SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – March 30‐April 1 Prairieland Park’s Trade and Convention Centre will be filled with the scents and smells of Spring! Gardenscape – the outdoor living show, is an exciting kickoff to the gardening season, with over 180,000 square feet of the industry’s best products and services. For three days, the Prairieland Park Trade and Convention Centre becomes a one‐stop shop for all your gardening and outdoor living needs, including pots, plants, tools, garden art, stylish furniture, fire pits, hot tubs, barbecues and much more.
Gardenscape is extremely pleased to welcome the floral industry back to the show in 2012. Local florist will be creating exotic bouquets that patrons can bid on (through a Silent Auction). Money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Roy Jackson, a local florist that died tragically in a car accident in February of last year. This is our opportunity to recognize his contributions to the industry, as well as support the Cancer Society. The Silent Auction will run throughout the show beginning at 11:00 a.m. Friday and continue until 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
The Backyard BBQ Cooking Show returns to Gardenscape for a second year featuring the Saskatoon Chefs’ Association preparing culinary delights using local produce and products.
“The BBQ Cooking Show was so popular last year we’re bring it back for 2012! It’s a great way for Gardenscape to showcase Saskatchewan growers and food producers,” said Susan Kuzma, Manager of Special Events at Prairieland Park.
All demonstrations will take place in Hall A in a backyard oasis setting. Each of the daily cooking shows will feature a local Chef preparing their favorite barbecue dishes using a variety of Saskatchewan products including meats, spices and vegetables. The shows will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday; 12 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., on Saturday; and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Patrons will have the opportunity to sample the barbecue creations and recipe cards will be available.
This year, four feature speakers will take the stage in Hall C at the Speakers’ Theatre. On Friday horticulturist and former TV‐radio host Ken Beattie will address Gardenscape audiences at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. Ken's passion for all things green and growing is contagious. Author and retired horticultural specialist with the University of Saskatchewan, Sara Williams, will discuss topics of interest to local gardeners on Saturday at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. Dawn Vaessen, recent author of the book “Perfect Perennials for the Prairie Gardener” will present on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Later on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., botanist, horticultural consultant and author June Flanagan returns to the Gardenscape stage.
Eight feature gardens are located throughout Gardenscape. These gardens are sure to inspire, with such themes as “Spring is Here”, “Backyard Oasis” and “Wheel of Life”. Local designers have let their imaginations run wild to create beautiful lush vignettes.
Other popular show features include GardenScapes Art Show & Sale, the Prairie Berry Café, the Bistro & Wine Garden and the Plant Auction – Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Show admission is $12; a two‐day pass is $18; and children 15 & under are admitted free. Gardenscape will be open Friday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For all show information visit our website www.gardenscapeshow.ca.
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For more information please contact:
Manager – Special Events
Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corporation
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