 150" tulips at the
Centennial Park Conservatory
2017 Spring Flower Show


Flaming Parrot Tulip at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Flaming Parrot Tulip at the
Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017 




2017 Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show Flaming Parrot Tulip by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
2017 Centennial Park Conservatory 
Spring Flower Show 
Flaming Parrot Tulip 

Canaliculatus mini daffodil narcissus at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Canaliculatus mini daffodil (narcissus)
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017 


Rijnveld’s Early Sensation Narcissus at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Rijnveld’s Early Sensation" Narcissus
at Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017


Tulips at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Tulips at Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017


Rococo Red Parrot Tulip at Centennial Park Conservatory 2017 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Rococo" Red Parrot Tulip at
Centennial Park Conservatory
2017 Spring Flower Show



Blue hyacinths at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Blue hyacinths at the
Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017 


Grape hyacinths at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Grape hyacinths at the
Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017 



Pink Charm daffodil narcissus at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Pink Charm" daffodil (narcissus) at
the Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017 



Pink Charm daffodils and purple hyacinths at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pink Charm daffodils and purple hyacinths
at the Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017 



Pink Charm daffodils narcissus at Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2017 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Pink Charm" daffodils (narcissus) at
the Centennial Park Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2017