Elise Leblanc (left) and Brodie Lee Dawson will be playing a concert on opening weekend at the Innisfree Farm & Botanical Garden, Sunday, Jun 20. Space is limited so book your space soon. Photos supplied

Elise Leblanc (left) and Brodie Lee Dawson will be playing a concert on opening weekend at the Innisfree Farm & Botanical Garden, Sunday, Jun 20. Space is limited so book your space soon. Photos supplied

Comox Valley’s Innisfree Botanical Gardens set to open for season

With the COVID restrictions loosened up, Innisfree Farm & Botanic Garden will be fully open starting Friday, June 18.

From the Green Dream Café to the Farm Shop, nursery and seven acres of themed gardens, there’s plenty for the visitor to explore and enjoy. The lawn concerts, which were extremely popular last year, will also be returning.

“This year, we’ve combined the monthly concerts with the English tradition of afternoon tea,” said Chanchal Cabrera, who, along with her husband, Thierry Vrain own Innisfree. “We are so pleased to welcome back two of the local musicians who played last year, Brodie Lee Dawson and Elise LeBlanc. Each month, they will be inviting a fellow musician to join them. For the first concert on Sunday, June 20, Blaine Dunaway, a talented and well-respected musician up and down the Island, will be joining them and we are very excited about it.”

And the musicians are just as excited.

“Playing a concert at Innisfree farm is medicine for the soul. The musicians feel it, the crowd feels it – It’s a magical exchange!” said Dawson.

“We’re also happy to be opening the Green Dream Cafe on June 18, but we heard everyone loud and clear; we’re keeping our picnic baskets on the menu,” said Cabrera. “While the cafe will be open every Friday and Saturday for home baking and hot and cold drinks, the picnic baskets will be available on Saturdays by pre-order, starting June 19.”

Innisfree Farm & Botanic Garden is open to the public every Friday and Saturday from June 18 to mid-September and welcomes everyone to come out and enjoy exploring the seven acres of themed gardens, including the new bee and butterfly beds, sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation and the new Native Medicinals garden, sponsored by the Global Garden Fund.

For more information and to purchase Sunday Afternoon Tea & Music tickets or to order Saturday Picnic Baskets (pre-order deadline June 16, 11:59 p.m. for both), visit Innisfree’s website at www.innisfreefarm.ca Please note, COVID protocols are in place and the farm is limited to 50 guests at a time.

ALSO: Comox’s Gardens on Anderton now open for the season

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Innisfree Farm & Botanical Garden opens for the season on June 18. Photo via innisfreefarm.ca

Innisfree Farm & Botanical Garden opens for the season on June 18. Photo via innisfreefarm.ca

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