Celebrate Canada’s Inaugural ‘Garden Day’ – June 14

Enjoy green spaces in the Toronto Botanical Garden

Toronto, ON — Get back to nature on Canada’s Garden Day this Friday at the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG), which has a full slate of events planned for the inaugural celebration.

In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of public and private gardens, the value of home gardening, the benefits of green spaces and the promotion of environmental stewardship, the TBG will be offering new handheld audio tours  of their gardens for  free ($5 Value) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

These audio tours are easy to use and can be done at your own pace by following a map and/or signs in the garden. Just punch in the corresponding number on the device’s keypad and off you go on your own private tour of the gardens. The tour is enthusiastically narrated by Paul Zammit, the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture with special guests including Sonia Day, Charlie Dobbin, Denis Flanagan, Frankie Flowers and Marjorie Harris.

Liz Hood, the Director of Education and TBG urban beekeeper will be offering Honey Tastings – in a variety of flavors ranging from buckwheat to blueberry – just outside the TBG shop between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

We will also be extending our membership benefits to the public for one day only. You’ll receive a 10 per cent discount in our boutique garden shop and at the Garden Cafe (on select items). Free copies of Trellis, our members’ magazine, will also be given out (while supplies last).

“Public gardens, green spaces and garden experiences in general are a treasure in our community,” says Mr. Zammit. “The lush greens and vibrant colours of public gardens are a haven of tranquility, a place for passive recreation and provide an invaluable public service by educating people about the environment and culture. Celebrating Canada’s Garden Day at the TBG is a tribute to the important role public gardens plays in improving our communities and our environment,” he details.

Garden Day activities to take place from coast to coast

The inaugural Canada’s Garden Day will be celebrated in public and botanical gardens across the country with a variety of activities for garden enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists. Canada’s Garden Day. Presented in partnership with the Canadian Garden Tourism Council (CGTC) and irrigation product and service provider Rain Bird Corporation, will also serve as the 2013 launch of Canada’s Garden Route.

Please follow Canada’s Garden Day on Twitter @CanadaGardenDay and join the conversation with the hashtag #GetDirty. ‘Like’ Canada’s Garden Day on Facebook and share with us your pictures and experiences.

About Canada’s Garden Day

Canada’s Garden Day, presented by Rain Bird Corporation, takes place annually in June on the Friday before Father’s Day.  The program’s objective is to underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the value of home gardening, the promotion of environmental stewardship and is a general celebration of the glorious spring awakening of Mother Nature. Canada’s Garden Day is organized by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council with support of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and Communities in Bloom. Canada’s inaugural Garden Day takes place on June 14, 2013.

About Toronto Botanical Garden

The Toronto Botanical Garden offers an array of 17 award-winning themed gardens spanning nearly four acres, designed to educate and inspire. You’ll also find a complete range of innovative indoor and outdoor learning experiences for all ages including programs, garden tours, nature day camps, field trips and an extensive horticultural library; LEED Silver Certified Building with an energy-efficient sloping green roof and award-winning ecologically conscious design; rental facilities; garden shop and seasonal café.

About the Canadian Garden Tourism Council:

Founded in 2011, the Canadian Garden Tourism Council is a national umbrella organization for provincial garden tourism coalitions. It aims to stimulate and encourage garden experiences across the country, develop and promote garden tourism destinations and be the voice of the Canadian garden experience. Through its efforts, it aims to make Canada’s gardens destinations of choice for travellers to and within the country.  Annually, more than 14 million Canadians and Americans visit the public gardens of Canada.

About Rain Bird

Headquartered in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. From simple beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird now offers the industry’s broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes, available in more than 130 countries. Rain Bird has been awarded hundreds of patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird’s philosophy called The Intelligent Use of Water® is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities around the world. www.rainbird.com.


For more information, please contact:

Pracheer Saran; Publicist; 647-989-9534, 416-397-1351media@torontobotanicalgarden.ca

Jenny Rhodenizer, Creative Director; 416-819-2191communication@torontobotanicalgarden.ca

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