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.

Richard Benfield

Garden Tourism Author, USA

Igor Josifovic-Kemper

Urban Jungle Bloggers, Germany

Mary Pat Matheson

Atlanta Botanical Garden, USA

Jason Koo

Gardens by the Bay

Judith de Graaff

Urban Jungle Bloggers, France

Dave Cowen

The Butchart Gardens, Canada

Giuseppe Sigurtà

Parco Giardino Sigurta, Italy

Paul Nursey

Destination Greater Victoria, Canada

Angela Cassie

Travel Manitoba, Canada

Felix Loh

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Robert Price

Vallarta Botanical Garden, Mexico

Anders J. Lindstrom

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Thailand

Wanda Heimbecker

Whistling Gardens, Canada

Paul Guthrie

Kew Gardens, United Kingdom

Gerald Dieleman

Assiniboine Park Conservancy - The Leaf, Canada

Linda Hart

Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, USA


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