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Canada Celebrates Garden Days!

20170609A ENG.jpgJune 9 to 18, 2017

Canadian gardeners: did you know that Canada celebrates you, starting today? You see, Garden Days is Canada’s fun-filled celebration of our National Garden Day, Friday, June 16th,  held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.

In response to popular demand, since last year Garden Days has grown from a 3-day event to a ten-day event. This year’s dates are from June 9 to 18, inclusive.

The Garden Days program of activities and events is an opportunity for all Canadians to get outside to enjoy their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at their local garden centre or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their best-loved public garden.

National Launch Event

The garden at the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa.

The 2017 launch of Garden Days will take place on Friday, June 9th at the Global Centre for Pluralism’s new garden in Ottawa.  This event will also be the opening day of Ottawa/Gatineau’s newest garden attraction – The Garden Promenade –  connecting and collectively promoting 40 gardens and over 70 different garden experiences, the Global Centre for Pluralism’s new garden being one of them.

Garden Days Activities Across the Country

There are hundreds of fun activities planned from one end of the country to the other, all celebrating the role of gardens in our communities and our lives. To find an activity near you, visit

The objective of Garden Days is to draw attention to Canada’s garden culture, history and innovations and to underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the values of home gardening and the promotion of environmental stewardship.

Above all, the aim of this program is to have some great outdoor fun and celebrate the role of gardens and gardening in our communities and our lives.

Follow Garden Days’ social media accounts for the latest news and updates: #GardenDaysCanada #GardenDaysCanada

I’ll be participating in Garden Days. I hope you will too!

Garden Days is organized by the Canadian Garden Council with the support of Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Landscape Ontario, Communities in Bloom, Québec Gardens Association, Gardens BC, Ontario Garden Council, Compost Council of Canada, ParticipACTION, Nutrients for Life, Agriculture in the Classroom and Leisure Information Network.  Garden Days is sponsored by Scotts.20170609A ENG

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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