10 Gardens BC Members Receive ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience’ Designations

Canada 150 Garden Experience designation

150 garden ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday year, and 16 can be found in Super, Natural British Columbia!

In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, unveiled 150 jury-selected gardens and garden experiences that have received the ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience’ designation, 16 of which are located in British Columbia, at the International Garden Tourism Conference, in Toronto today.

Tourism is the world’s fourth largest industry, and one of BC’s most important; and garden tourism is a significant part of it. In his 2013 book, Garden Tourism, Dr. Richard Benfield said, “More people visit gardens in the United States than go to Disneyland and Disney World combined, and more than visit Las Vegas annually, making garden tourism one of the largest sectors in the tourism market.”

The 10 members of Gardens British Columbia received the ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience’ designation are:

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver

Milner Gardens and Woodland, Qualicum Beach

Minter Country Gardens, Chilliwack

Nitobe Memorial Japanese Garden, Vancouver

Royal Roads University and Hatley Park, Colwood

The Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay

The Gardens at the HCP, District of Saanich

Tofino Botanical Gardens, Tofino

UBC Botanical Garden, Vancouver

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver

The other British Columbia gardens to receive this prestigious Canada 150 designation are:

Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants, Richmond

Abbortsford Tulip Festival, Abbotsford

Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens, Courtenay

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Vancouver

Abkhazi Garden, Victoria

Government House Gardens, Victoria

St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site, Victoria

Congratulations to all the winners! For more information on our member gardens, see our member gardens page. To find out more about becoming a member of Gardens British Columbia, go to: membership page.

For more information on tourism and destination marketing in British Columbia, see Destination BC. The official Canada 150 page of events and activities across Canada can be found here.

See the full list of ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience’ designations