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Welcome to Gardens Canada, your hub for blooming, bountiful and beautiful garden experiences across the country.

Whether you enjoy the gardens around your home, in your community, or as destinations to explore, this site, presented by the Canadian Garden Council, is your go-to resource for information and inspiration.

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The Canadian Garden Council, supported by Canadian Garden Family is proud to proclaim 2022 as Canada’s Year of the Garden!

Passion for gardening has never been more evident than during the Covid-19 pandemic as families sheltered at home and turned their yards into practical and beautiful garden sanctuaries. As the country recovers, The Year of the Garden 2022 will mark an important period for Canadians of all ages to learn more about growing, enjoying and experiencing gardening and gardens, and all of the vital quality of life benefits they provide.

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June 11 – 19, 2022
It’s Garden Time!

Photo: Courtesy of Toronto Botanical Gardens
Credit: Janet Davis

Whether you are a home gardener, a community gardener, or a visitor, a garden can be a source of exercise, stimulation, and relaxation.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s Garden Time!

There is so much to do and there are so many benefits to gardens and gardening, that this year we are going to celebrate the many joys of gardens and gardening with daily themes.

Next Garden Days will be from June 11th to 19th, 2022

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Canada’s Public Gardens and Garden Experiences Are Waiting For You

Photo: Courtesy of the Butchart Gardens Ltd.,
Victoria, BC Canada

Canada’s Garden Route is a listing of Canadian gardens and garden experiences. If you’re planning to stop in and visit some of the finest examples of ornamental horticulture the country has to offer, this is the website that will help you find the perfect garden experience you’re looking for. Canada’s garden experiences welcome all visitors, whether you come from across town, across the country or from around the world.

With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, it is a perfect time to get out and explore the country and enjoy everything it has to offer, including its magnificent public gardens.

In the meantime, we encourage you to safely explore the gardens and garden experiences that are open in your province, especially those that are local to where you live.

Check online before travelling to see a public garden or a botanical garden. Many have adjusted their hours, as well as rules for visiting. Be sure to follow any protocols that are listed on the website and at the garden.

Share your photos and videos on Instagram using the hashtag #CanadasGardenRoute.

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Canada’s Garden Road Trips

We have also started working with various gardens to create Canada’s Garden Road Trips. These include garden destinations, as well as local relevant attractions, shops and restaurants, so you can enjoy a day or weekend trip. Stay tuned as we’ll be adding more over the summer.

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Larry Hodgson – Canada’s Garden Route Spokesperson

Photo credit: France Bouchard

Author of A Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada

“As the confinement lessens and stores and restaurants open, we’re all glad to be getting out of the house and doing something else. Anything else! And why not put visiting a local garden high on your list?” Click here to read the full article.

“This summer, bring the kids to visit one or more of Canada’s public gardens.” For Larry’s suggestions on how to make the most of these visits, click here.

Garden Tourism Conference


This biannual conference, hosted by the Canadian Garden Council, is where North American and global garden, garden experience and tourism leaders meet to share best practices and present new and emerging visitor experience strategies. Their mission: to create even more exciting destinations for their audiences.

The Canadian and International Garden Tourism Awards, along with the list of “TOP 10 Gardens Worth Travelling For” are announced at the Garden Tourism Conference.

Plans are underway for the next Garden Tourism Conference to be held in Victoria, BC on October 20 to 22, 2022, during the Year of the Garden.

Check back for more details as we confirm speakers.

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The Canadian Garden Council is a national body of provincial and national organizations, supported by Canada’s horticulture and tourism industry businesses, associations and organizations, to bring the love of gardens and gardening to Canadians and visitors.

The Canadian Garden Council manages Canada’s Garden Route™, Garden Days™, 2022, Year of the Garden™, Garden Tourism Conference™ and Garden Tourism Awards™.

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