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

By Scott McDonald | Garden News

Jun 02
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.

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Digital strategist, destination marketer, and garden tourism enthusiast, Scott McDonald can be found searching out the next offering on the BC Ale Trail or discovering something unique about a garden or local hidden gem. Previously a digital marketer at The Butchart Gardens and Canada 150 Community Leader for the City of Colwood, he is a member of the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.