Gardens in Bloom 2016: Select Photographs

The CVHS is pleased to present select photographs of nine of the ten gardens on the Gardens in Bloom 2016 Tour (the green link below each will open the pictures in a new window).


Garden One

This large rural garden frames a stunning view of Georgia Strait and the Coastal Mountains. An amazing variety of evergreen trees and shrubs was selected to meet the challenges of coastal exposure to weather and the daily presence of deer. A lovely variegated holly at the entrance hints at the clever combinations of textures, shapes and tones of colour seen throughout the garden in a predominantly green setting. Pieris varieties, perennials and flowering shrubs add colour and contrast. Sloping beds are supported by large rocks complementing the scale of this garden.

Garden One


Garden Two

This diverse and established garden has a unique variety of trees, shrubs and perennials. It is a great garden in which to wander. Pause to enjoy a waterfall and pond with fish, water plants and a real dock. Stroll past the multiple raised vegetable beds and fruit trees. Don’t miss the abundance of interesting plants from creepers to climbers along the paths towards the house. Once in the backyard, enjoy the woodland garden with a view of the distant mountains and the recently transplanted climbing roses and clematis on the fence below.

Garden Two


Garden Three

This garden was professionally designed and planted to replace a lawn and to create a wheelchair accessible, low maintenance front yard. Ground covers, grasses, variegated yuccas and small evergreen shrubs, such as boxwood, intermingle with rocks and dry riverbeds. The center of the garden features a beautiful witch hazel and a handsome specimen of sequoia. A nicely sculpted California lilac defines the property’s edge, while a rose covered trellis borders the path to the front door.

Garden Three


Garden Four

This large oceanfront property is like a private park. Extensive lawns flow down toward the house bordered by large mixed beds. Closer to the house an impressive waterfall cascades over rocks and through an Asian-inspired garden area. On the ocean/pool side of the house additional beds are filled with mass plantings of shrubs, annuals and perennials. Of particular botanical interest in this garden is the diverse and extensive use of deciduous trees, which provide shade, privacy and beauty in this lovely setting.

Garden Four


Garden Five

The owner of this unique city garden describes herself as “a girl on a small lot with the heart of a farmer.” This hidden gem provides food all year. Every inch is filled with vegetables, perennials, climbers, fruit, and especially an amazing variety of owner-grafted apples; don’t miss the Belgian fence. Room was even made for a greenhouse to complement the continuous food production. This gardener’s passion carries well beyond the bounds of her fence with a variety of shrubs, trees and native plants on the street side.

Garden Five


Garden Seven

This lush, densely-planted garden is small in size, but large in impact. It’s a plant lover’s garden full of unusual varieties, displayed in well-balanced garden beds. While walking through this garden you will be surrounded by trees, shrubs, climbers and woodland plants crowding to the very edge of the path. The crevice garden is an amazing part of this horticultural gem created with great knowledge and care. Whimsical pottery characters hide among the plants. Tread very carefully among the delicate plants popping up along the garden paths and enjoy the journey.

Garden Seven


Garden Eight

This charming small city garden offers lawn-free beds in the front and an intimate outdoor living space in the back. The shady canopy of a large cedar tree under-planted with shrubs, perennials and grasses invites you in from the street. Plantings in the sunny backyard surround a unique patio imprinted with fern leaves and cedar. Clematis varieties creep up the fence. Pots with shrubs and annuals add interest and colour. Don’t miss the back lane garden, a surprising use of an often overlooked space featuring a pretty weeping maple and a tiny path.

Garden Eight


Garden Nine

If you have ever wondered how much food it is possible to grow in a city garden while including beautiful trees, shrubs and perennials, this is a garden you will want to see. Raised beds packed with amazing varieties of vegetables and tomatoes abound. Here you can learn all about seed saving, companion planting, the art of food production and efficient use of garden space. Flower beds full of perennials, flowering shrubs and small trees complement the raised beds both in the front and the back yards.

Garden Nine


Garden Ten

A labor of love, this front garden is one of a kind. Roses, roses, roses! Here you can admire over 100 roses, including ramblers and climbers. Also of interest is the amazing structure of owner-designed stone walls used to create walk ways and garden beds. Don’t miss the large sculpted smoke tree bordering the driveway.

Garden Ten

 

 

February 20, 2017: Donna Balzar “No Space? No Problem!”


6:45 p.m.       Doors open
7:30 p.m.       Announcements
~ 7:45 p.m.    Guest Speaker presentation
~ 9:00 p.m.    Meeting wraps up after Question period with our Guest Speaker


Our very special guest speaker Monday Feb. 20 features Donna Balzer, award winning HGTV host of Bugs & Blooms, a regular CBC radio guest in Alberta and a home gardener who says she makes mistakes so you don’t have to. Donna will speak to us on maximizing space in smaller gardens, by creatively cultivating  in vertical gardens. You can grow more food more efficiently, and multiply your yields faster than breeding bunnies! Donna is also the co-author of the popular, NO GUFF Vegetable Gardening,  with Steven Biggs. Their “she-says, he- says” banter shows there is more than one way to slice a tomato and turns growing gardens into a really fun process. Their gardening journey started out in Montreal, spending some quality time in Alberta and Qualicum Beach.  With Donna’s 30 years of horticultural experience, her tips,techniques and hand outs will make this evening a “can’t miss” event. Donna is currently writing the Gardener’s Gratitude Journal, and Under Cover:Grow Food Faster, and is a contributor to Groundbreaking Food Gardens by Nikki Jabbour. Donna will have copies of her book available for $25 cash, or $27 (including GST) if paying by credit card.

The doors at the Courtenay Filberg open at 6:45 pm, with our Guest Speaker starting around 7:45pm. Come early to fill out your $20 annual membership form (family $30) and join us to reap the many, many benefits of being a Comox Valley Horticultural Society member. Guests are welcome for a $5 charge.

January 16, 2017: Gordon Mackay, “Pruning Trees and Shrubs: the how, when and …WHY! “


6:30 p.m.    Doors open
7:30 p.m.    Announcements and Business
8:00 p.m.    Guest Speaker presentation
9:00 p.m.    Meeting wraps up after Guest Speaker question period


On Monday January 16, Comox Valley Horticultural Society welcomes Gordon Mackay, from Alba Plants in Cowichan Bay, with his very timely topic of Pruning Trees and Shrubs: the how, when and …WHY! Mackay will speak on pruning techniques, covering do’s and don’ts, with special reference to fruit trees, and summer and winter tasks. Gordon’s passion for all things green began in Glasgow, studying at the Threave School of Gardening, where he was mentored by Magnus Ramsay and achieved the top student award for plant identification. In 1994 he was invited to Vancouver Island to establish a specialty plant nursery, Alba Plants, and decided this was the place to be. He is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, and instructor at the Horticultural Centre for the Pacific in Victoria.

Our doors at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay open at 6:30 p.m.