April 28, 2012 — May is just around the corner -- and for many, that means it's time to bring out the garden forks and spades. Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario is celebrating spring this weekend with their Home and Garden Show.
The annual Royal Botanical Garden Show kicks off this weekend and will feature dozens of hands-on workshops and speakers. "We have plant vendors, vendors with the best of the new things for your home and garden," says Carlo Balistrieri, Head of Horticulture at the Botanical Gardens.
Balistrieri says that the early spring is helping some flowers, like lilacs, bloom early. "We have one of the best lilac collections here at the Royal Botanical Gardens, traditionally it would bloom around the end of May or the middle of June but the early Spring has pushed that forward just a little bit," says Balistrieri.
He adds that they are expecting the difference to only be about a week or so instead of the three weeks. "If you're planning to come out to the Garden, and I strongly encourage it, plan your lilac visit for the end of May or early June," explains Balistrieri. "You'll be sure to take in a good show and the fragrance is a knockout."
Balistrieri says he gets a lot of questions regarding the affect the strange spring is having on plants. "We've had a very unusual (spring), in that we had a very early and warm March that pushed the plants to start flowering and growing a little bit ahead of normal," he explains. "At one point, we were even three weeks ahead of what we would normally expect for here in southern Ontario."
"The last few weeks, it's cooled off quite a bit so we've got a situation now where things are still a little bit early but they are slowed down, we're getting more into a normal rhythm."
But despite the fluctuating temperatures, Balistrieri says not to worry. "I'm here to tell you, your gardens will be fine, have no fear, the plants have dealt with swings in temperatures before for hundreds and hundreds of years, it will adapt."