Get Ready for Garden Days 2018 / Préparez-vous pour les Journées du jardin 2018



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Canada's Annual Celebration of Gardens and Gardening

Register your activity today!

Garden Days is our national celebration of the vital role that gardens and gardening play in our communities and our lives. Between June 16 and 24, inclusive, Canada will be a-buzz with Garden Days activities.
During Garden Days which includes Father's Day weekend (June 16 & 17), are you:
  • holding special garden- or gardening-related events in celebration of Father's Day?
  • a garden with all sorts of programming scheduled between June 16 and 24?
  • BIA that's decking out main street with colourful planters and hanging baskets, and wants to host a community celebration?
  • a winery that's pairing your terrific wines with food from your own gardens?
  • a  library hosting a talk and book signing by an author of a gardening book?
  • a school that has a gardening program nurturing the next generation of gardeners?
  • a garden centre holding seminars or sales for loyal customers?
  • a horticulture society or garden club that has a tour or event taking place during Garden Days?
  • hosting a private backyard party in celebration of Garden Days?
Each and every one of those activities, and more, can be registered on the Garden Days website. It'll only take five minutes of your time, and best of all, it won't cost you a thing!

Helpful hints
  1. If you're holding more than one event or activity – e.g. a series of how-to seminars at a garden centre, or a series of events throughout the day at your garden or festival – register each activity separately. It'll give you more prominence on the site and give site visitors an at-a-glance view of what's on offer, especially if they're looking for things to do on a certain date.
  2. Need activity inspiration? Visit the Garden Days archives to see what others have done in previous years.
  3. Please only submit activities and events that are taking place during Garden Days, the dates of which are June 16 to 24, inclusive.

Your City's Official Garden Day


Wouldn't it be great if your city or town declared its own official Garden Day? It could be June 16, National Garden Day, or any other day between June 16 and 24. We've made the process super easy. All you need to do is check out this page on the Garden Days website. When you have your Mayor-signed Garden Days proclamation, register it as your city's official garden activity.


Tag us so we can share your activities!


Our vibrant Garden Days social media program is already profiling 2018 activities. Use our Twitter and Instagram hashtags when you post, so we can like and share.

Facebook:             Facebook.com/CanadianGardenCouncil     

Twitter:                 @gardenscanada                               #GardenDaysCanada

Instagram:           @CanadianGardenCouncil              #GardenDaysCanada

The public relations and digital media programs that support Garden Days will soon go into high gear.

Take advantage of all the eyes that will be on the Garden Days website by registering your activities now. It will maximize exposure to and attendance at your event.

Garden Days is organized by the Canadian Garden Council and sponsored by the Alumni Association of the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture Foundation, Bullfrog Power and Scotts Miracle-Gro.



La célébration annuelle des jardins et du jardinage du Canada


Inscrivez votre activité dès aujourd'hui!


Les Journées du jardin sont la célébration nationale du rôle vital des jardins et du jardinage dans nos communautés et dans nos vies. Du 16 au 24 juin inclusivement, le Canada sera à l'affût des activités des Journées du jardin.

  Pendant les Journées du jardin, qui comprennent la fin de semaine de la fête des Pères (les 16 et 17 juin) :

Organisez-vous des événements spéciaux liés au jardin ou au jardinage pour célébrer la fête des Pères?

Êtes-vous un jardin qui propose une programmation variée d'activités entre le 16 et le 24 juin?

  • Êtes-vous une zone d'amélioration commerciale qui décore la rue principale de jardinières et de paniers suspendus colorés et qui veut organiser une fête communautaire?
  • Êtes-vous un vignoble qui associe vos excellents vins à des aliments cueillis de votre propre potager?
  • Êtes-vous une bibliothèque qui prépare une conférence et une séance de signature de livre avec l'auteur d'un livre de jardinage?
  • Êtes-vous une école qui a un programme de jardinage pour promouvoir la prochaine génération de jardiniers?
  • Êtes-vous une jardinerie qui organise des séminaires ou des ventes pour des clients fidèles?
  • Êtes-vous une société d'horticulture ou un club de jardinage qui organise une tournée ou un événement pendant les Journées du jardin?
  • Planifiez-vous une fête de jardin privée pour célébrer les Journées du jardin?

Vous pouvez inscrire toutes ces activités, et bien plus encore, sur le site Web des Journées du jardin. Cela ne prendra que cinq minutes de votre temps et, mieux encore, ne vous coûtera rien!

Conseils pratiques

  1. Si vous organisez plusieurs événements ou activités – par exemple, une série de séminaires pratiques dans une jardinerie ou un certain nombre d'événements tout au long de la journée dans votre jardin ou festival –, inscrivez chaque activité séparément. Cela vous donnera plus de visibilité sur le site et donnera aux visiteurs un aperçu de ce qui est proposé, surtout s'ils cherchent des choses à faire à une certaine date.
  2.  Besoin d'inspiration pour vos activités? Visitez les archives des Journées du jardin pour voir ce que les autres ont fait les années précédentes. 
  3. Veuillez ne soumettre que les activités et les événements qui auront lieu pendant les Journées du jardin, soit du 16 au 24 juin inclusivement.


Votre propre Journée du jardin officielle


Ne serait-ce pas génial si votre municipalité proclamait sa propre Journée du jardin? Il pourrait s'agir du 16 juin, la Journée nationale du jardin, ou de n'importe quelle autre journée entre le 16 et le 24 juin. Nous avons rendu le processus super facile. Tout ce que vous avez à faire est de consulter cette page sur le site Web des Journées du jardin. Lorsque votre maire aura signé la proclamation de la Journée du jardin, inscrivez-la comme activité de jardinage officielle de votre ville.

Mentionnez-nous sur un réseau social afin que nous puissions partager vos activités!


Notre programme dynamique de médias sociaux pour la Journée du jardin fait déjà la promotion des activités de 2018. Utilisez nos mots-clics Twitter et Instagram lorsque vous publiez vos messages, afin que nous puissions les aimer et les partager.

Facebook:             Facebook.com/CanadianGardenCouncil

Twitter:                 @gardenscanada                               #journeesdujardin

Instagram:           @CanadianGardenCouncil              #journeesdujardin

Les programmes de relations publiques et de médias numériques qui soutiennent les Journées du jardin prendront bientôt de l'ampleur.

Profitez de tous les yeux qui seront rivés sur le site Web lors des Journées du jardin en inscrivant vos activités maintenant. Cela maximisera l'exposition et la participation à votre événement.

Les Journées du jardin sont organisées par le Conseil canadien du jardin et parrainées par l'Alumni Association of the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture Foundation, Bullfrog Power et par Scotts Miracle-Gro.



Wed. Mar. 28, 2018: Special Location: Hammonds Plains


Working With Nature

At the Hammonds Plains Garden Club!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7pm we will be visiting the Hammonds Plains Garden Club where Marian Munroe, Curator of Botany with the NS Natural History Museum, will be presenting "Tending the Garden We're Given." 

Marian will talk about working with nature as we garden. As an avid NON-gardener, she will present a botanist's view of Nova Scotia gardening using native species. Steeped in folklore, ethnobotany and very little horse sense, her talk promises to engage and provoke!

Location details:
  • Bedford-Hammonds Plains Community Centre, 
    202 Innovation Drive, Bedford, B4B 0G4
  • Basically part of the CPA High School. 
  • Go in the REC Centre entrance, up the stairs, turn left, and enter the first large room on your right down the hall.
You're invited to bring a simple, quick addition to the snack table as we gather with our friends at their club!

Hope to see you there!
Val :) 

June 16 - 24, 2018: Garden Days


Get the jump on Spring
Register your Garden Days activities today!



Garden Days is Canada's annual nine-day celebration of gardens and gardening. 

  From coast to coast to coast, gardens, garden centres, schools, garden clubs, hort societies, communities and even private citizens participate in this fun-filled celebration of the vital role that gardens and gardening play in our communities and our lives.

  This year, wineries, farmers' markets, community gardens, BIAs, newcomers clubs and libraries will be joining the party, making Garden Days 2018 the best ever.

Be part of this national celebration at no cost. How great is that!


If you're planning any garden or gardening-related activities between June 16 and 24, 2018, register them, at no cost, on the Garden Days website. It's as simple as clicking on the 'Register Your Activity' button and inputting your activity information. It'll take less than five minutes to register your activity and be part of this exciting national program.

Create a special Garden Days activity or register an already-planned event – what you do is entirely up to you. The intent is simply to profile your celebration of gardens and gardening and your contribution to Canada's garden experiences of all types.

Want to participate, but not sure what to do? We've got you covered


If you're looking for inspiration, scroll through past years' Garden Days activities in our site's archives. From educational to wacky, heartwarming to downright fun, you'll get tons of great ideas for kids to seniors, as well as new to seasoned garden enthusiasts alike!

Have your Mayor proclaim an 'Official Garden Day'


Still not sure what to do. How about asking your Mayor to declare your town or city's own 'Official Garden Day'? We've made it super easy for you to do this by providing you with a downloadable proclamation template that you can take to your City Hall. When you have your Mayor-signed Garden Days proclamation, you can register your city's official garden day as an activity. It's a great way to let your city officials know how important gardens and gardening are in your community.

Garden Days is supported by vibrant national public relations, social and digital media campaigns, as well as a Network of Champions, and national and provincial spokespeople. We invite you to connect with your provincial spokesperson by visiting the home page of the Garden Days site and clicking on the name of your provincial spokesperson.

Breaking News:  Garden Days Spring Twitter Chat


Join us on Thursday, March 15 at 3 p.m. EDT, when the Canadian Garden Council will host a Twitter Chat through its @gardenscanada account. The Chat will serve as a way to officially kickstart Garden Days 2018 by explaining what it is, when it takes place and to encourage clubs, public gardens, garden centres, businesses and other relevant organizations to register their activities, at no cost, on the Garden Days site.

The event has been timed to coincide with the Victoria Flower Count results and it is occurring during one of the last days of Canada Blooms, the country's largest flower and garden festival.

It will serve to bolster awareness of Garden Days, while celebrating a couple of well-known spring activities.
Let's get social! Connect with us and share your Garden Days activities on our social networks
Twitter Facebook Instagram
Tag us and we'll tag you right back
Hashtag: #gardendayscanada / #journeesdujardin

We hope you'll participate in Garden Days 2018
Questions? Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at marketing@gardencouncil.ca

Garden Days is organized by: Canadian Garden Council http://gardencouncil.ca/

Wed. Feb. 28: Special Guest Cora Swinamer



Pruning

An Essential Gardening Skill .

Wednesday, February 28 at 7pm we welcome Cora Swinamer as our special guest!
Cora Swinamer, owner of Under the Arbor Landscape Design, has been gardening and doing landscape design for over 20 years and will give a presentation on pruning basics and how to tackle pruning challenges. Learn what plants to prune while dormant and those to do later in the season. 
  • If you have some pruning challenges or 'gaffs', bring your photos on a jump drive and get advice on how to tackle these as well.
  • Join the hands-on practice session afterwords! 
    • Bring along your sharpened pruning shears and a branch or two to practice your technique.
Special thanks to Sheila Stanley for arranging this month's program! 

Wed. Jan. 24: Special Guest Donna Evers



Water Works!

Trees, shrubs and perennials for the moist, wet and down right boggy areas of your garden.

Wednesday, January 24 at 7pm we welcome Donna Evers as our special guest!

Donna Evers, a master gardener in Hammonds Plains, will be treating us to her wonderful presentation on gardening for wet spaces.  Donna's gardens are breathtaking and awe-inspiring, not only for their beauty but also for the amount of physical labour that they require.  Gardening and her love of plants and nature is truly a passion and her knowledge of all-things plants is broad.  She has asked that everyone come prepared with a 'general gardening question' for us to discuss as time permits.

Special thanks to Marcia Nason and Vicki Brown for arranging this month's program!

Wed. Nov. 22, 7pm: Holiday Social and Centrepiece Session



Feast, Flora, and Fauna!

Bring grub and a mug!

Wednesday, November 22 at 7pm is our holiday pot luck!  Please bring your favourite sharable!!! 

To add to the excitement, our very own Tara Moore is going to demonstrate how to make a seasonal centrepiece!

If you want to make a centrepiece to take home, here are a few things to bring:
  • a mug (can be plain or a Christmas theme)
  • wet oasis to fit your mug (that hard green florist stuff)
  • evergreen branches (or your favourite fillers)
  • pruners
Some other optional items you may wish to decorate with are ribbon, pine cones, berries, and a candle.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Wed. Oct. 25: Registration continues during Gardener's World

Register and enjoy the show!

Registration continues during a BBC presentation!

In our second meeting of the season on Wednesday, October 25th, 7:00pm at the PRCC, we will continue registration for anyone who missed it last month while we are treated to a special BBC presentation. 

Monty Don is a well known expert gardener, gardening writer and UK broadcaster. He presents the show "Gardener's World" from his amazing garden "Long Meadow" in Hertfordshire, UK. The show is wide ranging garden design, problem solving and seasonal information for the average home gardener.

We hope you will join us for another informative evening!

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