Celebrating the Success of the 2023 GDGT

The Grand Durand Garden Tour (GDGT), organized by the Durand Neighbourhood Association and the GDGT Committee, took place on Saturday, June 17, 2023, showcasing the hidden beauty of Hamilton’s Durand neighbourhood. The event received an overwhelming response from attendees and strong community support, making it a remarkable success.The day of the tour saw a vibrant atmosphere in the Durand neighbourhood, with ideal weather and an enthusiastic energy. Visitors from various cities across the Greater Toronto Area, including Burlington, Grimsby, Kitchener, Niagara, Orangeville, Port Dover, and Toronto, gathered to appreciate the exquisite gardens in the heart of Hamilton. This convergence of individuals from different places fostered a sense of unity and a shared appreciation for nature’s beauty.

Feedback from visitors was overwhelmingly positive, as they were enthralled by the diverse range of gardens on display. Selecting a favourite garden proved to be a challenge due to the exceptional variety. The passionate gardeners who generously shared their expertise added an extra layer of enchantment to the tour. The dedicated volunteers created a warm and welcoming atmosphere, ensuring a memorable experience for all participants.

A notable highlight was the addition of a summer cream tea, which pleasantly surprised attendees and added an elegant touch to the event. 

Returning visitors were delighted to bring friends and family, sharing the unique experience of the GDGT. The growing number of attendees and positive feedback reflect the enduring impact of the tour, fostering a sense of community and a deeper appreciation for the wonders of nature that lie here in our neighbourhood.The success of the Grand Durand Garden Tour was a result of the collective efforts of the dedicated gardeners, sponsors, volunteers, and the enthusiastic participation of guests. The funds raised from the tour will directly benefit the community, supporting future free events and improving the neighborhood’s green spaces as needed. The GDGT serves as a catalyst for building stronger community bonds and enhancing residents’ quality of life.The 2023 tour, with the leadership of Roberta Harman and Chris Redmond, Co-Chairs of the GDGT Committee, exceeded all expectations, leaving a lasting impression on all attendees. The Durand Neighbourhood Association and the GDGT Committee, represented by Roberta Harman, Chris Redmond, Andy Hares, Doyne Ahern, Anne Tennier, and Sarah Taylor, express their gratitude to everyone involved. 

Mark your calendars for our next tour, which will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2026!

all photos courtesy of Sylvia Edwards