March 17, 2015
Victoria, BC - We are pleased to announce The Butchart Gardens has been chosen the recipient of two Canadian Garden Tourism Awards for 2015 at the North American Garden Tourism Conference: Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For and Website of the Year.
Tourism is the world’s fourth largest industry, Garden Tourism is a significant part of it. “For example,” says Dr. Richard Benfield, author of ‘Garden Tourism’, and chair of the International Garden Tourism Network, “more people visit gardens in the United States than go to Disneyland and Disneyworld combined, and more than visit Las Vegas annually, making Garden Tourism one of the largest sectors in the tourism market.”
The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to gardens that have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction. Now presented annually, the inaugural Garden Tourism Awards were bestowed at the 2011 North American Garden Tourism Conference held in Toronto, Canada. Complete list of 2015 Canadian Garden Tourism Award winners.
In the spirit of highlighting North America’s most dynamic garden experiences and Garden Tourism’s limitless potential, in consultation with a North American jury, the North American Garden Tourism Conference announced the 2015 recipients of the ‘Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For’ Garden Tourism Awards today.
TOP 10 NORTH AMERICAN GARDENS WORTH TRAVELLING FOR (in alphabetical order)
1. The Butchart Gardens. Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
2. Chanticleer Garden. Wayne, Pennsylvania
3. Denver Botanic Gardens. Denver, Colorado
4. Desert Botanical Garden. Phoenix, Arizona
5. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Miami, Florida
6. Huntington Botanical Gardens. San Marino, California
7. Jardin Botanico de Culiacan. Culiacan, Mexico
8. Longwood Gardens. Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
9. Montréal Botanical Garden. Montréal, Québec
10. Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
For more detailed information on The Butchart Gardens' website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/files/5314/2661/3930/The_Butchart_Gardens_Website.pdf
(Top photo: Presenting the award are (left) Casey Sclar, Executive Director, American Public Gardens Association and (right) The Honourable Peter Kent, Member of Parliament. (middle) Rick Los, Director of Horticulture, The Butchart Gardens.)
Additional photos: Presenting the Website of the Year award are (left) Alexander Reford, Chair, Canadian Garden Council, (centre) Bill Hardy, President, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and (right) The Honourable Peter Kent, Member of Parliament. Rick Los, Director of Horticulture, The Butchart Gardens accepted the award.
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