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Let’s Make 2022 Canada’s Year of the Garden

Here is some information about a project close to my heart: making 2022 the Year of the Garden in Canada. 

Here’s what the project is about:

What is The Year of the Garden 2022?

The Year of the Garden 2022 will invite Canadians from coast to coast to commemorate Canada’s garden heritage, celebrate the culture of gardens and gardening today, and create an important legacy for a sustainable future.

Garden-related celebrations and activities will take place in communities, homes, schools, businesses, public gardens, garden centres, and at special events during the Year of the Garden 2022.

2022, Canada’s horticulture landscape industry’s centennial year, will provide many opportunities to learn about our garden heritage, such as Canada’s first European garden in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, then Québec City, garden traditions introduced by immigrants, the First Nations knowledge of living in harmony with plants and nature, and important achievements that helped to create today’s rich garden culture.

Canadian’s passion for gardening has never been more evident than during the Covid-19 pandemic as families sheltered at home and turned their yards into practical and beautiful garden sanctuaries. The Year of the Garden 2022 will be an opportunity for Canadians of all ages to learn more about growing, enjoying and experiencing gardens and all of the tremendous benefits they provide.

The legacy of the Year of the Garden 2022 will be an improved quality of life for Canadians through sustainable development to fight climate change, impart significant health and well-being benefits, and drive economic growth.

We will be the first country to celebrate a Year of the Garden!

More About the Year of the Garden 2022

What follows is a recent press release I recently received:

NANOS Research tells us that: 
31% of Canadians between the age of 18 and 34 expect to spend more time gardening in 2021 than in 2020 

Call to Action for Canadian Gardeners

If you believe the Year of the Garden 2022 is a good thing for Canadians, please express your support to your Member of Parliament for an official designation of 2022 as Canada’s Year of the Garden.

Contact you Federal MP today!!!

Meeting with the Ministers

We have filed meeting requests with three Ministers to present the Year of the Garden 2022 and see how we can collaborate to ensure true success for Canada’s Garden-Family. 

Support Keeps Coming 

We keep receiving letters. We are happy to share them with you and along with some quotes from them. We have also received an endorsement from the Bloc Québecois caucus.

A New Founding Partner 
Happy to inform Garden-Family members that Proven Winners has joined the Year of the Garden 2022 as a Founding Partner.

Hope is Growing

Before we get to 2022, there is 2021. Canadian Garden Council encourages you to accept Communities in Bloom’s invitation to plant a Hope Garden featuring yellow, the international colour of hope, in 2021 under the theme Hope is Growing. These very special gardens will set the stage for the Year of the Garden 2022.

The Canadian Garden Council is sending you this press release with a link to the website to keep you informed about the significant progress that has already been made during the Development and Feasibility Phase—including over 100 letters of support from Garden Family membersand a preview of exciting next steps.


Best regards,

Michel Gauthier
Executive Director, 
Canadian Garden Council 
613 301 4554

So, there it is. The goal is to make 2022 the Year of the Garden in Canada. And you can help by writing to your Member of Parliament to show your support for the project.

Here is a sample letter.

I fully support this project. What about you?

Larry Hodgson
The Laidback Gardener

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.

1 comment on “Let’s Make 2022 Canada’s Year of the Garden

  1. I was thinking of moving to Annapolis Royal a few years back and one of the main draws was the botanical garden there. The move didn’t work out, but I’d still love to visit that garden.

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