Garden Promenade, Ottawa-Gatineau’s New Garden Attraction marks the Launch of Garden Days across Canada

The Canadian Garden Council today announced the  2017 launch of Garden Days ushering in 10 days of national celebration that draw attention to Canada’s garden culture in both its public and private contexts, history, innovations and environmental stewardship.   Over 20 Garden Days activities are taking place in Ottawa with hundreds programmed across the country.

“Garden Days champions the garden experience sector’s contributions to the well-being of Canadians; the sustainability of our communities; and promotes the joys and benefits of gardens, gardening, urban and municipal landscapes as well as green infrastructure. In our role as the national umbrella body for provincial and national garden organizations, we are pleased to support a new garden attraction in our nation’s capital.  The Garden Promenade exemplifies how Canadian cities can leverage garden attractions for increased visitation, community well-being, and economic growth.”  — Michel Gauthier, Executive Director, Canadian Garden Council

At the morning event at the Global Centre for Pluralism’s new Forecourt Garden in Ottawa, the Council also launched Ottawa/Gatineau’s newest garden attraction the – Garden Promenade – connecting and promoting 40 gardens and over 70 different garden experiences in the Capital.

With garden visits being the 10th most frequent activity enjoyed by pleasure travellers not to mention its appeal for 66% of tour participants, who also are likely to take in the arts, heritage and culinary experiences, as well as Canada being cited as a highly-favoured garden experience destination by international visitors, it’s expected that these tourists along with local garden enthusiasts will make up the anticipated 200,000 visitors to the Garden Promenade in its first year.  The significant potential of garden attractions to draw tourists from near and far was underscored at the North American Garden Tourism Conference, held in Toronto last March, when Destination Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Garden Council to engage tourism-ready garden experiences and development of actions, tools and best practices to market Canada’s Garden Tourism offerings around the world.

“As the official gardener of the Capital, the National Capital Commission is proud to support the Garden Promenade, an excellent new way to experience the beautiful gardens, extensive green spaces and historic landscapes that are defining features of Canada’s Capital Region.”

—Dr. Mark Kristmanson, Chief Executive Officer, National Capital Commission

Ottawa-Gatineau’s Garden Promenade opens up diverse gardening experiences and three seasons of programming for tourists and residents alike including garden guide service, self-guided itineraries, walking and cycling routes, boat & hop-on-hop-off bus tour integration interspersed with high-profile events such as the just completed Tulips on the Garden Promenade (Canadian Tulip Festival, May 12-22); Garden Days (Ottawa, June 9 – 18); Garden-Party (July 22-23); Garden Photo-Fest  (August 19-20); Gardenlicious (Sept 22- 30); and Fall Rhapsody on the Garden Promenade (October).

Also featured on the Garden Promenade for 2017 are two flagship garden attractions: MosaiCanada, a living art installation at Jacques Cartier Park featuring a one-kilometre route of 40 different arrangements that combine sculpture, paint and horticulture as a means of creating living and changing artworks with plants. MosaiCanada takes place July 1st – October 9th.  Beyond The Edge Artist Gardens, a summer-long exhibition of ephemeral landscape art takes place June 18 to September 16, 2017 at the future Canadensis Botanical Garden site located at the Central Experimental Farm (Prince of Wales at Hartwells Locks Road).

A world of nature and beauty awaits those taking the Garden Promenade that encompasses Rideau Hall to the Central Experimental Farm to LeBreton Flats back to Sussex via Wellington or Gatineau and includes the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage site, numerous garden beds managed by the National Capital Commission, the pedestrian and bicycle pathways as well as historical landmarks and attractions. What an inspiring way to see Ottawa/Gatineau!

The Garden Promenade is a Canada 150 project led by the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with Gardens Ottawa.

Garden Promenade is supported by Landscape Ontario, Ontario 150, National Capital Commission, Tourism Outaouais, City of Gatineau as well as our hotel, restaurant and tourism partners as listed atgardenpromenade.ca

Garden Days is organized by the Canadian Garden Council with the support of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, AgriMarketing Canada, Landscape Ontario, Communities in Bloom, Québec Gardens Association, Gardens BC, Garden Ontario, Compost Council of Canada, ParticipACTION, Nutrients for Life, Agriculture in the Classroom and Leisure Information Network.  Garden Days is sponsored by Scotts.   Gardens Days Ottawa is supported by local organizations and sponsors.   A complete list is available at gardensottawa.ca

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