Canadian Garden Heroes

Let’s celebrate the Canadians who stand out in the Canadian gardening community

The Year of the Garden 2022 provides us with an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many dedicated and inspiring individuals who, through their leadership, are improving the culture of gardening in their communities.

The gardening community is fortunate to have members who are not just gardening enthusiasts, but people who nurture the community spirit and pass on their knowledge and passion.

This program also highlights the valuable work that gardening organizations across the country do in their communities. Now is the time to choose your Garden Hero and allow your community and the country to honor them.

Celebration Garden
Selection and submission of the application

We invite you to choose YOUR Garden Hero. Any society, organization or association, any club, garden, gardening or horticultural committee or any group of volunteers and any “garden-friendly” non-profit gardening organization in the country (hereinafter referred to as “garden organization ”) can choose ONE Garden Hero. You are completely free to choose whoever you want. Your Garden Hero will be recognized by the Year of the Garden 2022 as a member of the Garden Heroes of Canada.

Garden organizations are asked to register their Hero on the Year of the Garden 2022 website.

Celebrating Canada’s Garden Heroes

Garden Heroes will receive a digital certificate of recognition as Canada’s Garden Heroes of the Year of the Garden 2022.

The names of the Garden Heroes will be listed on the Year of the Garden 2022 website.

We invite gardening organizations to celebrate their Garden Hero at an appropriate time.

We also invite you to contact your municipality, especially if it has proclaimed 2022 the Year of the Garden, to propose that the mayor or the municipal council celebrate all the Garden Heroes in your municipality.

We know that our gardening culture depends on the leadership of our members and volunteers, so let’s celebrate them!

Please find below some guidelines to help you select your Garden Hero for The Year of the Garden

This could be someone who has been active in your gardening organization for at least a year and stands out in any of the following ways:

  • demonstrates exceptional leadership in furthering the mission, goals and objectives of your garden organization.
  • makes an outstanding contribution to a project or activity.
  • plays an instrumental role in the development and growth of your gardening organization.
  • contributes to the development of the gardening culture of the community.
  • illustrates the mission of the gardening organization within the community.

2022 Garden Heroes of Canada

    • Hanna Garvey,
       West Ritchie Community Gardens,
    • Joan Altenhof,
       Calgary Rose Society,
    • Karen Begg,
       Twin Views Communal Garden Calgary, Alberta,
    • Kath Smyth,
       Calgary Horticultural Society,
    • Lenore Roberson,
       Pincher planters,
       Pincher Creek
    • Ogbay Gaim,
       FRESH Starts Newcomer Garden,
    • Abkhazi Garden Volunteer Team,
       Abkhazi Garden,
    • Anna-Marg Hiebert,
       Sicamous Communities in Bloom,
    • Anne Marie Bowen,
       Filberg Heritage Lodge,
    • Barbara Wahl,
       Friends of the Garden Society (FOGS). Park and Tilford Gardens,
       North Vancouver
    • Carmen Goddard,
       Strathcona Community Garden East Vancouver,
    • Darlene Berry,
       Comox Valley Horticultural Society,
    • Diane Pierce,
       Victoria Horticultural Society,
    • Douglas Justice,
       Friends of UBC Botanical Garden,
    • Mary Browne-Clayton,
    • Sahasi Erven,
       Flag of Flowers,
    • Suzan Essiembre,
       Butterflyway Garden-Sechelt,
    • Asta Johannesson,
       South Interlake Garden Club & Stonewall Communities in Bloom,
    • Karen Hall-Middleton,
       Petitcodiac Area Garden Club,
    • David “Dave” Rex,
       Stephenville Lions Club,
    • Dawn Weathaver,
       Pictou and Area Garden Club,
    • Erle Barrett,
       Stephenville Lions Club,
    • Myra Maynard,
       Torbay Hillside Garden,
    • Denise VanWychen,
       Thoughtful Food Project,
    • Sherry Johnson,
       Fall River Garden Club,
       Fall River
    • Ann Finlayson,
       Ripley and District Horticultural Society,
    • Anne Cranston,
       Bruce Station Horticultural Society,
       Township of Plummer Additional
    • Anne Harbord,
       District 2, Ontario Horticultural Association,
    • Anne Stone,
       Lakefield & District Horticultural Society,
    • Arlene Rowe,
       Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society,
    • Astrid Guntensperger,
       Seaforth & District Horticultural Society,
       Huron East
    • Astrid Sobkowicz,
       Fort Frances Horticultural Society,
       Fort Frances
    • Barbara Downey,
       Nobleton & King City Garden Club,
       King City
    • Bev Hutton,
       Brantford Garden Club,
    • Bob Tyson,
       Durham and District Horticultural Society,
       West Grey
    • Bob Wildfong,
       Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village,
    • Bobbie Bennett,
       Caledon Horticultural Society,
    • Brian and Linda Blamire,
       Waterloo Horticultural Society,
       Waterloo Region
    • Carley Agnew,
       Queenston Residents' Association,
    • Carol Bailey,
       Orono Horticultural Society,
    • Carole Spraggett,
       Brampton Hort,
    • Caroline Smith,
       Stirling and District Horticultural Society,
    • Catherine McGill,
       Ontario Horticultural Association,
    • Charlie Wright,
       Leamington Horticultural Soceity,
    • Charmaine Hunter,
       East Gwillimbury Garden and Horticultural Society (EG Gardeners),
    • Cheryl Penner,
       Agincourt garden club,
       Toronto Scarborough
    • Colette MacTavish,
       Mount Forest Horticultural Society,
       Wellington County
    • Dan Roy,
       Kincardine and District Horticultural Society,
    • Danielle Laurier,
       Brockville & District Horticultural Society,
    • David Hinks,
       Almonte & District Horticultural Society,
       Mississippi Mills
    • David Livett,
       Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum,
    • Deb Phil,
       Kirkton Horticultural Society,
    • Debora Marshall,
       Huntsville Horticulture Society,
    • Debra Bellevue,
       Smiths Falls Horticultural Society,
       Smiths Falls
    • Don Wick,
       Brooklin-Whitby Garden Club,
    • Donna Hussey,
       Delhi and District Horticultural Society,
    • Donna Lewis,
       Garden Aurora,
    • Donna Matier,
       Wheatley Horticultural Society,
    • Donna McInnis,
       Lindsay Garden Club,
    • Dorothy Tol,
    • Doug Hanna,
       Paris Horticultural Society,
    • Eileen Hunt,
       The Friends of Maplelawn Garden,
    • Eleanor Mclaughlin,
       Whitewater Gardeners Beachburg Horticultural Society,
    • Elizabeth (Liz) Schandlen,
       Midland Garden Club,
       Midland ON
    • Elizabeth Churcher,
       Tweed & District Horticultural Society,
    • Fran Dennett,
       Gloucester Horticultural society,
    • Gail Clarke,
       Grand Valley Horticulture Society,
       Grand Valley
    • Gail Murray-Smith,
       Ennismore Horticulture Society,
    • Grant Adcock,
       St. Joseph Island Horticultural Society,
       St. Joseph Island
    • Gwen Allen,
       Stoney Creek Garden Club and Horticultural Society,
       Stoney Creek
    • Heather Kelly,
       Trillium Good Earth Community Garden,
       Waterloo Region
    • Heidi Geraets,
       Ottawa Horticultural Society,
    • Helen Halpenny,
       Lanark County Master Gardeners,
    • Helen Sager,
       Goderich and District Horticultural Society,
    • J. B. Hopkins,
       Communities in Bloom Committee,
    • Jane Labute,
       Chatham Horticulural Society,
    • Jayne Huntley,
       Nepean Horticultural Society,
    • Jean Rickert,
       North Dumfries Garden Club (Ayr Horticultural Society),
    • Jennifer Gautreau,
       Bel-Air Butterflyway Garden,
    • Jennifer Niven,
       Barrie Garden Club,
    • Jenny Bucholtz,
       Pembroke Horticultural Society,
    • Jesse Snell,
       huntsville horticulture society,
    • Jill Cutter,
       Orangeville & District Horticultural Society,
    • Joanna Blanchard,
       Leaside Garden Society,
    • Joanne Windrem,
       Omemee & District Horticultural Society,
       City of Kawartha Lakes
    • John Mcleod,
       London Fanshawe Horticultural Society,
    • Joy Davis,
       Tilbury & District Horticultural Society,
    • Joyce Blagdon,
       Dryden and District Horticultural Society,
    • Joyce Cathcart,
       Lake Simcoe South Shore Horticultural Society,
    • Judy Bernard,
       Norwood & District Horticulture Society,
    • Judy Kennedy,
       Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society,
       Kawartha Lakes
    • Judy Kerr,
       St. Davids-Queenston United Church,
    • Judy Mitchell-Wilson,
       Beaverton Garden Club,
    • Julie Zurakowski,
       Madawaska Valley Township
    • June McDonald,
       Baysville Horticultural Society,
    • June Streadwick,
       Master Gardeners,
    • Karen Shirley,
       Minden and District Horticultural Society,
       Minden Hills
    • Karen Tait,
       Clinton Horticultural Society,
    • Kathie Braid,
       Georgina-Brock Garden Club,
    • Ken Sala,
       West Carleton Garden Club & Horticulture Society,
    • Laura Chattaway,
       City of Kawartha Lakes
    • Laura Sakamoto,
       Geraldton Horticultural Society,
       Geraldton ON
    • Linda Bartlett,
       Carleton Place and District Horticultural Society,
       Carleton Place
    • Linda Wallis,
       Brighton Horticultural Society,
    • Lise Bois,
       Prince Edward County Horticultural Society,
       Prince Edward County
    • Lois MacLeod,
       Maxville and District Horticultural Society,
    • Lois O’Brien,
        Petawawa Horticulture Society,
    • Lorna Kingston,
       Chesley Horticultural Society District 8,
       Chesley Arran Elderslie Bruce County
    • Lucy Buttery,
       Watford Warwick Horticutural Society,
    • Lynn Imeson,
       Essex& District Horticulture Society,
    • Margaret Barnstaple,
       Erin GardenClub,
    • Margaret Tanaszi,
       Port Colborne Garden Club,
       Port Colborne
    • Maria Smith,
       Algoma Master Gardeners,
    • Marie Decker,
       Oakville Horticultural Society,
    • Marie Hynna,
       Thunder Bay Horticultural Society,
       Thunder Bay Ontario
    • Marlene Knezevich,
       Wilmot Horticultural Society,
       New Hamburg
    • Mary Anne Jackson-Hughes,
       Barrhaven Garden Club,
    • Matthew Fox,
       Martintown and District Horticultural Society,
       Glegarry Township
    • Maureen Williams,
       Kingston Horticultural Society (Gardening Kingston),
    • Nancy Smith,
       Galt Horticultural Society,
    • Nikki Szczechura,
       Thorold Garden Club,
    • P.J. Gagne,
       Kitchener Horticultural Society,
    • Peggy Bell,
       Garden Club of Niagara,
       Niagara Falls
    • Peggy Bell,
       Shaw Guild Garden Committee,
    • Richard Catchpaw,
       Perth & District Horticultural Society (PDHS),
    • Ronnie (Ronald) Beaumont,
       Painswick Garden Club,
    • Ruth Bender,
       Chinguacousy Garden Club & Horticultural Society,
    • Ruth Coughlin,
       Sioux Lookout Gardening Enthusiasts,
       Sioux Lookout
    • Ruth Markle,
       Fort Erie Horticultural Societ,
       Fort Erie
    • Sally Hossain,
       Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society,
       Richmond Hill
    • Sandra E. Martin,
       St. Catharines Horticultural Society,
       St. Catharines
    • Sandra Williamson,
       Georgetown Horticultural Society,
       Halton Hills
    • Seija Bailey,
       Campbell Horticultural Society,
       Spring Bay
    • Sharon Nivins,
       Lucknow & Horticulture Society,
    • Sharon Slack,
       Haldimand Horticultural Society,
    • Sharon Smith,
       Manotick Horticultural Society,
    • Sheena McColl,
       Credit Valley Horticultural Society,
    • Sheila Hirsch-Kalm,
       Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society,
    • Shirley Andrews,
        Auburn Horticultural Society,
    • Shirley Robson,
       Ontario Horticultural Association - District 14,
       Thunder Bay
    • Sunday Harrison,
       Green Thumbs Growing Kids,
    • Susan Leask,
       Peterborough Horticultural Society,
    • Susan Lusted,
       District 9 OHA,
    • Susan Pearson,
       Friends of St. Davids Garden Group,
    • Suzanne Culp,
       Wellesley Township Horticultural society,
    • Suzette Cecile,
       Belle River & District Horticultural Society,
       Belle River
    • Toby Barratt,
       Pakenham Horticulture Society,
    • Trish Symons,
       Orangeville & District Horticultural Society,
    • Trudy Bliedung,
       Flamborough Horticultural Society,
    • Val Collins,
       Eganville and Area Horticulture Society,
    • Vicki Rees,
       Ambassador LaSalle Horticultural Society,
    • Claude Trudeau,
       Société d'horticulture de Saint-Lambert,
    • Dany Bouchard,
       Académie potagère,
    • Julie Clermont,
       Comité de jardinage Henri-Bourassa et Soleil de l'Aube,
    • Larry Hodgson,
       Le Jardinier Paresseux et plusieurs organismes de jardin,
    • Laval Labbé,
       Québec Vert,
    • Margarita Wheeland,
       Dorval Horticultural and Ecological Society,
       Dorval QC