May has arrived and with it summer weather. Birds fill the air with their songs, trees are threatening to burst forth with leaves and it looks like the grass needs to be cut already. Summer time in London at its finest.

If the double digits on the mercury are drawing you outside, no one would blame you. There are flowers in bloom and you deserve to stop and smell them. In fact, there are flowers in bloom all over London, Ontario this weekend.

Flowers In Your Neighbourhood

First stop for flowers has to be London’s Best Garden Centre – Heeman’s. I’m not just saying that either. They were voted Best Garden Centre in 2013 by the London Free Press voting community. That is a pretty big title, considering that London has more than a few well-stocked nurseries and garden centres around. They deserve the title too! They have some of the best annuals, perennials and staff to help you pick them.

This weekend Heeman’s wants to celebrate that, plus their 50th Anniversary with you. On May 4th, 2013 they will open their doors and cutting the cake. There will be refreshments to go with the cake, as well as prizes, including a grand prize of a $500 Heeman’s gift certificate. Plus you can get a behind the scenes look at the greenhouses and gadgets that make them run on special tours held throughout the day. Bill and Susan Heeman should be proud of the operation they started way back in 1963.


They are not the only place that has flowers on the brain though. On the other side of town, Poetry in Bloom will be hosted at the Civic Garden Complex (625 Springbank Dr). The Garden Club of London will have the Tea Room open from 10 am – 3 pm, but you can wander around the complex and enjoy the facility from 10 am – 5 pm on May 4th and 5th, 2013. There will be demonstrations at 11 am and 3 pm of their flower arranging, cultivation and care of indoor and outdoor plants. Six beautiful urns will be on display created by Garden Club members. You can also wander around the outdoor Woodland Restoration Project, which is home to over 200 native and Carolinian species. Admission is $5, children are free.


If real flowers make you twitch, artistic flowers might be more up your alley. A trip to the ARTS Project is just the thing then, for you to see Steve Tracy’s Sculptured Flowers instead. His spring collection will be on display from May 7-11, 2013. These artistic creations are a unique paint application that turn his paintings into 2-D sculptures that pop. The artist is even donating 10% of his sales back to the ARTS Project. Plus you can meet him in person on May 11th from 1-3 pm. A picture might be worth a thousand words, but these beautiful flowers get a boost from a video showing how Steve creates his masterpieces.


Have a great weekend.Don’t forget to stop to smell the flowers in your own yard as well!