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Fabulous blooms on the garden tour...
Events · 26th June 2010
Eileen Mackay
The Quadra Island Quilt and Garden Tour, June 26 and 27, once again brings together the talents of both gardeners and quilters. As unique as its inhabitants, the gardens of Quadra come in all sorts of sizes and designs. On the tour this year there is a large green roof which was designed by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, the leading authority on green roofs in Canada and her assistant Elisabeth Whitelaw. It was built by a former local islander, Shane Tillapaugh of Eco Island Gardenscapes. Looking at the roof, you could be on one of the island’s many rocky outcrops. Other gardens are reminiscent of early homesteads, Welsh gardens strewn with poppies, and more formal gardens with lots of hardscape. Our new Community Garden which celebrated its first birthday this spring shows what can be grown on old pasture when there is a will, strong backs and lots of volunteers.

Six of the gardens will feature quilts, none of which have been shown before. Many are traditional quilts, including this year’s mystery quilts which have the same blocks very differently arranged. There is also a series of Journal Art Quilts produced by five members of the Cyber Fibres, a wide spread group of fibre artists. These small quilts are made monthly based on a given theme. A Quilters Boutique located at the Community Garden will be a great place to pick up those early Christmas gifts.

Tickets for the tour are $12, and are good for both days. The tickets are on sale at Serendipity in the Garden and the Visitors Information Centre in Campbell River. On the days of the tour tickets are available at the Quadra Tourist Information Booth. Look out your BC Ferries Experience Card (car & driver: $16.10 return), put on your sun hat, join up with some friends and cross the Passage to enter a different world. The gardens are open both days from 10 am to 4pm. Enjoy a picnic at our new Eco-Centre where you can watch the fry being fed, and learn about the interconnectedness of salmon & watersheds. End the day at South End Farm vineyards where the tasting room will be open. The long distance weather forecast is very promising so give yourself a day off and head to Quadra Island.
A roof garden to inspire!
A roof garden to inspire!