I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to visit public and private gardens in five of our Canadian provinces. I love gathering ideas for my own gardens and just being able to enjoy the variety of different styles, from the lush panoply of colour at the Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, to the artistic, avant-garde displays at Reford Gardens in Quebec.
For the last couple of years, I’ve been responsible for looking after the Canadian Garden Council’s social media accounts to help promote a coast-to-coast Canadian event called Garden Days. The idea of this three-day event, held each year over the Father’s Day weekend, is to promote our country’s beautiful gardens and garden experiences. Public gardens and garden event organizers can register their activities so that the general public can choose what they want to do over that weekend. There are all sorts of events to choose from, from local garden tours and demos to big events at botanical gardens.
The Garden Days website also includes a link to sign a petition that will be sent to politicians to officially recognize the Friday before Father’s Day as National Garden Day. And a contest aims to recognize Canada’s prettiest garden street, with lots of prizes up for grabs.
Garden Days has enlisted well-known gardeners to be provincial and national spokespeople to help promote the event. Niki happens to be the spokesperson for Nova Scotia. She will be participating in local events over that weekend, as well as helping to promote Garden Days.
What will you be doing to celebrate Garden Days? I will probably be gardening, but I will also see what’s happening in my city.
P.S. The main image at the top of the article is of the Japanese Garden at the Devonian Botanic Garden near Edmonton, Alberta. It’s a pretty spectacular place.