For the first time since summer 2014, the Comox Valley Horticultural Society is running Gardens in Bloom, a showcase of the best private gardens the Valley has to offer.
“We have a great committee working on this year’s Gardens in Bloom tour,” says GIB committee chair Joanne Gesell. “It’s a great thing for any gardener, whether you’re a novice looking for inspiration or a veteran who’s looking for something new.”
The two-day event is a self-guided tour that will run on June 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 to see 10 different gardens, with a member of the CVHS on hand to greet guests as they arrive.
Visitors spend as much or as little time as they wish at each garden, and a map and guide comes with the ticket.
“The gardens are usually quite varied – rural, urban, small or large, gardens that specialize in shade plants or veggies. There’s a lot to see over the two days,” Gesell adds.
Money raised during this two-day event goes back to the community. In the past Gardens in Bloom has supported horticultural work at Glacier View Lodge, The Views, Cumberland Lodge, Gardens on Anderton, Beachcombers Community School, Dawn to Dawn Community Gardens, and Green Sprouts School Garden Program.
Gesell said that right now the committee is figuring out how this year’s Gardens in Bloom will be special and which gardens will be featured. Members of the public are invited to suggest featured gardens by contacting the CVHS at firstname.lastname@example.org