2012 Garden Tourism Award Winners

2012 Garden Tourism Award Winners

In the spirit of highlighting Canada and the world's most dynamic garden experiences and Garden Tourism's limitless potential, the Canadian Garden Tourism Council, in consultation with a Canadian and international jury network, is proud to announce the 2012 recipients of the Garden Tourism Awards.

The Awards were presented on April 13, 2012 at the Annual Canadian and International Garden Tourism Awards Luncheon sponsored by VIA Rail Canada and hosted by VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia.

CANADIAN GARDEN TOURISM AWARDS

1. Canadian Garden Tourism Garden of the Year:
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, BC
sponsored by Canadian Nursery Landscape Association

2. Canadian Garden Tourism Person of the Year:
Raymond Carriere, Communities in Bloom, QC
sponsored by Baxter Travel Media

3. Canadian Garden Tourism Festival of the Year:
Festival international de jardins, Jardin de Metis,
Grand-Metis, QC
sponsored by Canadian Tourism Commission

4. Canadian Garden Tourism Event of the Year:
Le Rendez-vous horticole, Montreal Botanical Garden, QC
sponsored by Canadian Tourism Commission

5. Canadian Garden Tourism Initiative of the Year:
Rooftop Garden, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, ON
sponsored by Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

6. Canadian Garden Tourism Promotion of the Year:
Downtown Gardens, Centre Eaton Montreal, Montreal, QC
sponsored by Baxter Travel Media

7. Canadian Garden Tourism Achievement of the Year:
Visitor Centre, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver BC
sponsored by Canadian Nursery Landscape Association

8. Canadian Garden Tourism Honourable Mention:
Butchart Gardens, Victoria BC

INTERNATIONAL GARDEN TOURISM AWARDS - sponsored by Air Canada

1. International Garden Tourism Garden of the Year:
Singapore Botanic Garden, Singapore

2. International Garden Tourism Event of the Year:
Ellerslie International Flower Show, Christchurch, NZ

3. International Garden Tourism Festival of the Year:
National Blossom Festival, Washington, DC

4. International Garden Tourism Person of the Year:
Piet de Vries, General Manager, Keukenhof, Lisse, the Netherlands

TOP FIVE NORTH AMERICAN GARDENS WORTH TRAVELLING FOR:

  1. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
  2. Descanso Gardens. La Canada Flintridge, California
  3. Ladew Topiary Gardens. Monkton, Maryland
  4. Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Niagara Falls, Ontario
  5. The High Line. New York, New York

Patrons of The Garden Tourism Awards are: Canadian Garden Tourism Council, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) and Garden Tourism Conference.

The Garden Tourism Awards are supported by: Ontario and BC Garden Tourism Coalitions, Associations des Grands Jardins du Quebec, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association (LO), Communities in Bloom, Jardins sans limites, Metz, France and the American Public Gardens Association.

The Garden Tourism Awards are sponsored by: VIA Rail Canada, Baxter Travel Media, Canadian Tourism Commission, CNLA, Air Canada and the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.

Canadian Garden Tourism Council
The Canadian Garden Tourism Council, founded in 2011, is the national umbrella body for provincial Garden Tourism Coalitions. Until it is incorporated, the Council operates as a committee of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA).

Garden Tourism Conference
The Garden Tourism Conference takes place every other year in Toronto, Canada. In recognition of the importance of Gardens and garden experiences as tourism generators, it is the opportunity to showcase best practices of both the Garden and Tourism industries in order to grow both sectors. The next Garden Tourism Conference will take place in Toronto on March 18 & 19, 2013 during Canada Blooms, Canada's largest, annual, flower and garden festival. For more information, visit: www.gardentourismconference.com

Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) is a national federation of nine provincial green industry associations representing over 3,600 members in the landscape horticulture, retail garden centre, and nursery (primary production) sectors. For more information, visit: www.canadanursery.com

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