Some of the Valley’s most spectacular gardens will be on display during Gardens in Bloom.

Some of the Valley’s most spectacular gardens will be on display during Gardens in Bloom.

Gardens in Bloom releases details for this year’s tour

Self-guided tour of 10 spectacular Comox Valley gardens runs June 18 and 19

If you haven’t yet bought your ticket for Gardens in Bloom, the Comox Valley Horticultural Society has released some details about the first five gardens on the tour to pique your interest.

Gardens in Bloom is a self-guided tour of 10 spectacular Comox Valley gardens which runs June 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gardens for this year’s tour were researched and chosen by a team of volunteers led by June Ballantyne and Sonia Gonsalves. The team worked in the wet and chill of winter searching for those gardens that would be most spectacular in June.

“We were looking for diversity in size and types of gardens,” says Ballantyne. “We really think we succeeded in getting a wide range in only 10 gardens.

“The first five gardens on the list show the incredible range of gardens,” adds Gonsalves. “Each one is special in a different way.”

Gonsalves says the first garden of the tour is on a grand scale with a stunning view of Georgia Straight and the Coastal Mountains, while the second is an established garden with a waterfall and dock. The third was built to replace a lawn and features some xeriscaping, something more people are becoming interested in with annual watering restrictions being the new normal.

The next two gardens on the tour are a strong contrast, says Ballantyne.

“Number four is almost a park, with an ocean view and a wonderful Asian-inspired area, while the fifth is a smaller city garden where every inch is filled with fruits, vegetables, climbers, perennials and an amazing number of apples grafted by the owner. There’s even a Belgian fence, a living wall of apple trees.”

The society will release details on the remaining five gardens later this month. Detailed descriptions and a map are included with each ticket. Tickets are $15 each, and can be purchased at Anderton Nursery, Art Knapp Plantland, Blue Heron Books, Home and Garden Gate, Outback Nursery, and Paradise Plants Garden Centre.

Proceeds from Gardens in Bloom are shared with other community groups in support of horticultural pursuits. So far, Gardens in Bloom has supported 31 projects in the Comox Valley.

Gardens in Bloom thanks Island Waterscape, Outback Nursery, Stacie Havas and Thomas Dishlevoy Architecture for their generous support this year.