Denman Island’s Home and Garden tour

Des Kennedy Garden, Denman Island Home and Garden Tour, British ColumbiaWhat 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.

Denman Island Home and Garden TourThis 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.

Denman Island Home and Garden TourThe ‘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.

Denman Island Home and Garden TourThere 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.

Denman Island Home and Garden TourIn 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

Abraxus Books

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


About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers.
In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.

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