Parksville mayor Ed Mayne has proclaimed 2022 as “Year of the Garden in Parksville.”
Council voted in favour of Coun. Teresa Patterson’s motion to make the declaration. The motion also endorsed the concept of minimal lawn mowing in May for residential yards in the city.
The Canadian Garden Council proclaimed 2022 as “Year of the Garden in Canada” to recognize the centennial of Canada’s ornamental horticulture sector on the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.
“This year is an opportunity for new and seasoned gardeners to go out into their own gardens, visit a public garden, an urban park or garden centre, or participate in a garden activity or festival to enhance their passion for gardens and gardening,” reads a media release by the city.
To celebrate the “Year of the Garden 2022” in Parksville and region, Milner Gardens and Woodland invites residents to live the garden life and to help sustain interest in gardens throughout the year, Milner created a local resources guide with information, activities and events.
In 2021, the Arrowsmith Naturalists conducted an informal project to raise awareness of the decline in our insect and bee populations, and encouraged the planting of pollinator-friendly, pesticide and herbicide free flowers and shrubs which support insects and bees throughout the year. This year, the Arrowsmith Naturalists are supporting the concept of “No Mow May,” intended to assist the declining insect population and enhance biodiversity.
The Canadian Garden Council is committed to celebrating the contribution of gardens and gardening to the development of our country, cities and to the health, quality of life, reconciliation, and environmental challenges. Through this initiative, Canadians are invited to commemorate our country’s garden heritage, celebrate its vibrant garden culture, and create legacies for a sustainable future.