Lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart made a rare visit to Toronto today, flying in from New York to promote her new line of products sold exclusively at home improvement retailer Home Depot. Stewart made a 45-minute appearance at Canada Blooms, a landscaping and gardening expo, held at the historic Canadian National Exhibition.
Stewart noted that it is much chillier in Toronto than it is in her hometown of Bedford, New York. She had stopped by Brantford (approximately an hour outside the city) earlier in the morning to visit her Friesian horses at Witteveen Farms. Although only 400 seats were made available for Stewart's last minute appearance, there were almost double that number in onlookers at the venue. She gave the audience gardening tips including how to plant home-grown Fennel and Dahlias, indicating that the biggest mistake we often make is that we always remember to feed ourselves, but not our plants.
Included in the Stewart's Home Depot line are Paints, Dish Soap, All-Purpose Cleaners, Patio Sets, Certified Organic Seeds/Bulbs and Design-Your-Own Closet Kits. This new deal is aimed at boosting profits for Home Depot, which saw a $5 billion dip in profits from 2008 to 2009. At the same time, it alleviates concerns about Stewart's products being difficult to find here in Canada. Click here to view a full catalogue of Martha Stewart products available at the retailer.
Unfortunately, Stewart was rushed in and then out today, not having much time to interact with fans. Soon, hopefully.... Check out some pics I got from the appearance below.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)