At the International Garden Tourism Conference, echoing the convention’s theme of ‘Seizing the Moment,’ the winners of the 2023 North American Garden Tourism Awards were revealed. 

The ‘Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For’ awards are presented to gardens that have excelled in their efforts to cultivate and showcase garden experiences as compelling tourism destinations and catalysts.

“As we aim to spotlight the most vibrant garden experiences across North America, we take great pride in unveiling in the 2023 awardees of the ‘Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For’ awards,” says Michel Gauthier, Executive Director of the Canadian Garden Council. “These gardens truly exemplify the beauty and allure of our continent’s horticultural treasures.” 

The ‘Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For,’ listed in alphabetical order, are as follows: 

  1. Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine
  3. Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado
  4. Fioli, Woodside, California
  5. Gardens of Mexico (Jardines de México)Moleros, Mexico
  6. Haraveri Botanical Garden (Jardín Botánico Haraveri)Jalisco, Mexico
  7. Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin botanique de Montréal), Montréal, Québec
  8. Niagara Botanical Gardens, Niagara Falls, Ontario
  9. Reiman Gardens, Ames, Iowa
  10. The Leaf, Winnipeg, Canada

The awards, selected by a jury of Garden Tourism leaders, are proudly supported and endorsed by the Canadian Garden Council, the American Public Garden Association and the Mexican Association of Botanical Gardens. 

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About the Canadian Garden Counci:

The Canadian Garden Council is the national association of public gardens.  Its vision is to champion Canada’s garden culture and its contributions to the development and well-being of Canadians, the sustainability of our communities and the health, social and environment benefits associated with gardens. The Council manages: Garden Days, Canada’s Garden Route, Garden Tourism Awards and Garden Tourism Conference:

About the American Public Gardens Association:

The American Public Gardens Association is the leading professional organization for the field of public horticulture, encouraging best practices, offering educational and networking opportunities, and advocating on behalf of members, programs and public gardens worldwide. Working with members and others to strengthen and shape public horticulture, the organization provides the tools and support industry professionals need to better serve the public while preserving and celebrating plants creatively and

About Mexican Association of Botanic Gardens:

The Mexican Botanical Gardens Association is a scientific and educational community that brings together all the public botanical gardens in Mexico. In addition to a variety of objectives related to plant conservation, it seeks to link these public spaces with people, promoting the understanding of our “plant-astic” world. All Mexican botanical gardens are committed to the conservation of national and global plant diversity and its associated traditional knowledge. Mexican botanic gardens are convinced that a nuclear part of the conservation and sustainability of plant diversity involves creating a stronger relationship between plants and people, or between people and plants: