Win­ners of the 2017 Canadian Gar­den Tourism Awards

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - LOCAL DIRT -

On March 14, 2017, at the North Amer­i­can Gar­den Tourism Con­fer­ence, the Canadian Gar­den Coun­cil an­nounced the re­cip­i­ents of the 2017 Canadian Gar­den Tourism Awards.

Gar­den Tourism is a sig­nif­i­cant com­po­nent of the tourism in­dus­try

The Canadian Gar­den Coun­cil is the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion for pro­vin­cial and na­tional gar­den or­ga­ni­za­tions. Its vi­sion is to cham­pion the gar­den ex­pe­ri­ence sec­tor’s con­tri­bu­tions to the well-be­ing of Cana­di­ans, the sus­tain­abil­ity of our com­mu­ni­ties and to pro­mote the joys and benefits of gar­dens, land­scapes and green in­fra­struc­ture.

Dr. Richard Ben­field au­thor of Gar­den Tourism (2013) tells us ac­cord­ing to his re­search, “Over the next 10 years, Canada will see un­prece­dented growth in gar­den visi­ta­tion”.

“Our re­search shows that vis­it­ing the coun­try’s spec­tac­u­lar gar­dens is some­thing that large num­bers of in­bound tourists to Canada are very in­ter­ested in adding to their itin­er­ar­ies,” said David Robin­son, Vice Pres­i­dent, Strat­egy and Stake­holder Re­la­tions of Des­ti­na­tion Canada. “That the Canadian Gar­den Coun­cil is the North Amer­i­can leader on the sub­ject of gar­den tourism is some­thing about which we can build on.”

Gar­den Tourism Awards are pre­sented to or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who have dis­tin­guished them­selves in the development and pro­mo­tion of gar­den ex­pe­ri­ences as tourism at­trac­tions and mo­ti­va­tors.

The 2017 Canadian Gar­den Tourism Award win­ners are:

In the spirit of high­light­ing Canada’s most dy­namic gar­den ex­pe­ri­ences and Gar­den Tourism’s lim­it­less po­ten­tial, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Canadian Nurs­ery Land­scape As­so­ci­a­tion, spon­sor of the 2017 Awards Pro­gram, the Canadian Gar­den Coun­cil was hon­oured to an­nounce the 2017 re­cip­i­ents of the Canadian Gar­den Tourism Awards. •••

1. Gar­den of the Year

Hor­ti­cul­ture Cen­tre of the Pa­cific, B.C. Spon­sored by: Canadian Nurs­ery Land­scape As­so­ci­a­tion

2. New Gar­den Ex­pe­ri­ence of the Year

Land­scapes of Canada Gar­dens, Canadian Mu­seum of Na­ture, ON Spon­sored by: Canadian Nurs­ery Land­scape As­so­ci­a­tion

3. Gar­den Des­ti­na­tion of the Year

Okana­gan Laven­der & Herb Farm, B.C.

Spon­sored by: Bax­ter Travel Media

4. Gar­den Fes­ti­val of the Year:

Canada Blooms

5. Gar­den Ex­hi­bi­tion of the Year

Hamil­ton Gar­den & Mum Show, ON

6. Gar­den Event of the Year

Peter­bor­ough Gar­den Show, ON

7. Des­ti­na­tion Gar­den Cen­tre of the Year

Plant Par­adise Coun­try Gar­dens, ON Spon­sored by: Canadian Nurs­ery Land­scape As­so­ci­a­tion

8. Gar­den Com­mu­nity Des­ti­na­tion of the Year

Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake, ON Spon­sored by: Bax­ter Travel Media

9. Gar­den Media Per­son of the Year

Mark Cullen, ON

Spon­sored by: En­ter­prise Canada

10. Gar­den Media of the Year

Pe­ga­sus Pub­li­ca­tions, MB – Al­berta Gar­dener, Man­i­toba Gar­dener, On­tario Gar­dener mag­a­zines Spon­sored by: En­ter­prise Canada

11. Gar­den Mar­ket­ing Cam­paign of the Year

Kings­brae Gar­den Amaz­ing Race Part­ner­ship, NB

12. Gar­den Per­son of the Year

Lucinda Fle­mer, NB

Spon­sored by: En­ter­prise Canada and

Gar­den Per­son of the Year

Ju­dith Cabrita, NS

Spon­sored by: En­ter­prise Canada

•••

2017 Gar­den Media of the Year

As a rel­a­tively small com­pany in the pub­lish­ing world, Pe­ga­sus Pub­li­ca­tions was thrilled to be nom­i­nated and even more ex­cited to learn that our ef­forts were rec­og­nized by the gar­den­ing com­mu­nity as a whole. Our staff are pas­sion­ate about our pub­li­ca­tions and we strive to pro­mote gar­den tourism to Al­berta, Man­i­toba, On­tario and across Canada by fea­tur­ing lo­cal gar­dens and new gar­den de­vel­op­ments across the coun­try. If you have not read our Cel­e­brat­ing 150 Years of Gar­den His­tory is­sues for the three prov­inces, please do. They dis­cuss the im­por­tance that gar­den­ing has had on our na­tion and high­light won­der­ful gar­dens that are an in­spi­ra­tion to all. You can or­der in­di­vid­ual is­sues for Al­berta, Man­i­toba, and On­tario or or­der them as a three pack. Each is­sue is filled with 80 pages of lo­cal gar­den his­tory and the im­pact Cana­di­ans have had in hor­ti­cul­ture.

Alexan­der Re­ford (left), Direc­tor Jardins de Métis and Chair, Canadian Gar­den Coun­cil; Garry Enns ac­cept­ing the award (cen­tre); Bill Hardy (right), Chair, Pub­lic Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee, Canadian Nurs­ery Land­scape As­so­ci­a­tion.

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