27 January 2015



Metz, France . . . Wednesday, October 1, 2014 . . . Today the International Conference Gardens Without Limits and the North American Garden Tourism Conference are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 International Garden Tourism Awards.

Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction. Now presented annually, the inaugural Garden Tourism Awards – the only such Awards program in the world – were bestowed at the 2011 North American Garden Tourism Conference held in Toronto, Canada. To view past winners, visit www.gardentourismconference.com and click on the ‘media’ tab.

“Tourism is the world’s number one industry. And Garden Tourism is a significant part of it. Dr. Richard Benfield, author of ‘Garden Tourism’, estimates that annually there are 120 million garden tourists worldwide. If garden events and tours were included, the number would reach more than 300 million,” said Alexander Reford, director of Jardins de Métis in Québec, Canada and chair of the Canadian Garden Council. “It is a great pleasure to celebrate the contributions that gardens make to the international tourism offering for travelers from around the world.”

In the spirit of highlighting the world’s most dynamic garden experiences and Garden Tourism’s limitless potential, in consultation with a global jury network, we are honored to announce the 2014 recipients of the Garden Tourism Awards.

1. Garden of the Year
Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton, New Zealand
2. Festival of the Year
International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
3. Event of the Year
Keukenhof, Lisse, The Netherlands
4. Exhibition of the Year
Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition, Qingdao, China
5. Initiative of the Year
Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
6. Promotion of the Year
National Garden Scheme, United Kingdom
7. Website of the Year
Gardentourhub.com, Australia
8. Achievement of the Year
Singapore Garden Festival, Singapore
9. Person of the Year
Jim Gardiner, Executive VP Royal Horticultural Society, United Kingdom

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For more information (media only) please contact:
Michel Gauthier, Executive Director, Canadian Garden Council
Tel:  613-3014554       email: michelgo@magma.ca
Pascal Garbe, Interntional Conference Gardens Without Limits, Moselle(Metz)
Tel: +33 6 81 37 49 34        email: pascal.garbe@cg57.fr