Gardens on Anderton open Sunday

The Gardens on Anderton open Sunday, just in time to share the joy of new growth for Mother’s Day.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG at the Gardens on Anderton

SPRING HAS SPRUNG at the Gardens on Anderton

With spring finally sprung, the Gardens on Anderton are opening to the public for the 2012 season this Sunday, just in time to share the joy of new growth for Mother’s Day.

The Gardens are tended by over a hundred volunteer gardeners, and hosts are on duty every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to welcome the people of the Comox Valley and their visitors.

You are invited to tour the many imaginative beds, from the new dahlias to the seven-circle labyrinth and the Butterfly and Meditation Gardens.

“We welcome everyone to use our facilities,” says Len Landry, president of the Anderton Therapeutic Garden Society, which operates The Gardens on Anderton “whether for weddings or family gatherings or just relaxing.”

Some office groups and reading clubs hold meetings or picnics at The Gardens, while photography is a natural occupation in the serene surroundings.

The Gardens on Anderton were started by a small dedicated group of individuals who with a generous lease from Anderton Nursery were able to open the Gardens in 1997. The land has been transformed by volunteers over the years into an informal, but purposeful setting featuring an array of beautiful garden spaces. There is a Green Thumb gardening area with raised beds for members with mobility issues and an apiary where one can watch the bees on their busy routes.

A series of summer events will be held in The Gardens on Anderton this year: Watch the paper for announcements. The Gardens on Anderton are located behind Anderton Nursery at 2012 Anderton Rd. on the way to the Little River Ferry.

For more information, call the Gardens at 250-702-4186, or for volunteering information contact Joan at 250-334-3089. Also, check out the Garden’s new website, which features more information and lots of colourful photos (www.gardensonanderton.org).

It’s open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

— Gardens on Anderton