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Protecting Tomorrow Today®


  • 16 Jun 2018
  • 24 Jun 2018
  • All Across Canada!


June 16 to 24, 2018

Garden Days  is Canada’s annual country-wide celebration of the vital role of gardens, gardening and green spaces in our communities and our lives. 

Opening with National Garden Day on Saturday, June 16, this nine-day program of activities and events is for gardening enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists alike. It’s an opportunity for Canadians to get outside to enjoy their own gardens, visit or take part in their favourite garden experiences, get inspired at their local garden centres or enjoy their neighbourhood public gardens and parks.

“While the physical activity of gardening makes for better living, the mere presence of gardens and public green spaces enhance Canadian lives everywhere,” says Garden Days national spokesperson Frankie Flowers. “Our public and private gardens, parks, natural spaces and green infrastructure are among the country’s great assets and now, finally, they are being celebrated in a meaningful and purposeful way during Garden Days.”

Join the celebration – register your activities, at no cost

All Canadian gardens, horticultural organizations, parks, nature trails and garden-related businesses are invited to organize activities or events – between June 16 and 24, inclusive – to celebrate Garden Days and register them, at no cost, on the Garden Days website. It’s as simple as visiting http://gardendays.ca/ and clicking on the ‘Register’ button.

Events and activities can be as simple or elaborate as you want them to be. Participating in Garden Days is a terrific way to foster greater public appreciation of parks, open spaces, playgrounds, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, outdoor exercise equipment, educational opportunities, nature walks, natural environments and the like.

Whether the activity be parks and nature related or something different like a garden tea party or jazz festival in a park, the purpose is the same: engage the community in the Garden Days celebration in a local park. All of these activities also support the OPA’s mission of Protecting Tomorrow Today®.

If you plan to hold more than one Garden Days activity at your location, be sure to list each activity separately on the site. It will increase your exposure and provide more specific information to site visitors.

Looking for Garden Days activity ideas? 

If you’re still not sure what you can do to participate in Garden Days, scroll through the archive of past activities from previous years on the ‘Activities’ page of the site. From elaborate to simple, wacky to wild, you’ll find all sorts of inspirational activities that you can adapt to make your own.

National support for Garden Days

In 2017 more than 300 activities from coast to coast to coast were registered on the site. With your participation, we’re hoping for more than 400 activities in 2018.

Garden Days is supported by a roster of renowned spokespeople. Nationally, Frankie Flowers is the English spokesperson and Larry Hodgson the French spokesperson. The superstar provincial spokespeople are: Brian Minter, BC; June Flanagan, AB; Colleen Zacharias, MB; Sean Janes, ON; Albert Mondor, QC; Niki Jabbour, Maritimes; and Todd Boland NL.

Additionally the Garden Days ‘Network of Champions’, of which Paul Ronan is the OPA  Champion, along with other industry luminaries help get the word out to their own networks.

Garden Days is also supported by vibrant social media, public relations and digital marketing programs.

Not to toot our own horn too loudly, but the 2017 Garden Days TwitterChat trended in Canada, just behind such notables as #bachelorette!

Quick links

Garden Days website:             http://gardendays.ca/

Facebook:                                Facebook.com/CanadianGardenCouncil       

Twitter:                                   @gardenscanada                    #GardenDaysCanada

Instagram:                               @CanadianGardenCouncil     #GardenDaysCanada

Canadian Garden Council:      http://gardencouncil.ca/

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Garden Days is organized by the Canadian Garden Council, with the support of: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Landscape Ontario, Gardens British Columbia, Garden Centres Canada, Communities in Bloom, Quebec Gardens’ Association, Compost Council of Canada, ParticipACTION, Nutrients for Life, Green Careers Canada, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Ontario Parks Association, Chimpanzee, Garden Making Magazine, Enterprise Canada, Savvy Gardening and ZRB.

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.

We look forward to your participation in Garden Days 2018!

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