Virtual Open Garden Tours
On May 20, 2021, the CVHS virtual Open Garden Tour team visited Pamela and Douglas’ lovely, Asian-themed garden north of Courtenay.
In this 15-minute video, local Comox Valley gardening guru, Karen, prunes a gooseberry bush and a blueberry bush.
On March 10, the CVHS Virtual Garden Chores Team visited the garden of Darlene who shows us how to divide daylilies in this seven-minute YouTube video.
The CVHS Virtual Garden Chores Team visited the garden of Darlene who took us through how to prune her Class C (or 3) Jackmanii clematis.
In this video, CVHS member Frank, who frankly admits that he is no rosarian (def: a person who cultivates roses, especially as an occupation) explains when, why and how to prune roses. Here is a quick overview of the video that explains simply and practically how to...
In this video CVHS member, Frank, explains why and how to use dormant oil to help control a variety of pests that may overwinter on your fruit trees such as aphids, mealybug, thrips, whiteflies, adelgids, caterpillar eggs, leafhoppers, scale and mites. Spraying also helps to prevent fungal diseases, which are very common here in the Pacific Northwest.
Frank explains the pruning process as he trims this four year old fig tree on his urban lot in the Comox Valley. He also provides some good advice on the best fig tree growing conditions.
Landscape Designer and CVHS volunteer Arianne Huene offers her insights into the design of the Serenity Gardens at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa, and speaks with her design partner, David Bossom, about the project’s installation.
Gael & Rick have increased their curb appeal with the profuse blooms of dahlias along their front yard, and are encouraging birds, bees, butterflies, and tree frogs to inhabit their gorgeous garden. Herbs, edibles, and ornamentals mingle in a colourful Comox display.
Nina and Roy have created a garden that is a beautiful oasis for birds, bees and butterflies. With the help of Landscape Designer Karen Cummins, they have a gorgeous and productive space encircling their home. Using sustainable and organic gardening practices they produce an enormous amount of fruit and vegetables for themselves and to share. Native plant species are used throughout their garden to offer habitat and food for local wildlife.
The winners of our first summer photo contest event, Garden Shrubs & Trees, give us a tour of their lovely garden. Large established shrubs, sumptuous weeping vines, and the arching and romantic Kiftsgate Rose that won them the contest.
Wander the gardens of Lorna and Rick in Courtenay, and see their fabulous veg patch, fruit trees and vines, glittering pergola and more!
Come join us for a virtual wander and tour around Colleen’s well established 18 year old garden in Fanny Bay…
For our 2019 season we had 14 members open their gardens over 8 weekends. Pretty impressive sharing!
Upon reflection, it seems that folks who were willing to share their gardens with the other members often prefaced that willingness with “my garden isn’t so special” or “I hope it will look good enough”. I was always delighted to tell them there is no standard for the open garden tours. We are all equal in that we are gardeners creating the outdoor sanctuaries that are special for us and our site and all gardens are welcome to be shared.
This is the garden and time to revel in the splendour and colour of 150 varieties of dahlias integrated into mixed plantings, apple trees and paths.