Qualicum Beach Coun. Teunis Westbroek wants the town to take part in the celebration of the Year of the Garden in 2022.
“It’s a centennial celebration of Canada’s horticultural sector, marked with the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2022,” Westbroek told council at its regular meeting on Oct. 6.
“We will commemorate and celebrate Canada’s rich garden heritage and celebrate today’s vibrant garden culture and create legacies for a sustainable future. I believe Qualicum Beach has a legacy in our gardens and how well we’ve proceeded, not just with flowers but also with the environment in mind, with rain gardens, with growing food and working with other organizations that have a similar sentiment.”
Westbroek wants the community to join the celebration and work with the Year of the Garden 2022 as he feels there could be economic benefits as plant growers, project manufacturers, retailers, landscape service providers and many others can be involved in the celebration.
It’s also a unique opportunity, he says, for the municipality to highlight and have a positive impact on priorities such as post COVID recovery, quality of life, healthy citizens, environmental climate action, economic growth, enhance cultural vibrancy, garden tourist destination and, reconciliation and inclusivity.
Coun. Scott Harrison made a notice of motion to direct staff to prepare a recommendation on what level if any, and options and budget Qualicum Beach could participate in the 2022 Year of the Garden.
It was unanimously supported by council.