About the Conservancy

All proceeds go to the Denman Conservancy Association, a volunteer organization formed to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of the human and natural environment of Denman Island. With the support of this Tour, the Denman Conservancy (a Registered Charity) has protected over 700 acres of Denman Island. Find out more about this organization and the wonderful work they do here.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Online Ticket Sales End at Noon Friday, June 12

If you still want to attend, but have not yet booked, don't despair - tickets are still available at our retail venues, as well as at the Community Hall on the June 13 & 14. See you there!

BOWSER Salish Sea Market
CAMPBELL RIVER Apple Seed Cottages
COMOX Blue Heron Books
COURTENAY Art Knapp Garden Centre, Home and Garden Gate
CUMBERLAND Rusty Rooster
DENMAN ISLAND General Store, Abraxas Books, Denman Craft Shop
DUNCAN Volume One Book Store
HORNBY ISLAND Hornby Island Gas Bar
PARKSVILLE Cultivate Garden and Gift
NANAIMO Long Lake Nursery
QUALICUM Ken-Dor Garden Center, Arrowsmith Garden
VICTORIA Dig This Oak Bay

Monday, 8 June 2015

Yummy! Here's Home and Garden Tour Lunch Menu

As though you needed one more reason to attend: the eats are going to be great! A home cooked lunch will be available in the Community Hall both days of the Home and Garden Tour 11-3. Here are the delicious offerings...
Southwest Chicken Wraps
Southwest Vegi Wraps
Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
Orzo Greek Salad
Green Salad
Tomato Red Lentil Soup

A variety of baked sweet treats will also be available.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Extraordinary Insight: Guest Blog By Des Kennedy

Phyllis Brewer's extraordinary garden is sure to elicit oohs and aahs this year
Throwing open your garden gates for visitors on the home and garden tour – as Sandy and I have done a score of times over the past quarter century – is a hugely rewarding experience. The Oohs and Aahs of appreciative visitors. The extravagant compliments paid. The overheard comments. Earnest questions put forward as though one were indeed a gardening guru whose advice on horticultural complexities might be reliably sought. Yes, the head tends to swell. The chest to puff up. The ego to purr contentedly beneath so many soft strokes of flattery.

This year we’re denied these pleasures due to medical issues, so we’ll be experiencing the tour from the other side, as tour-goers rather than hosts. And here the pleasures, though of a different sort, are comparably rewarding. There’s amusement in being part of a merry troupe proceeding from one garden to the next in the complicity of joy that gardeners share. And whether you’re seeing a garden for the first time, or returning to an old favourite, there’s much to discover, to take delight in and to learn from. Same with the homes that are open.

Because so many of the Denman properties function on unconventional principles, you find yourself marveling at the ingenuity of people, their inventiveness and audacity. Clever installations and plant combinations that plainly weren’t dictated by any plodding manual. Homegrown architectural features unimaginable in big box thinking. Organic fruits and vegetables robust enough to rout Monsanto. It’s all hands-on work, the fabric of passion, creations of energetic and artistic dreamers.
Seeing a diversity of these places in sequence, as one gets to do on the tour, can provoke a lovely sensation, something to do with the possibility of hope and joy even in troubled times like our own. You come away from the experience feeling refreshed and re-inspired (and perhaps just a titch envious too, envy being a vice widely tolerated within the gardening community.)

The proceeds from the Home and Garden tour help the
Denman Conservancy protect beauties such this starflower 
The final bonus is that by attending the tour you’ve contributed to the good work of Denman Conservancy, a grassroots organization with a decades-long track record of protecting the island’s ecosystems.

So rewards aplenty await. See you on the tour.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Cycling the Tour

Typically, the Tour's many guests get around the island by car. Last year, as a way of supporting human-powered, emissions-free and health-enhancing transportation, we launched the cyclists' draw: anyone cycling around the Tour can enter their name to win one of two gift baskets containing gift cards, yummy things to eat and drink, and beautiful hand-made objects. 

Last year we had 108 people enter the draw and we hope and expect to exceed that amount this year, turning Denman Island into cycletopia for the weekend. The visible presence of many cyclists added a much-appreciated "green transportation" value to the Tour, which raises money for conservation on the island. This year, the Island has a new all-purpose trail set apart from the main road which offers cyclists a safer, more tranquil option.

This year's Tour, which takes place June 13 and 14, includes a spectacular rose garden, a permaculture farm, houses made of natural clay and local wood, Denman's first commercial vineyard, soaring views and cozy hollows, and the Denman Island Chocolate Factory, showcasing a new green roof. For more information, check out our website at http://www.denman-conservancy.org/home-and-garden-tour/ or find us on Facebook under Denman Island Home and Garden Tour. 

Here is a list of prizes assembled so far:

  • two passes for the Pacific Mist Spa Hydropath at the Kingfisher Resort & Spa
  • a $100 gift card from Mountain Equipment Coop
  • a Denman Island Chocolate organic chocolate gift pack
  • a bicycle helmet from Mountain City Cycles in Courtenay
  • earrings (from used bicycle parts) from Rose Pedal Jewelry
  • a gift certificate for a night's stay at the Riding Fool Hostel
  • organic coffee from the Denman Island General Store
  • organic tea from the Denman Island Guest House
  • a ceramic tea-bowl from Gordon Hutchens   
  • 3-hour free electric bike rental from Pedego Electric Bikes in Qulaicum
  •  two $20 gift certificates from The Borken Spoke Cafe and Store, Courtenay

To enter the draw, once you arrive on the Island for the Tour, come to the Denman Community Hall front porch and you'll find us at the Cyclists' Draw Table.

What's more, you can rent an electric bike to go on the Denman Island Home & Garden Tour with Pedego Electric Bikes-- you can pick the bike up at Buckley Bay, get basic instructions, walk the bike onto the ferry (thus saving money AND avoiding line-ups) and get exercise while soaking in beauty and inspiration. It's not too late to call and book a bike: http://www.pedegoqualicumbeach.ca/

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The best kind of Mother's Day gift

It's beautiful, unbreakable, one size fits all, and extra eco-friendly: consider surprising your Mom with a ticket to the Denman Island Home and Garden Tour June 13 & 14. Apart from a magical day exploring the nooks and crannies of this horticultural paradise and gathering garden inspiration, you'll also be honouring Mother Earth - helping the Denman Conservancy Association protect over 700 acres of land on this fragile island.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Early Bird tickets until May 15th!!

Get your tickets now for this fabulous event! Visitors return to this Tour year after year, some from all over the world, to enjoy an event that the Globe & Mail deemed “one of Canada's top six horticultural events” and the Victoria Times-Colonist has called “a much-anticipated highlight of Spring.” This year, the Tour features 12 wonderful properties, some on display for the first time ever.

a few of Phylis Brewer's gorgeous roses

The tour includes architectural wonders, showy blooms, cozy cottages brimming with perennials, traditional farmsteads, artists' lairs, and back-to-the-land projects that show us just what sustainability looks like in the 21st Century.

On your Tour 'round the Island, you'll see examples of natural building techniques, gardens by the sea, outstanding views, innovative sustainability practices, work from Denman's finest artists and sculptors, and much more. Enjoy a home-made lunch at the Denman Hall or an idyllic picnic by the banks of a pond, and if you have any extra time or energy, stop by one of the many artists' and potters' studios on the Island.

For more info, have a look at the properties highlighted to the left, and get a glimpse of what's in store. You can also find us (and like us) on Facebook, where we post updates and a little behind-the-scenes details as the date draws near.

Early bird pricing is in effect until May 15. All proceeds from the Tour go to the Denman Conservancy Association, a registered charity which, with the support of this Tour, has protected over 700 acres of Denman Island