Canadian Garden Heroes


Canadian Garden Heroes

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

There are many dedicated and inspiring individuals who Live the Garden Life and 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 Live the Garden Life as a member of the Garden Heroes of Canada.

Garden organizations are asked to register their Hero on the Live the Garden Life website.

Celebrating Canada’s Garden Heroes

Garden Heroes will receive a digital certificate of recognition as Canada’s 2023 Live the Garden Life Garden Heroes.

The names of the Garden Heroes will be listed on the Live the Garden Life 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, and is recognizing itself as a Garden-Friendly Municipality, to propose that the mayor or the 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 2023 Live the Garden Life Garden Hero

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.

2023 Live the Garden Life Garden Heroes of Canada

  • Brian Rottenfusser Calgary Rose Society,


  • Daniel Walker Friends of Reader Rock Garden Society,


  • Susan Parker Edmonton Horticultural Society,


  • Val & Neil Carleton Carstairs Community Gardens,


  • Jill Wright Richmond Garden Club,


  • Lyn Collis Upper Lonsdale Garden Club - ULGC,

    North Vancouver

  • Pam Erikson Langley Garden Club,


  • Mason Mager St Vital Horticultural Society,


  • Pat Veldman Carman Community Garden,


  • Linda Hickey Red Hat Society,

    St John’s

  • Annie English Peterborough Horticultural Society,


  • Betty Scribbens Lindsay and District Horticultural Society,

    Kawartha Lakes

  • Connie Walker Minden Horticultural & District Society,

    Minden Hills

  • David Collins Paris Horticultural Society,


  • Donna Hunter Omemee Blooms Garden Club,

    Kawartha Lakes

  • Freda Godby Barrhaven Garden Club,


  • Gloria Broks North York Garden Club,

    North York

  • Greta Van Den Bossche Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society,

    Richmond Hill

  • Ian and Sandi Deslauriers Ennismore Garden Club,


  • Joan Stover Grafton Green Thumbs Horticultural Society,


  • Liz Chapple Stoney Creek Garden Club & Horticultural Society,

    Stoney Creek

  • Lois McKenzie Bruce Station Horticulture Society,

    Township of Plummer Additional

  • Marg Perry Norwood & District Horticultural Society,

    Township of Asphodel-Norwood

  • Maureen Andersen Chatham Horticultural Society,


  • Peg Fraczyk Watford/Warwick Horticultural Society,


  • Rebecca Last Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton,


  • Renate Wells Galt Horticultural Society,


  • Rob Brandon Ottawa Horticultural Society (OHS),


  • Tammy Nagy Durham and District Horticultural Society,


  • Sandra Beauregard Jardins communautaires St Basile le grand,

    St Basile le grand

Want to recognize someone in your organisation as a Canada Garden Hero?