Thursday May 15, 2014
This year on returning to the Sunshine Coast we want to feature the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society and their recently donated collection of very special rhododendrons from Alleyne and Barbara Cook’s North Vancouver garden.
The volunteers at the Botanical Garden will conduct garden tours for our group then after lunch we will have the opportunity to visit the private coastal gardens of three extraordinary gardeners: Bill Terry, Liz MacPhail, and Ali Thompson. Some of the Meconopsis in Bill Terry’s garden should be in bloom, including Meconopsis punicea, a rarity.
The ‘Plan for the Day’ is to catch the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale at 9:25am, drive directly to the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden (directions to be provided), tour the garden, then enjoy your picnic lunch (bring your own lunch) on the garden terrace (tea and coffee may be available for purchase) before heading out for the afternoon, visiting these three outstanding private gardens on the drive back to the ferry.
By May 1 we will send out a special open garden notice on the May 15 Encore Tour with specific and descriptive information on all the gardens, i.e., transportation, directions to the botanical garden and three open gardens.
Photos on this page are courtesy of Bill Terry