About Gardens British Columbia

Gardens British Columbia, was the brainchild of a few hardy garden marketers, led by Dave Cowen of The Butchart Gardens and if formally known as: the British Columbian Garden Tourism Coalition Society, a registered, not for profit society in B.C. 

Gardens BC is a “coalition of public gardens working together to promote visiting and experiencing British Columbia’s diversity of gardens and garden experiences”. The membership heterogeneity of Gardens BC reflects the widely varying nature of the garden experience in the province and provides an opportunity to examine the tourism industry sectorial approach used to provide effective marketing and promotion for export-ready gardens and garden communities.Garden tourism sectoral development to address the special leisure interest market and the post-visit garden tourism consumer. So through collaboration and targeted messaging to particular inbound travel companies, Gardens BC has fostered the development greater coordination and collectively market BC as a garden destination. This is our reason to be.

Board of Directors

Geoff Ball, President – Milner Gardens and WoodlandDave Cowen, President Emeritus – The Butchart GardensErin Minter, Secretary – Minter GardeningDeborah Donahue, Treasurer – The Gardens at HCPBrian White, Ph.D., Academic Liaison – Royal Roads UniversityEma Tanaka, Marketing Co-Chair – Vancouver Park Board

Marketing Committee

Katie Teed – Marketing Co-Chair, UBC Botanical GardenEma Tanaka, Marketing Co-Chair – Vancouver Park BoardDale Ryan, Marketing Chair Emeritus – The Butchart GardensErin Minter- Minter GardeningGeoff Ball – Milner Gardens and Woodland​Laura Dohan – The Butchart GardensKathy Gibler – Marketing Coordinator, Gardens British ColumbiaScott McDonald – Digital Strategy, Gardens British Columbia

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