August 15, 2012
Landscape Ontario is a driving force behind the Niagara World Garden Event in 2017.

The event will also be part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration.

“This event is the biggest and most exciting development in Ontario, if not Canada’s, gardening/horticulture industries. Nothing of this scale has been seen in the country for the past 30 or so years,” says Landscape Ontario executive director Tony DiGiovanni.

The Niagara World Garden Event will cover 81 hectares, or 200 acres, featuring theme gardens designed by Canada and some of the world’s most highly regarded designers and architects. Organizers say the duration will be over 150 days, and within walking distance of the falls.

DiGiovanni says that an international garden event of this magnitude will highlight the prominent role of horticulture in the Niagara region. Joining Landscape Ontario in creating the event are The Tourism Partnership of Niagara, The Niagara Parks Commission, RDEE and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

It is expected that the business plan will be submitted in early September to the International Organization of Horticultural Producers. Organizers are also looking to provincial and federal government support, as well as private sponsorship.