“Canada a garden nation? A nation of gardeners? You bet,” says Alexander Reford, President of the Canadian Garden Council and Director of Reford Gardens – Jardins de Métis. “Gardening is a shared passion from coast to coast to coast. Not only do they allow us to enjoy the flavours and freshness of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, our plants nourish our health and happiness. Our world needs more gardens and gardeners, and Canadians are leading the charge to plant to make a better planet. The Year of the Garden 2022 is a national celebration of what we are and where we are going — a nation of gardeners.”
2022 marks the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association’s (CNLA) 100-year anniversary. “We are very supportive of proclaiming 2022 as Canada’s Year of the Garden in celebration of CNLA’s centennial,” says Anthony O’Neill, President of the association. “Our members are dedicated to providing products and services that contribute to the quality of life of Canadians and the sustainable development of Canada. We also understand that gardening and gardens will be an important factor in the post-COVID recovery; there could be no better time to celebrate Canada’s garden culture.”
During the Year of the Garden 2022, gardeners are encouraged to share their knowledge and passion, and to mentor those just starting on their journey with plants. New gardeners of all ages, and many new Canadians, are looking for advice and to gain a little confidence.
It’s not too soon to begin thinking about how you might “live the garden life” during the Year of the Garden 2022 at home, work, school, or club, in your community, or while on vacation in Canada.
The Year of the Garden 2022 legacy will likely be a simple one for many individuals. To learn to “live the garden life” is a rewarding one of participating in a healthy activity, reaping the benefits of eating healthier food and enjoying the pleasures of nicer surroundings. The legacy for Canada has a broader impact: an improved, sustainable quality of life for Canadians through positive climate action, significant health and well-being improvements and positive economic growth.
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