Today, NDP Agriculture and Agri-Food critic Malcolm Allen introduced a private member’s bill to establish a National Garden Day. The Welland MP’s bill would designate the Friday before Father’s Day of each year as National Garden Day.
“National Garden Day would be an opportunity for gardening enthusiasts, families and schools to share their knowledge and passion for gardening and the outdoors,” said Allen. “Canadians could enjoy their home gardens or favourite community garden, visit their local garden centre or travel to other communities.”
Supported by Canada’s Garden Council and other stakeholder groups, a National Garden Day would promote environmental stewardship— while educating Canadians about the importance of public and private gardens, and about the health and well-being benefits of gardens.
“As an MP from the beautiful Niagara region, I am proud to recognize Canada’s long-standing garden heritage,” said Allen. “A National Garden Day would celebrate the many national and international innovations of the Canadian horticultural industry.”