Itabashi Garden Featured in Nikkei Voice


The award-winning Itabashi Garden has been featured in the Nikkei Voice, the Japanese Canadian national newspaper. The article entitled Garden of Friendship: Burlington’s Itabashi Garden recognized with major Ontario Parks and Recreation awardis a chronicle of the garden’s creation and details the 30-year friendship between the City of Burlington and the City of Itabashi in Japan. The highlight of the article is the announcement that the garden was awarded the 2020 Parks and Recreation Ontario Award of Excellence for Park Design.

Rob Lyng, chair of the Itabashi Subcommittee tells Nikkei Voice in an interview, “Because [the garden] is located at the community centre, as long as the weather isn’t dreadful, you can go there pretty much every day and there will be people outside in the garden. It’s really become a quite popular attraction”.

The article is available to read on the Virginia Burt Designs website: Garden of friendship

About Nikkei Voice
Nikkei Voice is a national Japanese-Canadian newspaper that has evolved into an important medium for Japanese Canadian expression and communication. It is published 10 times a year in Toronto by the Board of Directors of Nikkei Research and Education Project of Ontario, and operates as a non-profit organization.

About Virginia Burt
Virginia Burt, FCSLA, FASLA, creates landscapes and gardens of meaning for residential clients, healthcare facilities, and academic and governmental organizations. Virginia graduated with honours from the University of Guelph in 1985 and worked in offices in Aspen, Colorado and Toronto, Ontario before founding Virginia Burt Designs in 1996.  Virginia’s love of the land, the inspiration for her work, began early in her life.  Growing up on an apple farm Virginia developed a passion for being outside and understanding the rhythms of nature.   For more than 30 years, Virginia’s design philosophy has reflected these roots, enabling her to create gardens and landscapes that reveal their natural context and sensitively reflect and support those who use them. Virginia is one of 7 women in the world designated as a fellow in both ASLA and CSLA.

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