Canada Blooms 2009

I think everyone somehow has been touched by the economic downturn in some way but I think I was a bit surprised to see it happen to a trade show.

I’ll admit it had been a couple of years since I had last visited Canada Blooms so imagine my surprise this year. Many, many years ago when I was in my early twenties and just starting in the field I was fortunate enough to work at a booth for my employer. By the end of the week my feet and back were aching yet I was so pumped by the wall-to-wall, floor to ceiling horticulture.

Beautiful spring blooms.

Beautiful spring blooms.

The display gardens were outlandishly huge and the vendors cramped together row after row. It was so overwhelming and I loved it.

This year the display gardens were very well done but few and the vendors seemed to sell more condiments and As Seen On T.V. ideas than gardening items. What I saw was great but I could feel the impact of a shaking economic by the sparseness in the Convention Centre.

Canadian woodland garden.

Canadian woodland garden.

It worries me that this year gardening and all that it encompasses will suffer because of tightening of the purse strings where people are trying to save money and eliminating extras. If Canada Blooms was any indication it’ll be a lean summer season.

What do you think? How did you enjoy Canada Blooms?

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