Monday, June 17, 2024
Manitoba GardenerOntario GardenerPress Release



At the International Garden Tourism Conference, in the spirit of the conference  theme: “Seizing the Moment”, the recipients of the 2023 Garden Tourism Awards were announced on November 2, 2023.  

Gardens can be a significant component of a destination’s tourism offering! Over 25 million people travel annually in North America to see gardens, and the  global market of garden visitors exceeds 250 million. Research indicates that 46 per  cent of garden visits result in an overnight stay, and the demographic of garden  visitors includes all age cohorts. Destination British Columbia estimates the value of  garden tourism in the Province of British Columbia alone exceeds $300 million  annually. Latest research in the UK show that Garden Tourism generates almost £3  billion of economic impact. Gardens not only have a significant economic impact but  also enhance the tourist experience of a destination, while providing positive social and  health benefits. 

International Garden Tourism Awards

Garden Tourism Awards 

The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have  distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of garden experiences as  tourism attractions and motivators. The awards are proudly organized by the Canadian 

Garden Council with recipients being selected by a jury and sponsored by Enterprise  Canada. 

The 2023 Canadian Garden Tourism Award winners are . . .  

The Canadian Garden Council is honoured to announce the following award recipients: 

1. Garden of the Year 

The Leaf at Assiniboine Park, Manitoba 

2. Garden Destination of the Year 

Niagara Falls, Ontario 

3. Garden Tourism Person of the Year 

Wanda & Darren Heimbecker, Ontario 

4. Garden Tourism Media Person of the Year 

Jenny Rhodenizer, Ontario 


5. Garden Festival of the Year:  

International Garden Festival, Quebec 

6. Flower Festival of the Year:  

Canadian Tulip Festival, Ontario 

7. Garden Event of the Year 

Twilight Picnics, Alberta 

8. Destination Garden Centre of the Year 

Parkland Nurseries and Garden centre, Alberta 

9. Garden Media of the Year 

Canada’s Local Gardener, Manitoba 

10. Achievement of the Year 

Diwan Pavilion – Aga Khan Garden, Alberta 

Sponsored by: Enterprise Canada 

11. Lifetime Achievement 

Hélène Leclerc, Quebec 

12. Lifetime Achievement 

Ruby Swanson, Alberta 

13. Lifetime Achievement 

Harry Jongerden, Ontaria