Seizing the Moment!

Conference postponed!

After much deliberation with our various partners and in the spirit of wanting to make the first International Garden Tourism Conference a true and vibrant success, the International Garden Tourism Network and the Canadian Garden Council have made the difficult decision to postpone the Conference scheduled to take place in Victoria, BC from October 19 to 22, 2022.  We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. 

2022 has is no way been a normal year with challenges continuing to arise directly correlated to new waves of the COVID pandemic in addition to numerous travel and tourism disruptions around the world. This makes it highly uncertain if delegates and speakers would be able to travel, despite the high interest we have received from all over the world.

As you may be aware, 2022 is also the ‘Year of the Garden’ in Canada.  The development and success of the special activities associated to this year-long campaign have taken far more energy than planned, directly impacting the Council’s ability to focus the necessary attention as hosts and promoters of this unique conference.

We’ll be sure to advise you of the proposed new 2023 date after further consultation with our partners has taken place.



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.

Pascal Garbe


Mary Pat Matheson

Atlanta Botanical Garden, USA

Robert Price

Vallarta Botanical Garden, Mexico

Giuseppe Sigurtà

Parco Giardino Sigurta, Italy

Dave Cowen

The Butchart Gardens, Canada

Richard Deverell

Kew Gardens, United Kingdom

Gwen Auwerda

Tulip Time, USA

Judith de Graaff

Urban Jungle Bloggers, France

Felix Loh

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Richard Benfield

Garden Tourism Author, USA


This conference will be all about the destination development and promotion of your garden


Event venue

  • Victoria Conference Centre
  • +1 6133014554