Minter humbled and buoyed by recognition

Master Gardener Brian Minter of Chilliwack was named Person of the Year for 2015 by the Canadian Garden Council.

Brian Minter was thrilled to be named 'Person of the Year' by the Canadian Garden Council / Conseil canadien du jardin at the recent North American Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto.

Master Gardener Brian Minter of Chilliwack was named Person of the Year for 2015 by the Canadian Garden Council.

Minter is a lively garden writer, in-demand professional speaker and avid horticulturist.

It’s only the second year the Garden Council has handed out its prestigious award for individuals who’ve made a difference in gardening communications and promotion on a broad scale.

“Oh well, they’re allowed to make one mistake,” Minter quipped when asked about being chosen as the Person of the Year award by The Progress.

The importance of enthusiastically promoting gardening and a love of plants as a key tourism draw for B.C. is a topic that Brian Minter knows extremely well.

“Gardens are huge in terms of visitor impact,” he says.

There’s been a societal shift with respect to plants and gardening, he argues, and people are gravitating back to it.

“Because we are living so densely in cities, space for a garden has been virtually disappearing, putting more emphasis onto our parks and gardens and green spaces.”

There’s also been a shift from the soft green colour of laurels and junipers, to plants with big impact and colour.

Minter is feeling humbled and buoyed by the recognition, having also recently won the North American Perennial Plant Association Award of Merit and the Hall of Fame Award from Garden Writers’ Association for lifetime achievement.

“It feels so incredibly nice to be recognized this way and so appreciated,” he said.

Minter couldn’t attend the actual award presentation in person last week however.

“I couldn’t go to Toronto as I had a speaking engagement at VanDusen Gardens, and I felt badly but I had to honour my commitment. But when I notified the Garden Council, they told me that’s exactly the reason why I was given the award.’”

Minter was one of five B.C. recipients honoured at the 2015 conference.


1. Garden of the Year 
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, NS 
Sponsored by: Canadian Nursery Landscape Association 
2. Botanical Garden of the Year 
Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden, NFLD 
3. New Garden Experience of the Year 
UBC Botanical Garden Greenheart Canopy Walk, BC 
Sponsored by: Canadian Nursery Landscape Association 
4. Garden Destination of the Year 
Niagara Falls, ON 
Sponsored by: Baxter Travel Media 
5. Garden Festival of the Year: 
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, BC 
6. Flower Festival of the Year 
Canadian Tulip Festival, ON 
Sponsored by: VIA Rail Canada 
7. Garden Event of the Year 
Allan Gardens at Christmas, ON 
Sponsored by: VIA Rail Canada 
8. Flower Event of the Year 
MUN Botanical Garden’s Pink Days in Bloom, NFLD 
9. Garden Exhibition of the Year 
Earth Art – Royal Botanical Gardens, ON 
10 Destination Garden Centre of the Year 
Rideau Woodland Ramble, ON 
11. Community of the Year 
Town of Boissevain, MB 
Sponsored by: Communities in Bloom 
12. Initiative of the Year 
Misa Tours International, QC 
13. Website of the Year 
The Butchart Gardens, BC 
14. Person of the Year 
Brian Minter, BC 
Sponsored by: Baxter Travel Media 
15. Journalist of the Year 
Steve Whysall, BC 
Sponsored by: Enterprise Canada 
16. Media of the Year 
Canadian Gardening Magazine, ON 
Sponsored by: Enterprise Canada 
17. Honourable Mention 
Fleurs Plantes Jardins Magazine – 25th Anniversary, QC 
18. Honourable Mention

Halifax Public Gardens – Outstanding National Recognition”

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