By Yolanda Thornton
Coming to newsstands near you on March 11, the latest issue of Harrowsmith’s Gardening Digest is packed with great gardening advice. Berries, soil, permaculture and great recipes dominate an issue that features a foreword by Chef Michael Smith.
Have you ever considered growing some backyard berries? Gardening Editor Mark Cullen gives a primer, while resident Food Editor Joanna Notkin turns the sweet results into an assortment of mouth-watering recipes.
Any gardening venture starts with soil. So Harrowsmith’s Gardening Digest takes a closer look at the thinnest and most important layer of the earth’s crust, explaining both what it is and how to make the soil in your garden the best it can possibly be. And if it’s inspiration you’re looking for, this issue offers tons of ideas for both food and flowers. In this issue you’ll find:
• The growing popularity of permaculture: working with nature instead of against it.
• The top 15 foods you should be eating more of for optimal health.
• The sensory pleasure of scented plants.
• A look at the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute, planting a tree for every fallen Canadian hero.
• The obstacles–and opportunities–that can be found in farming, and how some creative people have made their dream a reality.
• And a closer look at something many gardeners already knew: Gardening is good for your mental health.
On top of all that, we’ve just launched a new brand for our tech-savvy readers. Called Harrowsmith Now (harrowsmithnow.com), it’s designed for mobile devices and social media. Through it we’re introducing Harrowsmith and our brand values to a new generation of readers.
And, once again this year Harrowsmith, and its parent company Moongate Publishing, are proud supporters of Canada Blooms, the country’s largest gardening and landscape exhibition. The event is taking place from March 11 to 20 at the Direct Energy Centre in downtown Toronto. Drop by the Harrowsmith’s Gardening Digest Learning Stage, where a number of speakers and presentations will inform and inspire. We hope you enjoy the upcoming guide, our new Harrowsmith.now brand and the learning opportunities we’re presenting at Canada Blooms. Welcome to spring.
Harrowsmith Readers will receive discounted ticket prices by visiting the Canada Blooms site HERE and entering the Promotion Code “Harrow.”
Help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Canada’s largest flower and garden festival. As a proud sponsor of Canada Blooms we’re pleased to offer a special discount to our Harrowsmith community of readers. Be sure to check us out at the show from March 11 – 20, where you can drop by the Harrowsmith Learning Stage where our experts will share their secrets on creating great vegetable and flower gardens!
Tickets also provide entrance into the National Home Show. Canada Blooms runs from March 11 – 20, 2016 at Toronto’s Enercare Centre
About Canada Blooms
Canada Blooms was founded in 1996 by the Garden Club of Toronto and Landscape Ontario. Today, it is the largest flower and garden festival in the country, celebrating the very best in Canadian gardening and floral design!
Canada Blooms was incorporated in 1997 as Canada Blooms Horticultural Society, a not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to create a yearly international flower and garden festival which enhances and promotes the awareness of horticulture by featuring the best designs, products and services of amateur and professional participants. Proceeds from Canada Blooms are used to support community projects that promote horticulture and nurture and enhance our landscapes.
The first Canada Blooms was held in 1997, with attendance exceeding 70,000 visitors in 5 days – a record for a first-time show! This proved that Canadian gardeners were ready to support a world-class flower and garden festival. In 1998, Canada Blooms moved to the new Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, and attendance grew. In 2010 Canada Blooms moved to the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place and enjoyed a huge crowd of over 90,000 people – a clear indication of the huge number of Canadians with green thumbs! Today, the nation’s largest show of its kind see over 200,000 visitors pass through its garden gates.