‘OTTAWA GARDEN DAYS’
Celebrating Gardens and Gardening June 15 – 23, 2019
For immediate release
Ottawa, Ontario, June 14, 2019: Ottawa Garden Days, the annual celebration of gardens and gardening begins on June 15th, National Garden Day!
Deputy Mayor Matthew Luloff officially proclaimed June 15 to 23 as Garden Days in Ottawa this morning at Chartwell Rockcliffe Retirement Residence. Members of Gardens Ottawa and the garden community were on hand to mark the occasion. Ottawa Garden Days invites you to celebrate your garden with family and friends, visit your favourite garden or discover a new one. For more info: www.gardeningcalendar.ca/garden-days
“With this year’s theme being Wellness & the Garden, I invite everyone to be active in their garden or visit one of the many beautiful gardens Ottawa offers including the Garden Promenade,” said Mary Reid, Master Gardener and Ottawa Garden Days spokesperson.
Gardens Ottawa took this opportunity to point out abundant research that promotes the physical and mental benefits of gardens and gardening. The highlight of the ceremony was the recognition by Deputy Mayor Luloff of this year’s “Ottawa Garden Stars”, all of whom are 90+ years old. Gardening and gardens have been part of their lives and still are. (Attached is a list of the Ottawa Garden Stars honoured.)
Garden Promenade organizers along with National Capital Commission’s Marc Corriveau, Director, Ontario Urban Lands and Greenbelt, announced that coinciding with Ottawa Garden Days is the return of the Capital’s unique garden experience, the Garden Promenade, connecting more than 75 public gardens in Ottawa and Gatineau. The weekly Lee Valley Guided Bus Tour on Saturday mornings from 9 am will be back starting June 15th. New this year, three additional ways to tour the Garden Promenade: a 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning Desjardins Guided Walking Tour and a 1:30 pm Sunday afternoon Escape Bicycle Guided Bike Tour starting July 7th; or create your own tour with Hop-On Hop-Off.
Ottawa Garden Days and the Garden Promenade are made possible with the support of many volunteers and garden partners as well as sponsors and partners including Lee Valley Tools, Desjardins, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Bloomex, Acart, Just food, Acti-Sol, Lafleur de la Capitale, Green Thumb Garden centre, Chartwell, Landscape Ontario, GardeningClaendar.ca, Ottawa Tourism, Outaouais Tourism, the Canadian Garden Council and the National Capital Commission.
About Ottawa Garden Days
Ottawa Garden Days is a city-wide celebration of the role of gardens in our communities and in our lives. The objective is to draw attention to our garden culture, history and innovations and to underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the values of home gardening and environmental stewardship. https://gardeningcalendar.ca/garden-days/
About Garden Promenade
The Garden Promenade is a showcase of over 75 gardens from Rideau Hall, along the Rideau Canal to the Experimental Farm and on to Parliament Hill via Gatineau.
About Gardens Ottawa
A voice for Ottawa’s garden community.
Our Vision: for Ottawa to be recognized and celebrated as a “Garden City”.
Our Mission: to foster development, promotion and celebration of Ottawa’s garden culture.
Our Goal: to engage residents, businesses, associations, organizations and governments to recognize the value and potential that gardens, garden events and gardening provide to enrich the lives of our communities, our physical and mental health and our environment. www.gardensottawa.ca
Kath Thompson – Garden Promenade Manager firstname.lastname@example.org (613) 266-1858
Aspen Martindale – Communications Assistant email@example.com
Michel Gauthier, Gardens Ottawa firstname.lastname@example.org (613) 301-4554
OTTAWA’S GARDEN STARS!
Mrs. Helen Brown
Mrs. Jane Burk
Mrs. Theresa Labreche
Mrs. Margaret MacLure
Mrs. Eleanor Nickerson
Mr. David Nowell
Mrs. Lydia Schuppli
Mrs. May Thompson
Mrs. Marjorie Allen