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IT’S GARDEN TIME!
Garden Days 2020: June 13-21
Garden Days celebrates the joys of gardens and gardening and its many benefits to our physical and mental well-being. Whether your hands are in the dirt of your backyard garden, or you prefer to take a stroll through a public garden, from June 13 to 21 it’s Garden Time!
This year’s Garden Days will be quite different from previous years. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live. With restrictions on who we can meet with and where we can go, more people than ever are rediscovering the joys of gardens and gardening.
“We believe that this time, during the pandemic, is Canada’s sweet spot for gardens. A time when Canadians are discovering the joys of the gardening experience at a new level. Garden Days is your chance to celebrate the gardening experience with us!” Mark and Ben Cullen – National Spokespersons
Garden lovers already know the benefits of the garden, but there is also scientific evidence that shows gardening is good for the body and soul. This year Garden Days celebrates the healing power of gardens.
“Gardening helps us to slow down and learn to observe and operate at the Earth’s pace. We can drastically increase the therapeutic benefits in the garden by simply paying attention to our surroundings and slowing down enough to really observe the garden (and our own bodies).” Cheney Creamer, Chair, Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association
This year, via GardenDays.ca and our social media channels, Garden Days will introduce you to experts in the field of health and wellness, as well as Canadian gardening gurus, to reinforce and celebrate the important part that gardens play in our lives and our communities.
Garden Days 2020 is from June 13 to 21. This week-long celebration, including National Garden Day on Saturday, June 20, will encourage Canadians to spend time in their gardens or in public gardens and will emphasize the benefits of home gardening. Garden Days 2020 invites everyone to gather online using the hashtag #gardentime and #gardendayscanada, and share pictures of you and your family enjoying your garden. Prizes provided by Scotts, Canadian Tulip Festival, and My Garden Colours will be up for grabs. Visit GardenDays.ca for details.
Garden Days is a program from the Canadian Garden Council.
Garden Days 2020 is supported by Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Gardens British Columbia, and Quebec Gardens Association, and is sponsored by ZRB, Enterprise Canada, Scotts, and My Garden Colours. We also thank our spokespeople and our network of Champions for their participation.
Garden Days 2020 National Spokespersons
- Mark and Ben Cullen
- Mark Cullen – firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: (647) 220-0352
- Ben Cullen – email@example.com Cell: (647) 909-0352
For more information on the benefits of gardens and gardening on mental and physical health:
- Cheney Creamer Chair, Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sarah Shapiro Horticultural Therapist, The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre email@example.com
Garden Days 2020 Provincial Spokespeople: (contact info at gardendays.ca)
- Newfoundland – Todd Boland
- New Brunswick – Brad Henderson
- Nova Scotia – Neville MacKay
- Prince Edward Island – Garth Davey
- Quebec – Albert Mondor
- Ontario – Steven and Emma Biggs
- Manitoba – Colleen Zacharias
- Saskatchewan – Noelle Chorney
- Alberta – Jane Reksten
- British Columbia – Egan Davis
- Contact Michel Gauthier
- Executive Director of The Canadian Garden Council
- Phone: 613-301-4554