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 & 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.