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Canada’s Celebration of Gardens

June 2017

Kicked off with National Garden Day, always the Friday before Father’s Day, Garden Days is a three-day celebration that takes place over the Father’s Day weekend. The program’s objective is to draw attention to our cultural garden landscape, history and innovations and to underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the values of home gardening and the promotion of environmental stewardship.

Register your Garden Days Activity or Promotion

To celebrate Garden Days  we invite you to organize something special at your Garden, Garden Centre or in your community. It could be as simple as free or reduced-price admission to your garden, a 15% discount in your shop or garden centre, a complimentary cup of coffee at your Café, or a special event you’d like to hold over the Father’s Day weekend – it’s entirely up to you.

Whatever you decide to do, we invite you to register your activity on It’s as simple as clicking on the ‘Register Your Activity’ button and inputting your Garden Days activity information. Please do so as soon as possible as the first of four media releases about Garden Days will be distributed to national media on May 5.

As soon as you register your activity, we’ll send you the Garden Days Official Activity logo, which you can use in promotions of your activity.

Program of Activities

There will be Garden Days activities and events held across the country in celebration of Canada’s National Garden Day.

This three-day program of activities and events targets gardening enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists alike. Garden Days is an opportunity for Canadians to get outside in their own garden, visit their favourite public garden, stop in at their local garden centre or travel to a nearby garden destination to enjoy their favorite experience.

The program of activities and events will be featured on /

Marketing and Communications

Garden Days will be supported by a vibrant national Public Relations campaign managed by Enterprise Canada, and Social Media campaign managed by Tara Nolan of the Canadian Garden Council. Please take every opportunity to connect your Garden Days activity to our Social Media outreach at / CanadianGardenCouncil and Twitter @CanadasGardens. It will reap benefits for us all.


Canada’s Garden Street Contest- Sponsored by Home Hardware
We want to know all about Canada’s most outstanding Garden Street. The public will be invited to visit the website to enter the contest and tell us how gardens, be they public or private, contribute to the quality of life and the aesthetic of their street and neighbourhood. The prize: $1,000 worth of Mark’s Choice Lawn and Garden Products from Home Hardware and the ‘bragging rights’ of being named Canada’s Garden Street for 2015.

Contest closes at midnight, June 15, 2015. Winner will be announced via a nationally distributed media release and on the website on National Garden Day, June 19, 2015.

The Canada’s Garden Street Contest is sponsored by Home Hardware and supported by Communities in Bloom.

Municipal Garden Proclamations
In collaboration with Communities in Bloom, cities across the country will be invited to implement their own Official Garden Day Proclamation.

Be sure to connect with your provincial spokesperson to let them know all about your Garden Days activity. You can do this by visiting the home page of and clicking on the name of your provincial spokesperson.

Garden Days is a joyful country-wide celebration of the vital role that gardens and gardening play in our communities and our lives.

We hope you’ll get involved!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Carol Cowan
Director of Operations & Marketing
Canadian Garden Council
Ph: 416-929-1066     email:

Garden Days is organized by:
Canadian Garden Council

Supported by:
Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and all its provincial members 
Communities in Bloom
BC Garden Tourism Coalition
Ontario Garden Tourism Coalition
Quebec Garden Association