North America’s Garden Tourism Conference

Where Gardens and Tourism Meet to Forge Blossoming Partnerships

Started in 2009, the biennial Garden Tourism Conference, organized in collaboration with the American Public Garden Association, is where gardens, garden experiences and the tourism industry meet to discuss best practices related to the visitor experience, increasing visitorship, and tourism readiness of gardens and garden experiences as well as the integration of garden assets into tourism offerings – whether at the destination marketing organizations level or with tour operators in general. Our goal is to grow both sectors with a Garden Tourism perspective.

If you are interested or have any suggestions for the next Conference please contact us at: director@gardencouncil.ca

Due to COVID-19 the next Conference will be in the Fall of 2022. Check back for dates of the Conference program.

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Testimonial

I wanted to write and thank you again so much for including Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in the 2013 Garden Tourism Conference and for inspiring us to pursue opportunities for garden tourism. It has transformed our garden and our community. We’ve now launched a Richmond Garden Trail and are receiving great support from our tourism partners and media. There’s even a mention of it in the July 2014 issue of Better Homes & Gardens. Again, we cannot thank you enough for inspiring us and for generously sharing your wisdom and expertise.

Beth Monroe, Public Relations & Marketing Director — Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Conference Information

Winner of the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards

Victoria, Canada, November 5, 2019 Today at the North American Garden Tourism Conference, in the spirit of the conference theme: “Taking Garden Tourism to the Next Level”, the recipients of the 2019 Garden Tourism Awards [...]

Garden Tourism Conference Agenda

November 3 to 5, 2019 – Victoria, BC Sunday, November 3, 2019 9:00 – 10:00 am Registration Pick up your Lee Valley Tools delegate bag. Hotel Grand Pacific Lobby 9:30 – 4:00 pm (bus departs [...]

Victoria Gardens Tour

April 5, 2019  This step-on, guided tour includes a quick visit to Abkhazi Gardens and then on to the magnificent Gardens at Hatley Estate–the site of Royal Roads University, a stop at the Gardens at [...]

View Past Programs

Interested in learning more about previous Garden Tourism Conferences? Download the programs from 2015 and 2017 to view past schedules, speakers and more. View 2017 Program View 2015 Program [...]

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