This is a garden you won’t want to miss.
There is a large property on the east side of Taylor Road, carved out of the forest 36 years ago. With lofty southeast views over to Passage Island and the Point Grey peninsula, this is not a property that has been open to the public before. But next weekend it is the site of the Garden Club’s second open garden of the year. It is sure to entrance visitors.
The partially fenced garden has matured over more than three decades and is packed with splendid rhodos, azaleas, fruit trees, a fine magnolia, a stunning pink champagne clematis and a large vegetable garden with an extensive strawberry bed and enough rhubarb for an eternity of Sunday pies. Don’t miss the stone pile created during the clearing of the property. It resembles a tumulus of those long gone.
There is a particularly splendid tree fort with a charming miniature house at its foot. An outer garden, still largely in a state of nature, can be explored by a winding pathway through the forest. Don’t miss the seated Buddha, the wayside cairns and the numerous small fenced lots for a veggie gardener who just can’t get enough fresh produce on the table!
Janet and Bob Sims will host the second open garden of the season at 823 Taylor Road on Sunday, May 26 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Non-members are welcome for a small fee but with an option to buy a full membership on-site. Refreshments will be available to sustain visitors in the thirsty work of talking plants and gardens.