The annual Canada Blooms event was the brainchild of the Garden Club of Toronto. It launched the city’s first Flower Show in 1954 in the Leaside Memorial Gardens. It featured educational displays, competitive flower arrangements and horticulture classes. Subsequent venues included Casa Loma, the O’Keefe Centre (today’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts), and the CNE’s Automotive Building. In 1997, the GCT joined forces with Landscape Ontario to sponsor the first Canada Blooms Flower Show.