Hundreds of home and garden exhibitors, experts, all under one roof? Yes, it’s true! I walked the miles (literally) of home and garden space aisles myself to witness this year’s National Home Show & Canada Blooms opening at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. The two events have paired to bring green thumbs and home DIY enthusiasts alike under one roof over 10 days, from March 16th to 25th. With a sunny and warm day to kick start the show, it indeed felt like spring was officially here. It’s this warm weather sneaking in before winter’s end that gets me energized and wanting to cleanse and renew my little abode.
This year’s event is chalk full of ideas for anyone either in the middle of or just thinking about a home or garden project. Along with the extensive variety of home exhibitors and experts to see, one of the main inspiring attractions for the National Home Show’s 60th anniversary include the 2012 Dream Home R-House.
Image by Natalya Kalugina
Designed and built by PROBUILT by Michael Upshall, what truly makes this eye-catching, 3600-sq-ft luxury home stand out, is that it’s energy efficient and fully sustainable. It’s an impressive look at what is possible in green living.
Photo by HGTV.ca
Over on the Canada Blooms side, one of my favourite spots was the fragrant and beautiful rose garden display. With a sign reading, “Stop and Smell The Roses” one can’t help but pause and take in the beautiful variety of this popular bud and it’s timeless scent.
Another interesting and fun attraction amongst the sea of petals and greens is the “Juno Rocks” Gardens. For these gardens inspired by Juno Award-nominated and winning artists, the artists partnered with garden builders from Canada Blooms to make an outdoor oasis that reflects their personal style. This year’s four gardens were inspired by Feist, Jann Arden, Keshia Chanté and Royal Wood & Sarah Slean.
For more photos taken by yours truly on opening day, have a look in the gallery below!