CanWest Horticultural Show trends
Andrea Bellamy |

canwest_display2.jpgI stopped by the CanWest Horticultural Show last week (“Western Canada’s premier nursery, landscape and floriculture trade show”). Like most hort shows, the types of exhibitors don’t vary all that much from year to year, so what I look for – in addition to anything really different – are the overall trends.  


Not exactly a new trend, but worth noting because it’s still going strong, is a little rule of (green)thumb I call “foliage first.” (Well, maybe “good bones” should really be first, but foliage is definitely my personal weakness!) Bold/vibrant/dark/textural foliage ruled the display gardens again this year, making for some lovely green oases under cover at the convention centre – such a treat at this time of year. These two photos are of Garden Grove Nursery’s display garden, which, not surprisingly, won Best Nursery Display Garden.
Green roofs and living walls also featured prominently. NATS Nursery really impressed me with their huge selection of BC native plants and Live Roof display. I wonder how long we’ll have to wait to see green roofs really catch on.

As usual, chemical fertilizer and pesticide manufacturers were on the scene, but organic-based product manufacturers made a good showing too.

Tomorrow: bucking the trends.

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