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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

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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