Garden Tourism awards spotlight destinations

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Lucinda Flemer, founder of Kingsbrae Garden in New Brunswick
Lucinda Flemer, founder of Kingsbrae Garden in New Brunswick
Lucinda Flemer, founder of Kingsbrae Garden in New Brunswick, receives award from Alexander Reford (left), director of Jardins de Métis and chair of Canadian Garden Council, and Bill Hardy of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.

Every two years, the Canadian Garden Council organizes the North American Garden Tourism Conference to promote the development and promotion of garden experiences as tourism attractions. At the 2017 conference, the latest awards were presented for both North American and Canadian destinations.

Garden tourism conferenceAlso, a new agreement was announced between the council and Destinations Canada, the agency that promotes tourism to Canada around the world.

“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,” says 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.”

2017 Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For

“In the spirit of highlighting North America’s most dynamic garden experiences and in consultation with a North American jury, we are honoured to announce the 2017 recipients of the Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For Garden Tourism Awards,” says Michel Gauthier, Executive Director of the Canadian Garden Council.

Three Canadian destinations are on the latest top 10 list:
(in alphabetical order)

  1. Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois
  2. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia
  3. Ethnobotanical Garden, Oaxaca, Mexico
  4. Halifax Public Gardens, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  5. Hershey Gardens, Hershey, Pennsylvania
  6. Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, Grand-Métis, Québec
  7. Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico
  8. Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans, Louisiana
  9. San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California
  10. Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson, Arizona

(There’s more on Garden Making about Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Halifax Public Gardens.)

Canadian Garden Council 2017 logo2017 Canadian Garden Tourism Awards

The Canadian awards recognize both people and organizations, and are presented in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association:.

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