What is The Year of the Garden 2022?

From January 1 to December 31, 2022, The Year of the Garden 2022, a Centennial Celebration of our horticulture sector, will commemorate Canada’s rich garden heritage, celebrate today’s vibrant garden culture, and create important legacies for a sustainable future.

Planning is already underway for a year of exciting Live the Garden Life activities, celebrations, special events and promotions that will take place in communities, schools, businesses, public gardens, and backyard gardens in all parts of Canada.

Join the Celebration. It will be easy to sign up your garden as a Year of the Garden Celebration Garden

Learn from experts in the field. Canada’s Garden-Family – thousands of plant growers, product manufacturers, retailers, landscape service providers, garden clubs, public gardens and affiliated businesses – will be sharing their knowledge and expertise to help you plant a garden in your life.

Take advantage of special promotions and events that will be offered by local Garden Family members to help you with garden projects during the Year of the Garden 2022.

Be inspired by garden experiences found in public gardens across Canada. View landscapes that represent different regions, climate zones, and purposes, for fun, and to help you plan your own backyard garden sanctuary.

Be amazed and inspired by beautiful examples of private landscape excellence designed, installed and maintained by Canadian landscape professionals.

Check out the Year of the Garden Calendar, a dynamic document that will keep you updated on what’s happening when, where and how to connect.

Learn about Garden Traditions such as the First Nations’ knowledge of living in harmony with plants and nature, early “European-style” gardens and their importance at historic sites like Annapolis Royal and Québec City, and fascinating garden traditions introduced by immigrants from around the world.

Discover Canadian Garden Moments. Important personalities and their achievements have helped to shape today’s rich Canadian garden culture and why horticulture heritage matters.

Plant a Garden in Every School is an important learning opportunity for every child, and for future generations. Get the kit and learn about the many programs available to help schools plant, grow and maintain sustainable gardens.

Share and learn by becoming a member of a garden organization. Find out what garden clubs, horticulture societies and others are doing in your neighbourhood, and discover the fun of sharing your passion for gardens and learning from others.

Lend a hand to transform where you live by taking part in volunteer opportunities in your community to help with community gardens, and enhancement of your community with plants and gardens.

Recognize a Garden Hero. Every community has a special person who inspires and leads volunteers in planting a love of gardens and gardening. Why not recognize their passion and hard work by nominating them as a Year of the Garden 2022 Canadian Garden Hero?

Find Work Opportunities. Canada’s Garden Family is seeking people interested in a satisfying and prosperous career in the horticulture industry.

Learn How to Make the Future Environment Friendly. Gardens are one of the most effective ways for Canadians to individually impact climate change. Find out about how planting shade trees, rain gardens, green roofs, and food gardens can make a sustainable difference.

Get a Garden Prescription. Discover the many benefits of plants and gardening can have on your health and well being.

It’s not too soon to begin thinking about how you might Plant A Garden / Put Some Garden in Your Life during the Year of the Garden 2022 at home, work, school, or club, in your community, or even on while on vacation!

Encourage your municipality to Proclaim 2022 as the Year of the Garden. Download the Invitation and a proclamation template to forward to your councillor or the Mayor, and Ideas to Engage Your Municipality, here: Year of the Garden 2022 – Invitation to Municipalities.pdf, Template – Municipal Proclamation of 2022 as Year of the Garden.docx

How will you Celebrate the Year of the Garden?

Keep an eye on this website to follow the development of the Year of the Garden 2022 and celebration opportunities.

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Commemorating our Garden Heritage

From the First Nations that lived in harmony with natural gardens, through the first historic gardens in Annapolis Royale, Nova Scotia, to the founding of Quebec City, and to the waves of immigrants bringing their garden traditions, our garden heritage is firmly rooted in Canadian reality.

It was not until 1922 that the Canadian horticulture and landscape industry officially took shape, thus fostering the development of Canada’s garden culture which we are commemorating with the Year of the Garden 2022.

Celebrating Our Garden Culture

The Canadian Garden Council will work with Canada’s Garden Family to offer Canadians an exciting Year of the Garden 2022 program to celebrate our contemporary garden culture. This will be done by labeling existing activities and promotions, and through new initiatives to engage Canadians and inspire future generations.

The scope of the Year of the Garden 2022 program is nationwide: indoors or out. Garden related celebrations and activities will take place in homes, communities, schools, businesses, public gardens, garden centres and at special events, all year long.

Every initiative – local, provincial or federal – will benefit from the critical mass of public awareness, promotion and motivation generated by the umbrella Year of the Garden 2022 marketing program.

Creating a Legacy

The Year of the Garden 2022 will educate Canadians of all ages about the vital role gardens play in growing future quality of life through fun and educational engagement.

Canada’s Garden-Family recognizes the benefits our products, services, activities and spaces provide to society. We know the important contributions that gardens make to fight climate change, provide healthy sources of food, impart significant health and well-being benefits, drive economic growth, and encourage social interactions and joy.

Now, as we plan for the future post Covid-19, the Year of the Garden 2022 is a unique opportunity to establish legacy projects and standards to further demonstrate to Canadians the importance gardens have in their quality of life, and the sustainable development of Canada.

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“….and into the garden I go to lose my mind and find my soul!”

- Adapted from John Muir