The Denman Island Home & Garden Tour will be held June 10 and 11, 2017. This unique and inspiring Tour has long been considered one of BC’s top horticultural events. Every two years our tranquil island throws open its garden gates, inviting the public for a rare up-close look at the creativity, skill and passion Denman residents pour into their properties. The gardens are lush, imaginative and bountiful; the houses offer exquisite craftsmanship, with unique island touches. On the tour you can wander through profusions of blooms, stroll past quiet ponds and marvel at mature production gardens.
All proceeds go to the Denman Conservancy Association, a Registered Charity which, with the support of this Tour, has protected over 700 acres of Denman Island.
Tour the Gardens by bicycle? An excellent choice. More information about cycling the Tour
Some of the Homes and Gardens on the 2017 Tour:
Anne deCosson and Larry Berg, East Cider Apple Orchard
Welcome to East Cider Apple Orchard and the home of Anne and Larry. Wander through the orchard which has 80 different apple varieties, have a look at the trusted and true yet brand new Austrian apple press and try some delicious juice! Anne and Larry came to the land 38 years ago and found a forest that engulfed some old apple trees. Inspired by these old giants they set out on their own orchard mission. The orchard, home and vegetable garden are all open for visitors.
Linda and Glen Pollit
Meander down through the old growth forest, past the dried up creek bed and find yourself in a meticulous yet magical garden. The flowing contours of the low box hedges, the huge variety of plants, the lilies, the roses and the view North across the beach to the Coast Mountains make this garden a jaw dropper. The driftwood gazebo, the shady seating area, the vegetable garden and the sun drenched centre are all distinct rooms created with an eye for elegance.
Sam and Emily, Two Roads Farm
In just a few years this dynamic couple have established a productive farm with gardens, greenhouses, pigs and chickens. Learn about their model of organic intensive market gardening and their smart greenhouse construction and tomato trellis system. Visit the farm animals, check out the walk-behind tractor and buy vegetables and sausage rolls at the farm stand. The house is not on display but there will be a model of its unique construction, a technique primarily used in industrial buildings.
Serendipity brought Tim to Denman Island 6 years ago and within a month he was in love with the place. With the luck of the open hearted he found somewhere to create a tiny home and enact his permaculture experiments. He has created an exuberant garden with a flourishing self-seeding perennial polyculture full of edible flowers, greens and vegetables. Chickens, pigs and geese help him fertilize and prepare the soil and they play an important part in his garden’s succession from pasture to food forest.
Tim’s tiny home is a co-creation with a local cabinet maker and it features rounded shapes, big windows and an open floor plan. An inspiration for simple living, this tiny house is off grid, has a small footprint and is an automatic generosity accelerator – you just keep on giving things away.
Rick and Ann Paisley
When the property next to an old school friend on Denman Island became available, Rick and Ann knew their escape from the city was there. Lifetime lovers of all things ocean and garden, they had their home beautifully designed to focus on the Baynes Sound out the front and the whimsical garden out back. This beautiful West Cosast timber home brings the beach indoors with all sorts of interesting treasures from years of kayaking trips. The full and wild looking courtyard garden is especially impressive considering it is unfenced, on a slope, sits on rocks and clay and is only four years old. Not to be missed is a small but very productive vegetable garden, the only fenced garden on the property.
You will also see Homes and Gardens by:
Annie and Hamish Kimmins
And more yet to be confirmed.
For Des Kennedy’s personal invitation to the 2013 Tour:
A collection of Home and Garden Tour pictures
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