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Gardiner Museum


SPRING AWAKENING: Gardiner in Bloom

April 26 - 29, 2012


For one weekend only, spectacular floral installations by some of Toronto’s top designers celebrate the arrival of spring in the city. Don’t miss this new must-see event and exhibition!

6:30 pm
Be the first to see the floral creations! Join us for a champagne and oyster reception featuring live music and gourmet food by Chef Jamie Kennedy.


The floral installations will be on display to the general public for three days only!
Free with admission

SUNDAY APRIL 29, 2012 3 - 4:30 pm
Creating a fabulous outdoor display can transform any home or garden. Learn how professional floral designers create beautiful spring planters with acclaimed horticultural designer, Michael Renaud.
$25, includes tea & scones


SUNDAY APRIL 29, 2012 1 - 4:00 pm
Spring has sprung at the Gardiner museum! Visit the museum and see the Gardiner in bloom. See the spectacular fresh floral creations exhibited on all 3 floors and join us in the lobby for a crafting bonanza! Bring your imagination and creativity and paint your very own clay pot. At the end of the session take your pot home with some seeds and create your own little garden.



 Joseph Delarge

Joseph Delarge

267 Queen Street East | 416.214.6479 | ecostems.ca

eco|stems award-winning designs use only local, organic, and fair trade flowers to create unique and beautiful floral arrangements for weddings, events, sympathy/condolence and everyday occasions.

Throughout our operations we make a difference by reducing water use, emissions from car use, energy consumption, reducing and diverting waste and always buying used before new such as reusing and repurposing floral containers and materials.


 Lidia Tacconelli

Lidia Tacconelli
Fiori Floral Inc.

633 St. Clair Avenue West | 416.658.0715 | fiorifloral.com

Lidia Tacconelli has been in the floral design business for 31 years. She started doing floral arrangements for Andre Oliver (men’s clothing in Hazelton Lanes), Chez Catherine, Windsor Arms Hotel and Auberge Gavroche. These locations gave Lidia the exposure to some of Fiori's present day customers.

Throughout the years Fiori has evolved into a full event design business with attention to every detail including lighting, linens, furniture rental and room design and layout. Lidia studied Fine Arts at the University of Toronto. She has applied this knowledge to her present day business where she likes to be always challenged with creating new visual designs.


 Bella Jackson - Floral Fetish

Bella Jackson
Floral Fetish

46 Annette Street | 416.651.7775 | floralfetish.com

The studio of avant-garde florist Floral Fetish Design is conveniently located in Toronto's up and coming Junction neighbourhood. What used to be a corner store off the beaten path, now houses the creative space where Bella designs cutting edge arrangements for weddings, events, and daily orders.  Please visit us online at  www.floralfetish.com to connect with our style and flair. Our services are delivery-based, so our studio is open by appointment/chance.


 Bruno Duarte - Fresh Floral Creations

Bruno Duarte
Fresh Floral Creations

175b Danforth Avenue | 416.968.1270 | freshflorals.com

Bruno's approach to floral design is both sculptural and emotional, blending organic materials and found objects together to create works of art. His floral studio in Toronto is often mistaken for an art gallery, where weekly window displays are created to showcase his artistry.

His exceptional craftsmanship and innovative design techniques have captured the attention of socialites and A-list celebrities in Canada as well as international glitterati such as Rene Zellweger, Patti LaBelle, Sir Elton John and Shania Twain.

Bruno frequently appears on local and national television programs, and gives floral demonstrations at Home and Garden shows. He is also a regular contributor to magazines in Australia, Canada and the United States, where his seasonal decor and wedding work are prominently featured.


 Michael Renaud - Horticultural Design

Michael Renaud
Horticultural Design

1610 Bayview Avenue | 416.488.7716 | horticulturaldesign.com

As one of Canada’s leading floral designers, and founder of Horticultural Design Inc. Canada’s first environmentally friendly garden lifestyle store, Michael Renaud has also had his work featured in film, television, newspapers and magazines, and is a regular contributor to Cityline, House and Home TV, and HGTV

With a distinguished and dedicated clientele, Michael Renaud is known for creating inspired floral designs of exceptional design and quality, and has had his work featured by the Junior League of Toronto’s Designer Show House and other national organizations.  Mr. Renaud is a popular instructor at Horticultural Design and guest speaker at Toronto Botanical Gardens. Michael also raises money for non-profit organizations with local and international causes.


 Phyllis Lill & Marilyn Lill - Lilium

Phyllis Lill & Marilyn Lill

41 Hazelton Avenue | 416.482.5380 | lilium.ca

Lilium is the creation of the mother-and-daughter team, Phyllis Lill and Marilyn Lill.

Over the past 15 years, Phyllis has studied floral design in Canada, the US, at the renowned Constance Spry Flower School in England, and with Catherine Muller in Paris. Prior to founding her floral business Lilium, Phyllis successfully ran her floral design studio, The Conservatory, for over six years. Marilyn Lill recently spent over three years in New York studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology and working in the fashion industry. Marilyn is focused on bringing her experience from working in fashion and the buying department at Bergdorf Goodman to floral design and merchandising at Lilium. Most recently, Marilyn studied floral arranging in England, and interned at a well-known floral shop in London.


 Rosemary Little Jeffares - Quince Flowers

Rosemary Little Jeffares
Quince Flowers

660 Queen Street East | 416.594.1414 | quinceflowers.com

As a grad student in London, England, Rosemary unearthed her love of all things botanic while moonlighting, cleaning flowers at dawn in a South Kensington flower shop to help pay the rent. Stripping, cutting, and bundling blooms into market bunches and hand tied bouquets, she found her fine arts career re-directed by the romance and peace of working with flowers. That presence still informs the creativity at Quince Flowers which celebrates its 15th anniversary this spring.


Dresden Scroll Vase, raised flowers
, c.1830-1835. Mintons, England, Stoke-on-Trent, founded 1763. Dimensions: 30.5 x 20.3 cm. Bone china, overglaze enamels and gold. Gift of N. Robert Cumming, G95.8.24.
Vase and cover with exotic birds and townscapes,
c.1775-1780. Worcester Porcelain Factory, England, Worcester. Dimensions: 24.8 x 11 cm. Soft paste (bone ash) porcelain; overglaze enamels. The Radlett Collection of 18th Century English Porcelain, G05.18.44a-b.

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