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New Member: District of Mission

By Scott McDonald | New Member , Press Release , Vancouver Coast and Mountains

Welcome to the District of Mission

Join us in welcoming the District of Mission as a new entry-level member of Gardens British Columbia!

Have you been to the city of Mission, on highway 11, just north of the Fraser River and the Trans-Canada, in BC’s stunning Fraser Valley. You might have heard us refer to them for their strong support of one of our key supporters and founders, BC Communities in Bloom.

How to get to the District of Mission in the Fraser Valley.
District of Mission – Map

Mission BC’s Communities in Bloom has a long history, starting in 2009, when the entered the Communities in Bloom provincial competition. They are tough competitors as they continually beautify their city, with community involvement and consistently win heritage and environmental awards. Check out their Communities in Bloom Facebook page to find out why you must put Mission on your travel-to-now bucket list!

District of Mission official flower - Caitlin Rhododendron

Mission has an official flower, the Caitlyn Rhododendron, which is is registered with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Should you be planning a trip to the city with the big back yard, check out Tourism Mission, and share your photos and video on social, using the hashtags. After all, it’s just a short drive away…

#exploreMission and #exploreBCgardens

Mission, BC trails – Photo credit: District of Mission

If you are there now, enter our Tulip Photo Contest and show the world Mission’s tulip and gardens.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is Garden of the Year

By Scott McDonald | Garden News , Press Release

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Canadian Tourism Commission

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Canadian Tourism Commission

(Left to right) Lesley Tannen, BCLNA; Kathy Gibler, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; Michele McKenzie, president & CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission.

On April 13, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden was the proud winner of the title ‘Canadian Garden Tourism Garden of the Year 2012‘ awarded by the Canadian Garden Council, in consultation with a Canadian and international jury network. The Garden was awarded for providing a world-class garden experience as well as a significant cultural heritage to local and international visitors. The Council also acknowledged the Garden’s title of “World’s Top City Garden”, recently named by National Geographic.

The Garden’s Executive Director Kathy Gibler gratefully accepted the Award. Gibler said “We are so honored to be recognized in our own country as one of the top garden and cultural attractions. We are very touched to see that our efforts are enhancing our visitors’ experience and promoting Vancouver to the world.”

The Garden of the Year award was presented at the Annual Canadian and International Garden Tourism Awards Luncheon, sponsored by VIA Rail Canada and hosted by VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction.

For a complete list of winners, please visit Garden Tourism Conference.

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Situated in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown neighbourhood, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an oasis of tranquility and reflection amid the bustle of urban life. Modeled after the Ming Dynasty scholars’ gardens in the city of Suzhou, it became the first authentic full-scale Chinese garden built outside of China upon its completion in April 1986.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a registered museum and one of Vancouver’s top tourist attractions. It is also a unique venue for cultural programming and events, including guided tours, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, receptions, and educational programs. Over the years, the garden has received several honours and designations: it is one of Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s “Places That Matter”; was named World’s Top City Garden by National Geographic in 2011.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society of Vancouver, incorporated in 1981, is a non-profit charitable organization that operates the garden under an agreement with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

The Butchart Gardens – Dining room restaurant receives ‘Top 100’ recognition

By Scott McDonald | Garden News , Press Release

The Butchart Gardens The Dining Room Restaurant

Victoria, BC., March 26, 2015 – The Butchart Gardens is pleased to announce The Dining Room Restaurant has been named one of the Top 100 Best Restaurants in Canada by OpenTable.  The inaugural list of winners is derived from more than 275,000 reviews for approximately 1,500 restaurants as submitted by OpenTable diners across the country.

“We are very proud of the whole team, ” said Bob Parrotta, Director of Food Services. “Our goal is simple,  to exceed customer expectations, every single day.  We use seasonal local ingredients, including herbs and flowers grown on site  – this sets us apart and makes for a unique dining experience.”

“We are honoured to recognize the Top 100 Best Restaurants in Canada based on OpenTable diner reviews,” said Caroline Potter, Chief Dining Officer, OpenTable. “The Top 100 celebrates Canadian restaurants that provide exceptional, and unforgettable, dining experiences and we are proud to include The Dining Room on this prestigious list.”

Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between February 1, 2014, and January 31, 2015, the 100 award-winning restaurants received the highest overall scores.

About The Dining Room Restaurant
The Dining Room Restaurant is located in the original Butchart family residence at The Butchart Gardens. The 120 seat restaurant which offers spectacular views of the Private Garden,  the Italian Garden, and Tod Inlet is noted for its autumn/winter High Tea and spring/summer Afternoon Tea service. Lunch and dinner service is seasonal throughout the year and traditional gourmet picnics are available during the summer on Firework Saturday and Special Event nights.

About OpenTable
OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 16 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 32,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation.

Media Contact :
Bob Parrotta
Director of Food Services
The Butchart Gardens
250-544-4457
bobparrotta@butchartgardens.com

 

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UBC Botanical Garden – Greenheart Canopy Walkway wins Experience of the Year Award

By UBC Botanical Garden | Garden News , Press Release

Presenting the awards (left to right) are Alexander Reford, Chair, Canadian Garden Council, Randi Thomas, Greenheart Canopy Walkway, Bill Hardy, President, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and The Honourable Peter Kent, Member of Parliament.

The Greenheart Canopy Walkway at UBC Botanical Garden.

The Greenheart Canopy Walkway at UBC Botanical Garden.

MEDIA ADVISORY | MARCH 17, 2015 – We are pleased to announce that today at the North American Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto, the Canadian Garden Council announced the recipients of the 2015 Canadian Garden Tourism Awards and UBC Botanical Garden’s Greenheart Canopy Walkway won New Garden Experience of the Year.

Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction.

 

Presenting the awards (left to right) are Alexander Reford, Chair, Canadian Garden Council, Randi Thomas, Greenheart Canopy Walkway, Bill Hardy, President, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and The Honourable Peter Kent, Member of Parliament.

Presenting the awards (left to right) are Alexander Reford, Chair, Canadian Garden Council, Randi Thomas, Greenheart Canopy Walkway, Bill Hardy, President, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and The Honourable Peter Kent, Member of Parliament.

Larry Hodgson, Canada’s Garden Route spokesperson, tour leader, prolific author and horticultural expert for Fleurs Plants Jardins magazine said, “My garden tours, most of which are in Canada, have been filling up like never before, and I’m doing more and more of them all the time. 10 years ago, I did about 6 or 7 a year (I’m including out of country tours): this year, it will be 15.”

 

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CANADIAN GARDEN TOURISM AWARD RECIPIENT 
New Garden Experience of the Year
UBC Botanical Garden Greenheart Canopy Walk, BC 
Sponsored by: Canadian Nursery Landscape Association

About:

UBC BOTANICAL GARDEN is Canada’s oldest continuously operating university botanic garden, established in 1916 under the directorship of John Davidson, British Columbia’s first provincial botanist. The original mission of the garden was research into the native flora of British Columbia.Over the past nine decades, the mission of UBC Botanical Garden has broadened to include research, conservation, teaching and public display of temperate plants from around the world.The UBC Centre for Plant Research is the research arm of the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research. World-class research in topics including plant adaptation, evolution, genomics, plant physiology and biotic interactions, phytochemistry, plant biotechnology and plant breeding contribute to the University of British Columbia’s reputation as one of the leading research institutions in North America.

GREENHEART INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION The Greenheart Canopy walkway is one of Vancouver’s most exciting eco-adventure attractions and has gained a world of experience working in parks and protected areas and strives to create a global network of conservation-based attractions. greenheart.ca

CANADIAN GARDEN COUNCIL is the national umbrella body for provincial and national garden organizations. Its vision is to champion the garden experience sector’s contributions to the well-being of Canadians and the sustainability of our communities and to promote the joys and benefits of gardens, landscapes and green infrastructure. The Council manages: Garden Days gardendays.ca , Canada’s Garden Route canadasgardenroute.ca , Garden Tourism Awards and Garden Tourism Conference gardentourismconference.ca

Originally posted Mar 17, 2015 at: botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/blog/2015/greenheart-experience-award

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