That the Canadian flag bears the emblem of a maple leaf indicates the extent to which flora plays a role in defining the country as a nation. From the time that Indigenous peoples discovered food properties of sap to the immigrant experience of subsistence gardening, such as the Acadian potager, whereby cultural practices were adapted from home — and beyond, with ornamental gardening taking hold — our distinctive history and climate have created a deep-rooted gardening heritage. Government also played a role with the establishment of federal experimental farms in the mid 1880s, providing access to new plant materials that thrive in relatively cold climates.
As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday following Confederation in 1867, Garden Making commemorates the heritage of horticulture in Canada and recognizes some of the many people who are influencing the future of gardening across the country. In the Garden Makers issue (No. 31) released in August 2017, we devote several articles to people and organizations as a special Canada 150 section. Those articles are available in this free download, Celebrating Gardening in Canada.
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