Canadian Garden
Council Membership

Being a member of the Canadian Garden Council means:

  • Fostering the development of Canada’s Garden Culture

    Working together to enable full recognition of the values and benefits garden experiences deliver for Canadians and the communities in which they live.

  • Preferred Consideration

    Preferred consideration for your garden experience vis-à-vis all Council promotions and activities.

  • Networking

    Tapping into a network of like-minded colleagues, allowing conversation between industry professionals about best practices, tips, innovations, emerging trends and all garden experience-related questions.

  • Connecting with the Horticulture Industry

    Being part of the Council is being connected to horticulture industry suppliers and leaders facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships leading to development and growth.

  • Professional Development

    Education and networking opportunities to improve your garden experience management skills by attending Conferences, such as the biennial Garden Tourism Conference, and workshops providing access to information and latest research on the garden experience sector on a national and international basis.

  • Connecting with Associated industries

    Being part of the Council is being connected to associated industry suppliers and leaders facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships leading to development and growth.

  • Being Recognized

    Recognition through the Council’s various promotions and awards programs.

  • Staying Connected and Plugged in

    Ongoing communications through the Council’s quarterly E-News, special news announcements and social media to keep you up-to-date with the latest garden experience sector developments and best practices throughout Canada and on a worldwide basis.

  • Industry Advocacy

    Ensuring representation of your interests with the federal government and various national organisations for the purpose of creating the most supportive policies, programs and activities possible for the development and growth of your garden experience and the sector.

  • Valuable Promotion and Visibility

    Promoting your garden experience through partnerships with the tourism industry and their marketing organisations, including the Canadian Tourism Commission and other relevant industry associations.

Membership Benefits:
  • Existing Benefits for Garden Experience Members

    • Networking and professional development opportunities.
    • Listing on Canada’s Garden Route in ‘Featured’ category with strategic web positioning, more descriptive words and more images.
    • Discounted rates for advertising
    • Discounted rates on Garden Tourism Conference registration.
    • Complimentary participation in Garden Days.
    • Participation in Council activities and governance.
    • New partnership benefits that will be presented during the term of membership.
    • Access to benefits for all of your staff
  • Existing Benefits for Associate Members

    • Networking and professional development opportunities.
    • Discounted rates for advertising
    • Discounted rates on Garden Tourism Conference registration.
    • Complimentary participation in Garden Days.
    • Participation in Council activities
    • New partnership benefits that will be presented during the term of membership.
    • Access to benefits for all of your staff
Membership Categories and Costs
Opportunity #1
  • Canadian Garden Council Garden Experience Membership:

    • Gardens/Festivals (6 employees or more) $450
    • Garden Networks & Trails (7 Experiences or less) $450
    • Gardens/Festivals (5 employees or less) $250
    • Garden Networks & Trails (7 Experiences or less) $250
    • Gardens/garden Festivals (volunteer managed) $100

    Membership includes:

    • Discount for positioning on Canada’s Garden Route
    • Discount on registration to the Garden Tourism Conference
  • Associate Members: $400

    • Garden/Gardening and Horticultural Associations, Clubs and Organizations
    • National Tourism and Other Industry Organizations
    • Provincial/Regional Tourism & Other Industry Organizations
    • Institutions: Municipalities, Education, Environment
Opportunity #2
  • Canada’s Garden Route Opportunity:

    Destination Garden Centres/ Destination Garden Communities: $500

      • Destination Garden Centres
      • Destination Garden Communities (Communities in Bloom, Fleurons, Proclamation Municipalities)
  • Garden Networks/Trails

    Canadian Garden Council Member

      • List up to 7 Garden Experiences $400
      • List 8+ Garden Experiences $800

    Non-Council Member

      • List up to 7 Garden Experiences $500
      • List 8+ Garden Experiences $1000
  • Destination Garden Centres $500

  • Garden Destination Communities

    • Communities in Bloom, Fleurons du Québec Communities $300
    • Garden-Friendly Municipality $500
Opportunity #3
  • Live the Garden Life ‘Promotional Garden Partner’ Opportunity

    • Gardens/Festivals (6 employees or more) $5,000
    • Garden Networks & Trails (7 Experiences or more)
    • Gardens/Festivals (5 employees or less) $2,500
    • Garden Networks & Trails (7 Experiences or less)

    Includes:

    • Canada’s Garden Route, Membership and Advertising
    • Social Media presence
    • 1 ‘Promotional Garden Partner’ post shared / 2 week
    • 1 Live the Garden Life post shared with Promotional Garden Partner/week
    • Live the Garden Life will follow Promotional Partner social media platforms
    • Use of ‘Live the Garden Life Promotional Garden Partner’ logo
    • Recognition on our dedicated ‘Promotional Partner’ page on Live the Garden Life website
    • Logo/Name of garden
    • Link to website
    • ‘Promotional Garden Partner’ Live the Garden Life Official Certificate

Need more info, please contact us at membership@gardencouncil.ca

Canadian Garden Council Board of Directors

 

Executive

Chair: Alexander Reford, Jardins de Métis, Québec Gardens Association
Vice-Chair: vacant
Treasurer: Harry Jongerden, Garden Consultant
Secretary: Gerald Dieleman, Assiniboine Park Conservancy
Member at Large: Trish Fry, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens

Management

Michel Gauthier, Executive Director
Vivian Shum, Garden-Family Manager
Brent Gavin, Partnerships Manager

Board Members

B.C.: vacant
Alberta: Kerry Mulholland, Alberta University Botanic Garden
Saskatchewan: vacant
Manitoba: Gerald Dieleman, Assiniboine Park Conservancy
Ontario: Harry Jongerden, Garden Consultant; Charles Hunter, Niagara Parks Commission, ex-officio member
Québec: Alexander Reford, Jardins de Métis, Québec Gardens Association
New Brunswick: Sierra Reibling, Kingsbrae Garden,
Nova Scotia: Trish Fry, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens,
PEI: Wayne Long, City of Charlottetown
Nfld. & Labrador: Kim Shipp, MUN Botanical Garden

STAY CONNECTED AND SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES

#LiveTheGardenLife

Get Gardens Canada news, events and more straight to your inbox!
GARDENS CANADA PARTNERS & SPONSORS