Year of the Garden 2022 – February News

February 12, 2021

Call to Action – Together We Can Do This

What is needed at this time is for each one of you, member of the Garden Family, to contact your local federal MP to express your support and ask him or her to support the official proclamation of 2022 as Canada’s Year of the Garden. Tell him or her why you believe YOTG 2022 would be an excellent initiative for Canadians and Canada. Click for a sample letter.

If you do not know your MP, you can find them and how to connect with them at the following link: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Members/en/search

CANADIANS Love Gardening and Want 2022 to be Canada’s Year of the Garden

NANOS Research not only told us that 4 in 5 Canadians favour making 2022 the Year of the Garden (YOTG 2022) in celebration of Canada’s Horticulture Centennial, it also told us the following:

  • Over four in five Canadians expect to spend the same time (66%) or more time (21%) gardening in 2021 compared to 2020.
  • Younger Canadians are twice as likely to say they expect to spend more time gardening in 2021 than older Canadians.

Canadians are aware of all the benefits that gardens and gardening provide and how they help us cope with COVID.

It is our pleasure to share with you today the report from the Nanos Research on YOTG 2022.

Note: At this time, we would ask that the results not be shared with the media, since we are preparing a public release of the results, aligned with our government strategy, in the weeks to come.

Read Full Nanos Report

Government Relations and Engagement

Former MPs Support proclaiming 2022 Year of the Garden

A letter was sent to every sitting MP asking them to support the designation of 2022 as Canada’s Year of the Garden. This letter  is signed by former parliamentarians Dorothy Dobbie, (Conservative) and Francis Leblanc, (Liberal), Ian Waddell, (NDP) and Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral (Bloc Québecois).

“Horticulture has played and continues to play a key role in the economic, sociological and environmental development of Canada. We ask you to encourage your colleagues to join a unanimous declaration designating 2022 as the Year of the Garden in Canada.“

Other Good News

The Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians have sent a letter to the Prime Minister officially endorsing the designation of 2022 as Canada’s Year of the Garden.

Remember

We now need you to express your support to your federal MP.

Garden Family Engagement

We keep receiving letters of support for the YOTG 2022, thank you and keep them coming.

Garden Family Quotes of Support

“Gardens play an important role in creating a safe and healthy place for people to gather. They foster community. And they build food security. The Year of the Garden would foster awareness of a healthy, outdoor activity that fosters community and resilience.” – Steven Biggs, Director and Founder, Food Garden Life Media

“One of Lethbridge’s prominent tourist attractions is the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, which provides visitors and locals alike with a peaceful and stunning retreat from the everyday. Celebrating Canada’s “Year of the Garden” would create an even greater opportunity to display and promote the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden!.” – Suzanne Lint, Chairperson of the Board, Tourism Lethbridge

“Gardens create and support life and offer a healthy outdoor activity, as well as an oasis for Canadians of all ages. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the need to showcase activities that are not only healthy but create a sustainable future for generations to come. ”- Danielle St-Aubin, CEO, Tree Canada

“Gardens play an important role in creating a safe and healthy place to bring people together and connect us with Canada’s world of plants. This initiative would be a vital community catalyst for greater learning exploration and connection for Canadians of all ages supporting our organization’s mission.” – Tara Culham, Executive Director, BC Society of Landscape Architects

“We believe that a Year of the Garden will contribute to educate and inspire Canadians on ecological stewardship and their role in contributing to Canada’s fight on climate change and the conservation of Canada’s wildlife and habitats.” – Mike Bingley, Director of Education, Canadian Wildlife Federation

“On behalf of the Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA), please accept this letter confirming our endorsement of the Canadian Garden Council’s initiative to have 2022 declared Canada’s Year of the Garden. Never before has the need for and appreciation of gardens and plants been more apparent than during these unprecedented times of COVID pandemic.” – Rebecca Mackenzie, President & CEO, Culinary Tourism Alliance

“As we rebuild our lives and businesses, cultivating our connection to nature will be just as critical for our well-being, as redesigning the economy.
Right now, we have a brief moment to embrace that anything is possible. “Year of the Garden” is an incredible opportunity to reimagine the world we want to live in. We can’t wait to seize it.” – Natasa Kajganic, Founder, Canadian Flowers Week

“Rest assured that the Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière National Historic Site of Canada, in the continuity of its annual program, will be present to invite the Canadian population to participate in activities and events to commemorate the history of the garden in the country, celebrate garden culture – today and tomorrow – as well as to create educational and entertaining garden experiences for all members of the family.” – Hélène Leclerc, Director, Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière

“Devoting the year 2022 to highlighting all the benefits and virtues of gardening and / or visiting gardens can only be beneficial for our communities.” – Alain Pineau, President, CEO, Forget for a Moment Foundation

“Gardens are an important form of landscape horticulture, a significant green infrastructure sub-sector. Year of the Garden will be an excellent way to promote the importance of, and various benefits provided by plants and gardens.” – Jennifer Court, Executive Director, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition

Read All Letters of Support

Become a Year of the Garden 2022 Champion. Here’s how:

If not written yet, please send us a Letter of Support to the Canadian Garden Council! Click for a sample letter.

Government relations: Please let your MP know that you support the Federal government’s commitment to Canada’s Year of the Garden 2022. Click for a sample letter. Please cc us.

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Share your thoughts, ideas and expectations about Year of the Garden 2022 with us during this Development and Feasibility Phase. director@gardencouncil.ca 

Corporate Engagement

Interested in joining Scotts Canada and Premier Tech as Founding Partners of the Year of the Garden 2022?

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