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