Itabashi Garden wins 2020 Award of Excellence


Virginia Burt Designs is honoured to be a recipient of the 2020 Parks and Recreation Award of Excellence for Recreational Facility (non-aquatic) or Park Design. The award was for the Itabashi Japanese Garden located at the Tansley Woods Community Centre in the City of Burlington, Ontario.

The Japanese garden, designed by Virginia Burt Designs, opened on Canada Day 2019 with the official delegation from Itabashi, Japan, members of Burlington City Council, and the Consul-General of Japan in Toronto, Takako Ito. Burlington and Itabashi, Japan have been twin cities for 30 years.

A quote from the City of Burlington on the award:

“We are very excited about this Award of Excellence. The success of the Itabashi Garden is a result of the collaborative efforts of City staff with Burlington Mundialization Sub-Committee members, Landscape Architect Virginia Burt and the quality construction of the garden by Environmental Design Group. The Burlington team worked closely with the team in Itabashi, Japan which shows in the authenticity of the new Japanese garden. I encourage everyone to go see it for themselves. It truly is a beautiful garden.”
             ~Allan Magi, Executive Director, Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services (City of Burlington)

The Japanese garden’s design was inspired by gardens of the Itabashi area and the local Burlington landscape, including the escarpment and local plants.


For more information about the Itabashi Garden, visit

About Parks and Recreation Ontario
Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) is a non-profit association that advances the health, social, and environmental benefits of quality recreation and parks through evidence-based practices, resources, and collaborative partnerships. We envision a future for Ontario where every person has equitable access to vibrant communities, sustainable environments, and personal health.

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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