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2015 Garden Tourism Award Winners

Toronto, Canada ... Tuesday, March 17, 2015 ... Today at the North American Garden Tourism Conference, the Canadian Garden Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Canadian Garden Tourism Awards which were presented by The Honourable Peter Kent, MP, Thornhill, Ontario.

“As baby boomers age, garden tourism in Canada will be on the rise for the next decade,” predicts Dr. Richard Benfield, author of ‘Garden Tourism’, and chair of the International Garden Tourism Network.

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. Now presented annually, the inaugural Garden Tourism Awards were bestowed at the 2011 North American Garden Tourism Conference held in Toronto, Canada. To view past winners, visit and click on the ‘media’ tab.

In the spirit of highlighting Canada’s most dynamic garden experiences and Garden Tourism’s limitless potential, in consultation with a Canadian jury network and with thanks to the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association for sponsoring the 2015 Awards Program, the Canadian Garden Council is honoured to announce the 2015 recipients of the Canadian Garden Tourism Awards.

Canadian Garden Tourism Awards

1. Garden of the Year
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, NS
Sponsored by: Canadian Nursery Landscape Association

2. Botanical Garden of the Year
Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden, NFLD
Sponsored by: VIA Rail Canada

3. New Garden Experience of the Year
UBC Botanical Garden Greenheart Canopy Walk, BC
Sponsored by: Canadian Nursery Landscape Association

4. Garden Destination of the Year
Niagara Falls, ON
Sponsored by: Baxter Travel Media

5. Garden Festival of the Year
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, BC

6. Flower Festival of the Year
Canadian Tulip Festival, ON
Sponsored by: VIA Rail Canada

7. Garden Event of the Year
Allan Gardens at Christmas, ON

8. Flower Event of the Year
MUN Botanical Garden’s Pink Days in Bloom, NFLD

9. Garden Exhibition of the Year
Royal Botanical Gardens’ Earth Art, ON

10. Destination Garden Centre of the Year
Rideau Woodland Ramble, ON

11. Community of the Year
Town of Boissevain, MB
Sponsored by: Communities in Bloom

13. Website of the Year
The Butchart Gardens, BC

14. Person of the Year
Brian Minter, BC
Sponsored by: Baxter Travel Media

15. Journalist of the Year
Steve Whysall, BC
Sponsored by: Enterprise Canada

16. Media of the Year
Canadian Gardening Magazine, ON
Sponsored by: Enterprise Canada

17. Honourable Mention
Fleurs Plantes Jardins Magazine – 25th Anniversary, QC

18. Honourable Mention
Halifax Public Gardens – Outstanding National Recognition

The international Garden Tourism Network, in consultation with a global jury network is pleased to announce:


1. Garden of the Year
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, South Africa

2. Garden Festival of the Year
Hokkaido Garden Show Daisetsu and Related Garden Movement of Hokkaido, Japan

3. Garden Event of the Year
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, United Kingdom

4. Flower Festival of the Year
Chiang Mai Flower Festival, Thailand

5. Flower Event of the Year
Tapis de Fleur, Visit Brussels, Belgium

6. Destination of the Year
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

7. New Garden Experience of the Year – The Moselle Award
Dubai Miracle Garden, United Arab Emirates

8. Media of the Year, The Netherlands

9. Person of the Year
Paul Redman Executive Director, Longwood Gardens, USA

The North American Garden Tourism Conference, in consultation with a North American jury is pleased to announce:


  1. The Butchart Gardens. Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
  2. Chanticleer Garden. Wayne, Pennsylvania
  3. Denver Botanic Gardens. Denver, Colorado
  4. Desert Botanical Garden. Phoenix, Arizona
  5. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Miami, Florida
  6. Huntington Botanical Gardens. San Marino, California
  7. Jardin Botanico de Culiacan. Culiacan, Mexico
  8. Longwood Gardens. Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
  9. Montréal Botanical Garden. Montréal, Québec
  10. Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Canadian Garden Council

The 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 wellbeing 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, Canada’s Garden Route, Garden Tourism Awards and North American Garden Tourism Conference

The Canadian Garden Council Board is comprised of members from the BC Garden Tourism Society, Ontario Garden Tourism Coalition, Associations des grands jardins du Québec, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Communities in Bloom and representatives from public and botanical gardens in Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador.

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