Ontario Master Gardeners invite Canadians to vote for Canada’s National Flower
In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary Master Gardeners of Ontario are sponsoring a nation-wide contest to choose the country’s first national flower.
Residents from coast to coast are invited to cast a ballot for one of three native plants that grow in all areas of the country: Hooded Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana); Twinflower (Linnaea borealis) and Bunchberry (Cornus Canadensis).
“All three are native in every province and territory, which in itself is an incredible thing, considering the various climate conditions across our vast nation,” says Toronto Master Gardeners Executive Coordinator Maureen Hulbert, who came up with the idea for the contest while researching a presentation on Fascinating Flora from Coast to Coast for this year’s Canada Blooms gardening show.
The trick was to find enough deserving flowers to choose from that grow everywhere in Canada, and are not already designated as provincial or territorial emblems. The three finalists were identified with help from Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist with Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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To vote for Canada’s national flower, go to the poll directly at:
The online poll is open until midnight June 30th, 2017, and the winner will be announced on July 1st to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.