We are now moving into the Planning Phase of the Year of the Garden 2022. The next 7 months will be important to engage Garden-Family members with this unique celebration of horticulture, as we prepare to invite the public to celebrate the numerous benefits of gardens and gardening. Not everything is decided yet which is a good thing, but as you can expect things will go quickly, since our goal is to start the marketing campaign in the fall of 2021 leading up to the Year of the Garden 2022.
We want you to participate so we can promote you and the Canadians can easily Add Garden to Life.
We have created a first Year of the Garden 2022 Resource Guide to facilitate your engagement. Check it out!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or suggestions. Thank you to those that have!
If you have not yet expressed your support to your local Member of Parliament, please do it now, asking for an official designation of the Year of the Garden 2022 and cc the Canadian Garden Council. Click for a sample letter.
We are still getting letters of support. More quotes from these letters:
“What is particularly important to us is that the Canadian Garden Council is committed to celebrating the contribution that gardens and gardening have made to the development of Canada and these cities, and to the lives of Canadians, in terms of health, quality of life, inclusiveness and environmental challenges.”
Tim Briercliffe – Secretary General, International Association Horticulture Producers (AIPH)
Ron van der Ploeg – Chief Editor, Flora Culture International (FCI)
“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. The Year of the Garden 2022 would be a vital community catalyst for greater learning, exploration, and connection for Canadians of all ages supporting our organizations’ mission.”
Lawrence Spencer, Treasurer, Fall River Garden Club
“Gardens and gardening bring people together, foster community development, build healthy lifestyle habits, and help further our awareness of the environmental challenge we face and provide a nature-based solution to climate action. There is a need to educate and inspire Canadians, especially children to include gardening and gardens in their lives. It is important to celebrate the centennial of Canada’s horticulture sector which has and continues to contribute to the development of Canada and our values.
As a member of the Yarmouth Garden Club, we ask that you urge the Federal Government to endorse and support this initiative and officially recognize 2022 as Canada’s Year of the Garden for the benefit of Canadians and Canada.”
Sheila Lewis, president, Yarmouth Garden Club
“Designating 2022 as “the Year of the Garden” presents an excellent opportunity to promote an activity widely accepted as improving mental and physical fitness while supporting the growth of Canada’s ornamental horticulture sector – a vast and growing contributor to Canada’s economic stability.
Canada’s ornamental farmers, gardeners, and the general public all stand to benefit from designating 2022 as the year of the garden. We strongly endorse the year of the garden initiative and encourage the Canadian Government to officially declare 2022 the Year of the Garden.”
Andrew Kuyvenhoven, President, Flowers Canada Growers
“On behalf of the Manitoba Horticultural Association, 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 an appreciation of gardens and plants been more apparent than during these unprecedented times of COVID pandemic.”
Hugh W. Skinner, President, Manitoba Horticultural Association
“This last year of COVID has seen an increased interest in gardening, as people stick closer to home and become aware of the advantage of food security. They have also gained personal enjoyment and satisfaction in the process of beautifying their gardens. In proclaiming 2022 the Year of the Garden in Canada, we can build on that energy and hopefully establish a movement of gardening which is sustainable into the future.”
Bernadette Vangool, Treasurer Saskatchewan Perennial Society