Notes from The Farmer’s Daughter – 2022, The Year of The Garden!

With the encouragement of the Canadian Garden Council, The Canadian government voted in favour of “celebrating our rich gardening heritage as 2022 marks the centennial of the Canadian ornamental horticulture sector and the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA).”

Thus, The Canadian Garden Council proudly proclaims 2022 as Canada’s Year of the Garden. The organization, in collaboration with the (CNLA), will be putting forth a strategic consumer campaign sharing messages that will make it easy for consumers to “Learn and Get Inspired,” “Do and Get Results,” and to “Experience and Enjoy” gardening and the associated benefits of gardening.

The not-for-profit corporation, founded in April 2014 whose mandate is “to foster awareness and development of Canada’s garden culture will lead the way for provinces, municipalities, community clubs, businesses and home gardeners to get involved.

You can check out for more information on this first-of-its-kind national celebration.

Gardening can have so many positive and far-reaching effects on us as an individual and our community as a whole. There is the obvious and well-documented benefit on our health and well-being, environmental surroundings, and local economy that it is to everyone’s benefit if we fully embrace The Year of The Garden.

The anticipation of what area businesses or organizations might have planned to celebrate our horticultural heritage has me already searching for things to put on my calendar. A quick online search revealed a not-to-miss Open House hosted by Bastard County Fruit Farm in July. I will be sure to share the date once they release the details so others can join me in learning “secrets of growing fruit without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers.” I can’t wait to have a tour of the creative permaculture-inspired mixed-fruit orchard in Rideau Lakes. You can bet I will be following along on their Facebook until then

While COVID-19 is still very much a part of our world, spring and summer’s promise has us eagerly planning our gardens and dreaming of the days when garden tours and gathering is once again possible. Let’s make 2022 the year to gather in the garden!

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