March 19, 2013
Victoria, BC - The Butchart Gardens has added another "top" listing to its recent honours with the announcement of being placed on the "Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For" when the Garden Tourism Awards were presented today at the Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto. The conference organizers, the Canadian Garden Tourism Council, in consultation with a Canadian and international jury network selected the 2013 winners. Dave Cowen, general manager of The Butchart Gardens won a Canadian Garden tourism award as Person of the Year for his work on behalf of the BC Garden Tourism Society and The Butchart Gardens.
In mid-March Condé Nast Traveler carried a story "The World's Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens" in which The Butchart Gardens was included as one of "14 stunning botanical gardens around the world." Others in the top fourteen also included Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town (South Africa), the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (Australia) and Kew Gardens, London (England). http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2013/03/photos-spring-botanic-gardens-arboretums?mbid=facebook_#/slide=5
At the end of February CNN Travel carried the story "What a Wonderful World - 12 fabulous gardens" which included The Butchart Gardens in a list including Monet Garden in Giverny (France), Peterhof Palace Garden in St. Petersburg (Russia) and Royal Botanic Garden in London (England). http://travel.cnn.com/12-fabulous-gardens-082376