Can there be a lovelier place to be on a fine summer’s day than a beautiful garden filled to the brim with talented artisans and musicians? If you think that nothing could be better, be sure to mark your calendar for the weekend of June 24-25 and head to the eighth annual Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden event.
The beautiful 10-acre garden meanders along shady trails surrounding a large pond and across lush lawns. All along the way artists in various disciplines display their creative and very attractive wares, all of which are for sale. I never manage to get away without purchasing something that has caught my eye – it is often a starting point for my Christmas shopping, promising gifts that are unique and won’t be found anywhere else. Garden décor is another big favourite of mine at this event – there is always so much beautiful and different work available.
We usually plan to spend at least a couple of hours wandering this delightful site, enjoying the summertime ambiance, live music emanating from the platform suspended over the edge of the pond, and always, a sit-down with a beverage and something to nibble on.
The event has grown tremendously during the eight years it has been in existence, beginning with just a handful of artists and a great vision. This year there are 80 artisans who will be setting up their canopies, so we are looking forward to the expanded offerings and an excuse to linger even longer.
The other wonderful aspect of this occasion is that all proceeds from the donated admission fees are given to Nanoose Community Services. To date Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden has raised upwards of $20,000 that has been used to help those less fortunate – a feel-good aspect that comes as a bonus to those attending.
The 2017 event runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at 2525 Northwest Bay Road, with admission by donation ($5 per person minimum suggested)
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GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat. 49.2871544 Long. -124.19079139999996
N 49 17.229 W 124 11.447