What could be more appealing following a long, cold winter and a non-Spring than a home and garden tour on one of British Columbia’s most beautiful Gulf Islands? The Denman Island Home and Garden Tour runs only every second year, and the 2017 version is slated for June 9-10. The tour benefits the Denman Island Conservancy Association, and has been named by the Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s top six horticultural events.
This year the Denman Island Home and Garden Tour will include an eclectic collection of gardens located everywhere from sea front to forest. Spectacular ornamental and vegetable gardens, flourishing farms and vineyards will draw attendees along pathways to drink in the sweet fragrance of early summer and the visual delight created by endless hours of work and inspiration on the part of the property owners. This year’s tour includes the East Cider Apple Orchard and the ever-popular home and garden of horticultural celebrity Des Kennedy and his partner Sandy.
The ‘home’ part of the Denman Island Home and Garden tour will highlight a wide variety of housing styles, from a tiny home to more palatial digs featuring breathtaking ocean views and forested hideaways. Several of the homes are constructed of recycled materials. A century-old church is also on the tour agenda.
Those heading to Denman for the tour are being encouraged to cycle rather than drive, with special prizes being offered for those traversing the island on two rather than four wheels.
There is also a popular plant sale being held in conjunction with the Denman Island Home and Garden Tour. This year the sale will be at the community hall, and it will benefit the Denman Island Community Education Society. This promises to be an added delight to the day and may just render souvenir possibilities for the gardens of those visiting and enjoying the tour.
In addition to the delights of enjoying a day out, the Denman Island Home and Garden Tour is sure to send attendees home with new ideas for their own properties. For me, this is always one of the best reasons to participate in these events.
Tickets for the Denman Island Home and Garden Tour are $20 and are available at the following locations:
Bowser: Salish Sea Market
Campbell River: Apple Seed Cottage
Courtenay: Art Knapp Garden Centre
Home and Garden Gate
Cumberland: Rusty Rooster
Denman Island: General Store
Hornby Island: Hornby Island Gas Bar
Parksville: Cultivate Garden and Gift
Qualicum: Ken Dor Garden Centre
Nanaimo: Green Thumb Garden Centre
For a sneak peek at the homes and gardens on this year’s Denman Island Home and Garden Tour you can go to the website at:
Hours for the tour are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
GPS co-ordinates for the Vancouver Island ferry terminal where you catch the boat to Denman are:
Lat. : 49.525455 Long. -124.847617
N 49 31.527 W 124 50.857