Year of the Garden 2022 – January News

January 28, 2021

CANADIANS AGREE 2022 Should be Canada’s Year of the Garden!

The Canadian Garden Council knows there is strong support for the Year of the Garden 2022 (YOTG 2022) from the members of Canada’s Garden Family, but we wanted to know what Canadians think about it. We commissioned Nanos Research to survey Canadians to find out what they think of designating 2022 the Year of the Garden in celebration of Canada’s Horticulture Centennial.

The results are in and we are incredibly happy to inform you that 4 in 5 Canadians favor designating 2022 as the Year of the Garden. The support is strong from coast to coast and from all age groups. Only 4% of Canadians oppose and 4% somewhat oppose this designation.

This report also provides us with important information about Canadians’ intent to garden in 2021 and their understanding of the value of gardens and gardening.

It is our pleasure to preview the Nanos Year of the Garden 2022 research report with you today. 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

Four in five Canadians are in favor of designating 2022 as the Year of the Garden for the Centennial of the birth of Canada’s Horticulture industry.

– source: Nanos Research poll (November 2020)

Government Relations and Engagement

Alexander Reford, the President of the Canadian Garden Council, has made the request, on behalf of Canada’s Garden-Family, to the Prime Minister to officially designate 2022 as Canada’s Year of the Garden (view letter). This request has also been shared with the following Ministers:

  • the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Canadian Heritage
  • the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Economic Development and official languages
  • the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Environment and Climate Change
  • the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
  • the Honourable Mona Fortier, Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
  • the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Infrastructure and Communities,
  • the Honourable Marc Miller, Indigenous Services
  • the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Health

Our goal is to get an official designation in March, providing 9 months to continue planning for the launch of the YOTG 2022.

Members of Parliament

Close to 50 sitting members of parliament have received copies of some of the more than 100 letters of support we have received from members of the Garden-Family.

Thanks to former parliamentarians Dorothy Dobbie, (Conservative) and Francis Leblanc, (Liberal), all sitting parliamentarians have received a letter, signed by both of them plus former parliamentarians Ian Waddell, (NDP) and Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral (Bloc Québecois), informing them of the YOTG 2022 is a non-partisan initiative and asking for their support and for them to secure support from their respective parties for the designation of 2022 as Canada’s Year of the Garden.

Garden Family Engagement

The YOTG 2022 proposal has received wide support from Canada’s Garden-Family. It seems that everyone is excited and willing to engage and be part of celebrating who we are and what we do while contributing to the post COVID recovery.

Québec Vert supports the vision of the Year of The Garden and has agreed to join the YOTG 2022 initiative. Additionally, they have agreed to share their successful “Mettez du jardin dans votre vie” marketing campaign with the YOTG 2022 team so it can be adapted to “Put Some Garden in Your Life” for all of Canada.

Garden-Family Quotes of Support

“Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association is proud to support the Canadian Garden Council ‘s vision of naming 2022 as the Year of the Garden. This initiative will enhance awareness of the numerous careers responsible for designing, building and maintaining our celebrated green spaces across Canada.” – Sally Harvey CAE, CLM, CLT, Director of Education & Workforce Development, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association

“ We believe that a Year of the Garden 2022 will contribute to educate and inspire Canadians to engage with gardens, plants and nature therefore enhancing the health, quality of life, economic and positive environmental impact they provide.” – Ann Carrière for Bastiaan Arendse President Vanco Flowers Ltd – Prince Edward Island

“We look forward to celebrating the Year of the Garden 2022! The CHTA has a very dedicated group of members and thousands of followers across the globe who could add their support, as well as benefit from this initiative.” – Cheney Creamer, Chair, Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association – Canada

“Designating 2022 “Year of the Garden” is an exciting possibility for future tourism in Greater Victoria. Garden tourism is key selling proposition in Destination Greater Victoria’s marketing and branding …. As the visitor economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, initiatives such as “Year of the Garden” become important.” – Paul Nursey, CEO – Destination Greater Victoria – British Columbia

“Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) fully supports and endorses the planning of 2022 Year of the Garden as a nationwide celebration of Canada’s garden legacy and future…We look forward to working with other horticultural partners across the country in cultivating a stronger appreciation for gardens and inspiring future generations of stewards of the land through our shared experiences with the plants in our lives.” – Gerald Dieleman, Senior Director, Horticulture, Assiniboine Park Conservancy – Manitoba

“Because I am convinced of the capital importance of plants for the improvement of our environment and for the fight against climate change, I believe that this project will certainly contribute to improving the environmental record of our country, including the reduction of GHG emissions. ” – Albert Mondor, President, Les Jardins d’Albert inc. / Horticulture extrême – Québec

“The proposed plan for a 2022 Year of the Garden focus will help to build on this renewal interest in gardens and gardening, and provide some momentum for public gardens across Canada as we try to recover from the very dramatic, long term economic impact of the pandemic.” –  Trish Fry, Manager, Annapolis Royal Garden – Nova Scotia

“We believe that dedicating an entire year to collectively showcase all the benefits and virtues of gardening and visiting botanical gardens across the country can only be of benefit to all Canadians. The Daniel A. Seguin Garden plays an important role in ornamental, environmental and nurturing horticulture. The pandemic period made it clear to us! … When the time is right, the Daniel A. Seguin Garden will be more dynamic in promoting the Year of the Garden in 2022 through its digital platforms and other communication tools. ” – Nathalie Deschênes, President; Nancy Rossi, Executive Director, Jardin Daniel A Séguin – Québec

“ The University of Alberta Botanic Garden supports and endorses the 2022 Year of the Garden initiative. In recent years, Canadians have been intuitively turning towards the garden – whether through a tomato plant on the balcony, a corner in a community plot, or a day spent strolling the serene pathways of a public garden. The COVID-19 pandemic has only heightened our need for the respite, relaxation and well-being that gardens and gardening provide.” – Carl Charest, Interim Executive Director, University of Alberta Botanic Garden

“We hope that our societies will plan some special events during 2022 to honor the Year of the Garden….As the planning progresses, please keep us informed so we can pass along information onto our societies/clubs about this exciting initiative.” – Katharine Smyth, President, Ontario Horticultural Association

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! 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.

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Share your thoughts and ideas about Year of the Garden 2022 with us during this Development and Feasibility Phase

Corporate Engagement

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

View our proposal

Management

Thanks to the support of CNLA we now have a YOTG 2022 Business Plan.

We are now in the Development and Feasibility Phase of the Business Plan. The management team’s goal for this phase is to secure a government designation and funding and to be able to officially make an announcement in March 2021 that 2022 will be Canada’s Year of the Garden. Not only would this provide the horticulture sector a privileged platform nationally, but it would also position our sector internationally by being the first country in the world make such a designation.

Once the designation is granted, we will move to the planning and implementation phases of the YOTG 2022 Business Plan.

Click here to view the proposed organization structure, which we feel will permit the Garden-Family to provide leadership and input in the planning and implementation of the YOTG 2022.

We are also in conversation with Garden Centers Canada to determine the most effective way to manage the first “Put Some Garden in Your Life” campaign to ensure that it provides the best results possible for Canada’s Garden-Family and becomes a sustainable legacy of the YOTG 2022 for years to come.

What is Canada’s Garden Culture and Heritage?

Millions of Canadians of all ages from children to elders grow plants and vegetables, beautify their surroundings, improve their community, positively impact their health, and the environment by gardening and/or experiencing their garden and/or public gardens.

Gardens and gardening are part of our heritage. From the plant traditions of the First Nations, through the waves of immigration introducing us to new plants, to war time Victory Gardens, train station gardens, and historic gardens, to today’s backyard, balcony, rooftop and public gardens across our country, gardens and gardening have played a part in enhancing the quality of life in Canada.

Horticulture organized itself on a national basis in 1922 and today, it is a $14 billion economic impact annually and provides over 132,000 jobs across the country.

With the onset of the pandemic in 2020, many Canadians have discovered and turned to gardening as a way to cope with Covid-19 as a form of relaxation and personal enrichment.

The Canadian Garden Council sincerely believes that the Year of the Garden 2022 will be an important opportunity to celebrate the culture and heritage of Canada’s gardens and to capture the interest, especially of young people, and turn it into action, to buy, to plant, to experiment, and let the idea of “Put the garden in your life / Mettez du jardin dans votre vie” become a lifelong passion.

Learn more about the Year of the Garden 2022

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Year of the Garden 2022 Team