San Diego Botanic Garden earns Top 10 Spot

Congratulations to our friends at the San Diego Botanic Garden. They were recognized as a “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For” at the annual Garden Tourism Awards!

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At the North American Garden Tourism Conference, the Canadian Garden Council and the American Pubic Gardens Association announced the recipients of the 2017 ‘Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For’ Garden Tourism Awards.

Tourism is the world’s fourth largest industry, and Garden Tourism is a significant part.

“For example,” says Dr. Richard Benfield, author of ‘Garden Tourism’, and chair of the International Garden Tourism Network, “more people visit gardens in the United States than go to Disneyland and Disneyworld combined, and more than visit Las Vegas annually, making Garden Tourism one of the largest sectors in the tourism market.”

Garden Tourism Awards are presented to gardens that have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction.

“In the spirit of highlighting North America’s most dynamic garden experiences and in consultation with a North American jury, we are honoured to announce the 2017 recipients of the ‘Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For’ Garden Tourism Awards,” said Michel Gauthier, Executive Director of the Canadian Garden Council and Chair of the North American Garden Tourism Conference.


(in alphabetical order)

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Ethnobotanical Garden, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Halifax Public Gardens, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Hershey Gardens, Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens, Grand-Métis, Québec
  • Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico
  • Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson, Arizona

For more information on the San Diego Botanic Gardens, visit them online at

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