The Butchart Chronicles : March 4, 2015


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We are excited to be attending the 2015 North American Garden Tourism Conference which takes place on March 16, 17 & 18 at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto, ON during Canada Blooms, Canada’s largest annual flower and garden festival.

The theme of this year's conference, Gardens & Tourism: Making a Difference – will bring together recognised experts and Garden Tourism professionals from around the world, including keynote speaker and world recognised garden tourism expert, Dr. Richard W. Benfield, Professor of Geography, Central Connecticut State University, USA; Chair, International Garden Tourism NetworkDr. Benfield's keynote will focus on:  How Gardens are Making a Difference in the World of Tourism and is the author of the widely acclaimed and first book of its kind, Garden Tourism

The first two days of the conference will be devoted to hearing and learning about the cutting edge efforts of gardens around the world, Garden Tourism strategy and case studies.  Dave Cowen of The Gardens will speak about the latest on British Columbia's New Garden Tourism Development Strategy. Takano Fumiaki, Director of the Hokkaido Garden Show Daisetsu 2015 (short video) will talk about the importance of Making a Garden Tourism Difference in JapanKaty Moss Warner, President Emeritus, American Horticultural Society; Vice President, America In Bloom Board of Directors, USA will talk about Making a Difference with the Disney Garden Experience. These are but a few examples of a great conference to which we are honoured to be a part. Day three of the Conference – Wednesday, March 18 – includes three optional, not-to-be missed events. A morning Garden Tourism Readiness Workshop, an afternoon Garden Days Workshop and a choice of either a morning or afternoon Backstage at Canada Blooms Tour. See the full Garden Tourism Conference agenda.

Take a quick look at this video of the first North American Garden Tourism Conference (2011) with commentary from organisers and participants.  So many positive things have happened since then - we are to hear about some of those efforts and successes - learning for all in the Garden Tourism sector, here and around the world.

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