Dig into Canada’s Year of the Garden
It’s been granted a special, high-level designation and — as years go — 2022 could grow into our favourite one.
Why? Because it’s Canada’s Year of the Garden.
So declared in the House of Commons last year, and led by the Canadian Garden Council, the honour speaks to a renewed passion for gardening. At the start of the pandemic, in the spring of 2020, Canada saw the largest growth in home vegetable gardening since the Second World War.
According to a survey reported by the Canadian Garden Council, last year saw a rise — more than 20 per cent — in the amount of time that Canadians expected to spend in their gardens.
In the two years since COVID-19 began keeping us at home, gardens have been a place of comfort in our quieted lives and, during the better moments, a safe space for gathering with friends and family.
We have some suggestions for celebrating Canada’s Year of the Garden:
In our experience, horticulture societies play a large role promoting the passion for gardening while, in turn, benefiting their members in spades with social connection and gardening fun. Find a chapter near you at gardenontario.org.
Exciting times are afoot at the TBG, where newly appointed executive director Stephanie Jutila is overseeing an ambitious expansion plan for the garden which generates 99 per cent of its own revenues from donors, foundations, memberships and earned revenues. There has never been a better time to support the TBG (full disclosure: Ben is on the board).
We have always felt that gardening is one of the great joys of this great country. And now we’ve been given a full year to celebrate.