A peek preview for 2010

The Queens County Advance - - SPORTS - Carla Allen

Trend set­ters pro­vided peek pre­views for 2010 at the Gar­den and Flo­ral Expo in Toronto last week. It was the 10th an­niver­sary for the show, an event that most browsers visit (ac­cord­ing to last year’s sur­vey) to view new prod­ucts.

From new va­ri­eties of flow­ers and fer­til­iz­ers to gar­den dec­o­ra­tions - ex­hibitors rolled out the lat­est.

Fern­lea Flow­ers Ltd., one of Canada’s largest grow­ers, spe­cial­izes in branded pan­sies, spring an­nu­als, and fall prod­ucts. This year they show­cased their new suc­cu­lent and fo­liage lines for the spring of 2010.

J.C. Bakker & Sons Ltd. now of­fer a hardy, unique rose that can be planted across Canada through many cli­matic zones. Rosa AC Navy Lady fea­tures beau­ti­ful, dark red vel­vet blooms, re-bloom­ing from mid-June through au­tumn frost. It of­fers ex­cel­lent vigor and strong har­di­ness in a new shrub rose.

The AC Navy Lady has been named as a ded­i­ca­tion to the thou­sands of Cana­dian women who served in the Women’s Royal Cana­dian Navel Ser­vice (WRCNS). Cer­e­mo­nial plant­ings are planned across Canada.

Val­ley­brook Gar­dens is re­spond­ing to grow­ing con­sumer in­ter­est in ed­i­ble plants. It of­fers gar­den cen­tres a fun, ex­cit­ing and unique way to pro­mote Culi­nary Cou­ture TM, a branded line of ed­i­ble plants. The line fea­tures a mix of new and hard to find heir­loom va­ri­eties in ex­cit­ing, styl­ized packaging.

Global Elec­tronic Sup­plies Inc. is in­tro­duc­ing their Low Volt­age Gar­den Lights for 2010. This sys­tem is de­signed to light up gar­dens in a safe and sim­ple way. Its im­proved tech­nol­ogy now al­lows 12-volt lighting to pro­vide suf­fi­cient light out­put to il­lu­mi­nate gar­dens and cre­ate am­bi­ent and at­mo­spheric light ef­fects. The big ad­van­tage to us­ing LED lighting is the ex­tremely low en­ergy con­sump­tion and long life ex­pectancy.

Nat­u­ral In­sect Con­trol, a front-run­ner in or­ganic and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly prod­ucts and bi­o­log­i­cal con­trols, is fea­tur­ing Magic Rain RTU. This nat­u­ral soil stim­u­lant is for­mu­lated in a ready-to-use hose and sprayer con­tainer. It is chem­i­cal free and con­tains a blend of trace sug­ars, friendly bac­te­ria, sea plants, as­sorted grains, en­zymes and other or­ganic in­gre­di­ents, which oc­cur nat­u­rally in the en­vi­ron­ment. Magic Rain Boost con­tains the cal­cium lawns need while re­duc­ing acid leach­ing.

Green Earth Stores Ltd. is in­tro­duc­ing a new-old way of telling the tem­per­a­ture. Four cen­turies ago, Galileo de­vised an eye­catch­ing method of de­ter­min­ing tem­per­a­ture us­ing liq­uid filled float­ing spheres of dif­fer­ent weights sus­pended in liq­uid. The large Out­door Galilio Ther­mome­ter has a black pow­der coated iron frame with hang­ing hook and blown glass ther­mome­ter tube.

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