2013 International Garden Tourism Awards



March 19, 2013                                                

Contact: Beth Monroe, PR & Marketing Director, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden



RICHMOND, VA – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va., has been selected as one of the “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For” by a panel of international judges, including representatives from the Canadian Garden Garden Tourism Award LogoTourism Council and the American Public Gardens Association. The award was presented on March 19, 2013, as part of the 2013 Garden Tourism Awards in Toronto, Canada.

The annual Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individualswho have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction. Recipients travelled from across North America and as far away as Japan, France, Portugal, Italy, and Australia to accept their awards.

The 2013 Garden Awards “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For” include:

  • Atlanta Botanical Garden. Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Butchart Gardens. Brentwood Bay (Victoria), British Columbia
  • Chanticleer. Wayne, Pennsylvania
  • Filoli Gardens. Woodside, California
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Richmond, Virginia
  • Missouri Botanical Garden. St. Louis, Missouri
  • Montreal Botanical Garden. Montreal, Quebec.
  • Portland Japanese Garden. Portland, Oregon
  • Springs Preserve. Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Garden Tourism Awards Lewis Ginter Botanical GardenBeth Monroe, public relations director for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, accepts the award from (left) Alex Reford, chair of the Canadian Garden Council, and Bill Hardy, board member of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. Photo: Rob Ellidge

The awards were announced during a conference emphasizing the significant, but often overlooked, impact of Garden Tourism. Conference Chair Michel Gauthier closed the event by citing statistics from keynote speaker Dr. Richard Benfield, a geography professor at Central Connecticut State University and author of the book Garden Tourism. "Forty million Americans visited gardens last year, more than the annual number of visitors to Disney World and Disneyland combined, and more than the number of visitors to Las Vegas in any given year. Given those impressive statistics, we’re certainly on the right track as we recognize the country and the world’s finest garden experiences in this vibrant, thriving and rapidly growing segment of the international tourism market.”

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education and its passion is bringing people and plants together to improve communities.

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