Join us November 1-4 in Victoria BC, Canada!

The International Garden Tourism Network and the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with Destination Greater Victoria have joined forces to organize the International Garden Tourism Conference from November 1 to 4, 2023.  

This innovating event revolves around the theme “Seizing the Moment,” recognizing the abundant possibilities for gardens and the tourism sector to collaborate to enhance the appeal of gardens as well as destinations, especially post-pandemic, thereby attracting more visitors. 

Join us for an exciting 4 days of exchange and networking.


We are delighted to announce the first line-up of speakers who will join our conference this fall. This list will be updated on a regular basis as we move closer to August when we finalise the detailed programme and topics. We expect to announce a total of 20 speakers from the Gardens and Tourism industry.

Felix Loh

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Dave Cowen

The Butchart Gardens, Canada

Wanda Heimbecker

Whistling Gardens, Canada

Robert Price

Vallarta Botanical Garden, Mexico

Richard Benfield

Garden Tourism Author, USA

Pascal Garbe


Giuseppe Sigurtà

Parco Giardino Sigurta, Italy

Darren Heimbecker

Whistling Gardens, Canada

Michelle Day

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Canada

Gwen Auwerda

Tulip Time, USA

Anders J. Lindstrom

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Thailand

Treve Evans

AIPH – International Association of Horticultural Producers

Angela Cassie

Travel Manitoba, Canada

Linda Hart

Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, USA

Martine Bernier

Montréal Botanical Garden, Canada

Paul Nursey

Destination Greater Victoria, Canada


This conference will be all about the destination development and promotion of your garden. The main topics and presentations titles are listed in the schedule below. More details will be added on a continuing basis towards July.


Event venue

  • Victoria Conference Centre
  • +1 6133014554