The sun is out, and Canada’s Wonderland guests aren’t the only ones soaking up the rays – so are the thousands of flowers and plants being added to the park landscape for the 2018 season.
As soon as the threat of frost is over (which is typically after the Victoria Day long weekend), our landscaping crew gets busy tending to the garden beds, trees, shrubs and hanging baskets. But the work actually starts long before that.
Canada’s Wonderland acquires its plants and flowers from Lisa’s Country Garden in St. Anns, Ontario. Owner Lisa Janssen starts sowing seeds for the park between December and March, and this year grew:
- 25,000 fiberous Begonias
- 12,240 Marigolds
- 11,500 Salvia
- 1,260 Nicotiana
- 4,800 Pansies
- 4,000 DragonWing Begonias
- 385 Petunias
- 115 Dahlia
- 102 Fountain Grass
- 89 Bacopa
- 86 Canna
- 48 Geraniums
- 20 Dracena
- 4 Dicondra
Above, Lisa Janssen and her grandson Nathan with growing flowers for Canada's Wonderland at their nursery in St. Anns.
Once the plants are ready, the team gets busy! Starting with our floral Canadian flag at the front gate fountain, it takes 10 staff a full day to plant approximately 6,000 red and white begonias.
Then it’s off to the other garden beds, the hanging baskets and tending to the park’s nearly 6,000 trees and 75,000 shrubs.
It’s a big job, and it all contributes to making a beautiful landscape for Canada’s Wonderland guests!