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Notebook Vibrant colours coming in spring 2015 A

fter a long and dreary Cana- dian winter, the burst of colour that comes with spring is most

welcome. Coming off of one of the cold-

est and snowiest winters in recent memory, with some forecasters predicting a similar frosty, white chill this winter, garden wholesalers and ornamental horticultural growers are seeing increasing demand for vibrant colours. If the show floor at Landscape Ontario’s Garden and Floral Expo was any indication, when garden centres begin stocking for next year’s planting season, expect colour to be a dominant theme. “The colour this year is amazing,”

says Denis Flanagan of Landscape Ontario. “I have never seen colours like this at Expo before. It is beautiful.” One of the key florals bringing that

colour for 2015 is the ‘Never Alone’ rose, a hardy Canadian variety that will not only look amazing in your garden, but is also a symbol of the compassion shown by the Never Alone Founda- tion, a charity that provides a variety of supports to cancer patients, everything from sprucing up their hospital bed to making them quilts or meals. “It’s a super hardy, disease resistant

rose that will give you colour all season long,” says Larry Vandermolen from J.C. Bakker & Sons Wholesale Nurser- ies in St. Catharines, Ont. “This rose has survived three Manitoba winters, so you know it’s tough as nails. The ‘Never Alone’ rose will bloom in spring and will keep its colour until the first frost.” The new ‘Never Alone’ rose is also

supported by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and the Cana- dian Football League Alumni Asso- ciation. Former CFL superstars Matt Dunnigan and Mike ‘Pinball’ Clemons were on hand at Expo to help promote the rose. Winners of the draw in J.C. Bakker & Sons booth at Expo 2014 were: Tom Intven, Canadale Nurser- ies, St. Thomas, Ont., who received a Matt Dunnigan jersey; the Clemons jersey was awarded to Garry Johnston, Canadian Tire, Keswick, Ont. • • •

Purple is the “it” colour Flowers Canada (Ontario) says 4 • Beautiful Gardens 2014 Look for lots of purple this year!

Holland is the trendsetter when it comes to determining the popular colour of the season, and Canada always follows suit. Based on where the Dutch have been, expect a lot of shades of purple on garden centre shelves as the spring of 2015 nears, says Nikki Gomes, Marketing Direc- tor, Flowers Canada. “Colour has always been extremely

important, it triggers emotions and generally makes people feel better,” she says. “People are visual, they want bright and vibrant. But you can’t just throw a bunch of colours out there. It is important to stay ahead with lead- ing edge colours, and this year people will be looking for purple.” • • •

Garden & Floral Expo Review More than 1,500 lawn and garden

industry insiders explored the aisles of the Garden & Floral Expo, held at the Toronto Congress Centre Oct. 22 and 23. The high-quality booth displays, hundreds of new plant and product introductions, sector-specific sympo- siums, floral masterpieces and visits by some of Canada’s leading garden writ- ers, roving the show floor sporting “Trend Spotter” buttons, left attend- ees feeling excited and inspired. For more information on Garden

& Floral Expo or one of its associated events, please visit Follow Expo and Landscape Ontario on Twit- ter @LOexpo, and @LOevents. P

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