2019 Conference Moderators
Director, International Garden Festival and Reford Gardens – Canada
Major Events & Conferences, Destination Greater Victoria
2019 Conference Speakers
Executive Director, Chanticleer Foundation – USA
How Chanticleer Partners with the Philadelphia Region for Tourism Success
Chanticleer is a relatively new public garden in the Philadelphia region. Known as America’s Garden Capital, the area has more public gardens than anywhere else in North America. Bill Thomas, Chanticleer’s Executive Director and Chair of Greater Philadelphia Gardens, will discuss how the garden partners with the region for tourism success.
CEO, Destination Greater Victoria – Canada
A provocative, well-researched look at how garden tourism can work positively in destinations and achieve success. Many vertical niche product sectors such as garden tourism compete for the time and attention of destination leaders. However, these sectors often do not consider how they can offer solutions and position their business priorities positively among the many competing propositions. Hear straight from an experienced destination leader about how to best position your partnership proposal, as well as ideas for enduring partnership success. The presentation will feature contemporary tourism research an the newly released DestinationNEXT research from Destinations International.
Director, Toronto Botanical Garden – Canada
Making A Botanic Garden Business Case for Growth
Creating a new or expanded botanic garden means convincing governments, donors and other stakeholders that it’s good for them and for their communities. Toronto Botanical Garden’s expansion planning focused on garden tourism as it made a compelling and successful case for growth.
Director IGMPR, Flowers, Parks & More – Netherlands
The Imagineering of Flower Gardens and Festivals
The design, marketing and operation of garden tourism destinations has many similarities with any other tourism or theme park attraction. Learn more how new applications of planting technology, storytelling and design, can enrich your visitor experience.
Founder-Director, Chelsea Fringe – UK
Beyond the Garden: the Chelsea Fringe Festival as a Model for Activating Cities and Regions
How a freeform garden festival can provide a special moment of focus for year-round garden activities and openings: attracting visitors, exciting participants, re-energizing staff’
Executive Director, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden – Canada
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden’s Recipe to Garden Tourism Success
What makes your garden authentic? Is it the people who nurture it or how it was built? What does your garden reflect?
Executive Director, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – USA
What Makes a Blooming Destination a Success
Several key elements contribute to the festival becoming a destination event for people from around the world, starting with tulips and continuing with the community’s offer and hosting.
Director of Operations, Kingsbrae Garden – Canada
Your Garden – A Chef’s Playground
Turning your garden masterpiece into a competitive advantage as a business leader and trend setter in the restaurant industry.
Gardens Dot Tours LLC – USA
Creating a Successful Garden Tour
Travel Oregon has recently commissioned our speaker to create a database that will help people understand the “garden tourism assets” in and around Portland, Oregon. During this presentation, we will learn more about what is important to tour operators, garden clubs and other groups to create successful visits to gardens.
Program Head for the Master of Arts in Tourism Management at Royal Roads University – Canada
Want to expand your garden’s appeal? Garden and Forest Bathing’ brings in a whole new market!
Director, International Garden Festival and Reford Gardens – Canada
The Difference a Festival Can Make
The International Garden Festival has transformed the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford into a design destination. Contemporary designers have transformed the garden experience at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens and created a new clientele of visitors and followers.
Trustee, Scotland`s Garden Route/Cambo Gardens – Scotland
Discover How Scottish Gardens Attract Garden Visitors to Scotland
It started with snowdrops – the development of garden tourism in Scotland throughout the year.
President CEO, Atlanta Botanical Garden – USA
Marketing an Expanded Visitor Experience
Atlanta Botanical Garden provides 12 months of cultural experiences that drive tourism and visitation throughout the year. The Garden’s commitment to innovation, beauty, dynamic exhibitions and excellent marketing equal tremendous tourism success and a growing bottom line.
Chief Executive Officer, Portland Rose Festival Foundation – USA
How a Flower Changed Portland Oregon
This special flower shaped the city and inspired one of the top festivals in the United States and made Portland Oregon a floral destination.
Executive Director, The Land Conservancy/Abkhazi Garden – Canada
The Garden that Love Built
Discover how “The Garden that Love Built” grew; through friendship, separation, tragedy, war, and reconnection, and how Abkhazi Garden became an urban oasis hosting thousands of visitors annually from around the world.
Director, Visitor Services, University of Alberta Botanic Garden – Canada
The Difference a New Garden Makes
Nearly a decade of planning and two years of construction propelled the University of Alberta Botanic Garden from a local attraction to one of national and global interest. The addition of the stunning 4.8 hectare Aga Khan Garden, triggered a long list of changes, from a name change to a new parking lot and entry plaza, from new way finding to new programming approaches. Managing the expectations of our visitors and staff required strategic planning and turn on a dime thinking
Dean of Graduate School of Tourism and Festival Management, Paichai University – South Korea
South Korea Garden Tourism: From Suncheon Bay Garden Expo to Seoul’s Skygarden
Description To come
Owner/Operator Tulips of the Valley – Canada
From a Tulip Bulb Farm to a Garden Tourism Attraction
How the Onos family turned a tulip bulb business into a garden tourism Attraction in BC’s Fraser Valley
International Relations – The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle – Italy
Leadership in Garden Tourism
A vision, a mission, a clear concept and a team inspired to perform like plants in a garden: The Case of the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.
Project Director of Canada’s Diversity Gardens at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Transforming the Garden Experience: Where Nature, Culture and Community Unite
Canada’s Diversity Gardens, a 35-acre development within Assiniboine Park intended to be an exploration of the human connection with plants and nature showcasing Canada’s extraordinary multicultural heritage. Visitors will discover the role plants have in shaping the life and identity of their community and their country – past, present and future.