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Canada is a huge country with an astonishing amount of woodland, nature reserves and green space. The country's appreciation for flora and fauna is evident in its vast number of flower and gardening shows, events and festivals, which happen all year round.
Canada Blooms is the biggest flower and gardening show in the country. Founded in 1996 by the Garden Club of Toronto and Landscape Ontario, it now exists as the Canada Blooms Horticultural Society, a non-profit organisation with a mission that promotes horticulture, botany and the importance of looking after our flowers, gardens, and natural landscape. 2014 was a record year for the event, attracting over 200,000 visitors over five days, all eager to learn more about flowers and gardening.
Running in May each year, The Canadian Tulip Festival one of the most famous and prestigious events in Canada's flower calendar. Established in 1953, the festival now features over 300,000 tulips from over 60 different varieties. The festival has wider implications for the environment, too, planting approximately 1 million tulips on a route around the city of Ottawa, now aptly named Tulip Route. The festival is colourful, vibrant and exciting, with beautiful floral art and design, and events, demonstrations and talks from leading gardeners and florists.
Canada is synonymous with the maple leaf - it appears on its national flag, is the unofficial plant of the nation, and in 1996 the Maple Tree was voted the National Tree of Canada by its inhabitants. The maple leaf has been used to represent Canada since the 1700s, but wasn't used in any official documentation until it was Incorporated into the coat of arms of some of the provinces. The symbol is now used on almost every official document and object produced by the country, including the Canadian Dollar. The maple isn't the only symbolic plant in the country, however - each province and territory also has its own official regional flower and tree. British Columbia, for example, adopted the Pacific Dogwood as its official flower in 1956, and the Western Redcedar as its tree in 1988.
Canada is the second largest country in the world by total area, and covers almost ten million square kilometres in total. The sheer size of the country, and its geographical location, means that Canada has a varied climate across the provinces and territories. Because of this, a wide range of native plants and flowers grow all the over the country, and there are a vast number of public and private botanical gardens, parks, nature reserves and green spaces to explore.
Originally started by Robert and Jennie Butchart as a garden for their family home at the beginning of the twentieth century, The Butchart Gardens is now one of the most beautiful and diverse gardens in the country and receives approximately one million visitors each year. Jennie Butchart started developing the garden in 1904, and slowly added more features and themed gardens to it over the course of her lifetime, including a Japanese Garden, Sunken Garden and Italian Garden, all of which you can still see today. Although still owned by the family, the Gardens are also owned and protected by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, and have been declared a National Historic Site. The gardens feature a wide range of plants and flowers which change with the seasons, and the relatively temperate climate on Vancouver Island means that more flowers can grow here than elsewhere in the country.
Bloedel Floral Conservatory was built at Vancouver's highest point to celebrate the city's centenary. The 21m high dome is an aviary as well as a conservatory, and is home to 230 free-flying birds and over 500 species of plants and flowers. It is split into three distinct climate zones, tropical, sub-tropical and desert, showcasing the most interesting and beautiful plants from these climates. With an emphasis on teaching the importance of biodiversity and the relationship between flora and fauna, the Conservatory is a must-see for anyone interested in rare plants and flowers, rainforest species and indoor gardening - but it has other things to offer. Sitting at the highest point in the city, if offers great views of the surrounding green space and tress, and of the wider city below.
Allan Gardens is one of the oldest parks in Toronto, and as well as boasting acres of green space and landscaped lawns, it is also home to a large collection of rare plants and flowers housed in over 16,000 sqft of greenhouses and conservatories. The collection includes banana trees, cacti and succulents, hibiscus, datura and cycad, and one of the greenhouses contains a waterfall, small pond and Kashmirian Cypress. Much like the Bloedel Conservatory, Allan Gardens is also a must visit for any rare flower enthusiasts, but has other great features too, such a regular festivals, shows and flower related events.
Canada is a country of natural beauty - from Niagara Falls and its giant volcanoes, to the interior plains and temperate Vancouver, there is an astonishing variety of wild plants, flowers and trees across the country. If you've been inspired by this and want to give the gift of flowers to someone you love, then why not order flowers online? Flower delivery means they can be delivered anywhere in Canada, directly to your recipients door. Give someone you love a slice of beautiful Canada by ordering flowers online today.