Canada Blooms delivers spring to Willowdale Long-term Care Homes

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Canada Blooms delivers spring to Toronto long-term care home

Councillor Shiner speaking to residents at Carefree Lodge.

At a celebration today, residents of Carefree Lodge were joined by Councillor David Shiner (Ward 24 Willowdale) and celebrity gardener Mark Cullen to accept more than 600 plants donated by Canada Blooms and transported by Procter's Cartage.

This is the ninth year that Canada Blooms has donated plants to a long-term care home owned and operated by the City of Toronto. It allows the many plants and flowers from the festival to continue to bring enjoyment to Torontonians. While many of the plants will remain at Carefree Lodge, some will be shared with residents and adult day program clients of Cummer Lodge and Willowdale Manor Supportive Housing site.

“While these plants looked absolutely breathtaking at Canada Blooms, they look even better being enjoyed by the residents of Carefree Lodge,” said Terry Caddo, General Manager of Canada Blooms. “It’s amazing to see the impact of the show live on by bringing joy to those who will genuinely appreciate the plants.”

“I'm delighted to help deliver this beautiful collection of plants to the wonderful seniors at Carefree Lodge,” said Councillor Shiner. “This donation will bring the vibrant colours and sweet smells of an early spring into Carefree Lodge while allowing the great displays from Canada Blooms to continue being enjoyed.”

Canada Blooms is an annual world-class festival that connects people to the joys and benefits of nature through experiences with gardens and flowers by promoting, educating, inspiring and celebrating all aspects of horticulture. Co-locating with the National Home show to create North America's Largest Home and Garden event, Canada Blooms is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to the community throughout the year by funding community garden projects around Ontario. Canada Blooms is also dedicated to providing the community with horticulture expertise, education and resources on an ongoing basis. Now in its 20th 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.


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