March 10 to 19 , 2017
Canada Blooms helps celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 with a distinctly Canadian flavour to the show, from the design of the displays to the plants being used. Centre of attention will be the new Canadian Shield rose developed by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and Canada’s horticultural industry.
“Canada Blooms 2017 will boast more Ontario-grown plants and a Canadian influence weaving its way throughout the show floor, and a key part of that will be the Canadian Shield rose,” says Canada Blooms general manager Terry Caddo. “The Canadian Shield rose is truly a made-in-Canada rose. It has rich colour and a majestic beauty, and like Canadians is hardy enough to survive and thrive in the diverse weather conditions of our diverse land.”
Canadian Shield is first 49th Parallel rose
Branded and marketed by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ontario, Canadian Shield is the first rose in Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection to be released. It will make its debut in garden centres across the country in time for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.
The collection is from the Canadian hardy rose program at Vineland, in partnership with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA). Canadian Shield is a versatile garden and landscape rose with a three-foot (1-m) height and width, and full, red flowers and glossy green foliage. It’s a repeat bloomer, resistant to blackspot and winter hardy from coast to coast.
“Canadian Shield and the entire 49th Parallel Collection have all the low-maintenance traits and visual appeal that consumers love in landscape roses,” says Lana Culley, Vineland director of business development. “We’re thrilled to have worked with CNLA and the best rose propagators/growers in the country to help gardeners and landscapers get their garden gloves on a rose they’ll be proud to plant in their flower beds.”
More than 20 Canadian nurseries are licensed to propagate and grow 50,000 Canadian Shield roses for home gardeners and landscapers to plant in time for Canada Day 2017.
There’s now a new consumer website about the rose series: 49throses.com
About Canada Blooms
More information: canadablooms.com
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Now in its 21st year, Canada Blooms was founded by Landscape Ontario and the Garden Club of Toronto. Each year it is supported by a committed group of partners, sponsors and volunteers. Canada Blooms has been named one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festivals and Events Ontario and one of North America’s Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association.
About Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
With a highly skilled research team, oversight from an independent board of directors, engagement from an international science advisory council and collaboration with more than 160 global partners, including a stakeholder advisory council, Vineland’s goal is to enhance Canadian growers’ commercial success through results-oriented innovation. It is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
For the latest on the centre’s research and innovation, visit vinelandresearch.com