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Vote for Canada's National Flower


Read about the three 'nominees' and then vote using the Survey Monkey link:

What’s the National Flower of Canada?

We have an official tree - the maple, but we do NOT have an official flower! Master Gardeners of Ontario thinks Canada’s 150th birthday is the perfect time to launch a campaign to get one!

Toronto Master Gardeners with help from Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist at Memorial University of Newfoundland, came up with the following three choices for a pan-Canadian flower - one that appears in every province and territory but is not already a provincial or territorial emblem:

Hooded Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana)
· Unique spiraling flower spike marks this genus
· Found in open wet areas – meadows, bogs, marshes
· Fragrant flowers from July to Sept on 10 to 50 cm stems
· Food source for native bumblebees all through summer

Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)
· Delicate but tough! “borealis” – of the north
· Found in forests, wetlands all over Canada
· Reproduces mainly by spreading stolons
· Fragrant flowers on 15 cm stems for one week in June, attract native bees
· Winter forage for caribou

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
· Changes with the seasons - just like Canada!
· White flowers in spring, red berries in summer, great red-purple fall colour
· Very common in forests and wetlands all over Canada
· Creeping form, 10 to 20 cm tall, great as a native groundcover
· Pollinators include native bumblebees and solitary bees
· Berries are food source for small and large mammals, migratory birds
· Winter forage source for caribou, moose, elk, deer

Voting will close at midnight on June 30th, 2017

Vote now!

The following attachments are for printing:

What’s the National Flower of Canada (.pdf form)
What’s the National Flower of Canada (.docx form)

Canada Blooms

Tracey Smyth and Ingrid Janssen of Durham Master Gardeners will be on stage at Canada Blooms on Friday, March 17th, 2017. Ingrid will be speaking at 11:00 am about growing garlic, and Ingrid and Tracey both will be presenting a Rain Garden presentation at 1:00 pm. See them on the Hortus TV Garden Solutions Stage, located in the main hall to the right when entering the Canada Blooms show.

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Rain Garden Tip Sheet

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