Denman Island Home and Garden Tour in June

Start planning now so you don't miss the enchanting Denman Island Home and Garden Tour on June 15 and 16.

Start planning now so you don’t miss the enchanting Denman Island Home and Garden Tour on June 15 and 16.

From now until May 15, tickets are available at a discounted rate. Purchase tickets online at www.denman-conservancy.org/home-and-garden-tour or to arrange alternate payment or enquire about group discounts call 250-335-2148 or e-mail denmanisland.hgt@gmail.com.

Visitors return to this tour year after year, some from all over the world, to enjoy an event that the Globe and Mail deemed “one of Canada’s top six horticultural events” and the Victoria Times-Colonist has called “a much-anticipated highlight of spring.”

This year the tour turns 20 and features 12 wonderful properties, some on display for the first time ever.

Award-winning garden writer and broadcaster Des Kennedy and his partner Sandy return after a six-year hiatus. Their extensive gardens are pure enchantment.

You could spend hours wandering through their hand-crafted arbours, stone paths, and terraces, or sitting on the deck beside the cascade and pond, gazing at the masses of blooming delphiniums, old roses, herbaceous peonies and clematis.

This is just one highlight of a tour that includes architectural wonders, showy blooms, cozy cottages brimming with perennials, traditional farmsteads, artists’ lairs, and back-to-the-land projects that show us just what sustainability looks like in the 21st century.

On your tour ’round the Island, you’ll see examples of natural building techniques, a secret garden nestled alongside a magical marsh, gardens by the sea, outstanding views, innovative sustainability practices, work from Denman’s finest artists and sculptors, and much more.

Enjoy a home-made lunch at the charismatic Denman Hall or a idyllic picnic by the banks of a pond, and if you have any extra time or energy, stop by one of the many artists’ and potters’ studios on the Island.

For more info about the tour, including our soon-to-be-launched blog featuring guest writer Des Kennedy, go to www.denman-conservancy.org/home-and-garden-tour. You can also find us (and like us) on Facebook.

All proceeds from the tour go to the Denman Conservancy Association, a registered charity which, with the support of this tour, has protected over 700 acres of Denman Island.

— Denman Island Home and Garden Tour