GWA Region 7
April 15 -19, 2004
Qualicum Beach BC

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

Vancouver Island Meeting A Success
 -- click here for a recap by
Margaret Cadwaladr
Meeting Organizer


The Region VII meeting took place on Vancouver Island on April 16, 17 and 18 and was a huge success. Twenty-three participants from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec visited both new and established Island gardens. The weather, with the exception of one short shower, was glorious. The gardens did not disappoint and were in their springtime glory.
The event was centered in the sheltered town of Qualicum Beach, an international “Communities in Bloom” award winner. After a lecture on the history of the Milner Gardens and Woodland, we walked through the 60-acre old growth forest to the estate. Following lunch in the drawing room, we explored the 10-acre heritage woodland garden before boarding the bus for a tour of the town with Marlys Diamond, the force behind the Communities in Bloom program.

Day two took us to the spectacular West Coast of the Island. We visited the Tofino Botanical Garden, a Zone 9 site where quirky sculptures such as “Dancing Slugs” coexist with banana trees, Chinese fan palms and coastal rainforest. Botanical artist Mary Comber Miles traveled from Vancouver to exhibit her collection of Chilean plants for us. Several members of the group bought gorgeous prints as souvenirs. Finally, we enjoyed a coastal hike in the sunshine led by Giselle Martin, a member of a local First Nations tribe.

On day three we headed to Victoria where we visited the Abkhazi Gardens. This immaculate one-acre garden was in splendid shape. After tea and scones, we made a quick trip to Government House for a tour of the gardens and newly restored Garry oak terraces. We were welcomed to Butchart Gardens with a gourmet lunch and fine wines. The famous display gardens are celebrating their 100th anniversary and they gave us a special behind-the-scenes tour. Our three-day event was capped with a barbecue and sneak preview of the new, luxurious Brentwood Bay Lodge.
Special thanks to Bob LaGasse, Larry Hodgson, Maggie MacLaren, Jim Cadwaladr and all our wonderful sponsors.

— Margaret Cadwaladr
Meeting Organizer



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