It All Began in a Garden - UIV Milner Gardens Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, Bc

It's back to Vancouver Island for this virtual garden walkabout - hopefully by next Spring we will be able to visit this beautiful place in person once again, maybe even this Fall.

Rated one of the 10 best public gardens in Canada by Canadian Geographic Travel it is small wonder why it is one of my favourite places to visit when on the island. It is a wonderful blend of woodlands and floral gardens and contains an impressive collection of rhododendrons. I have no idea how many, but trust me - there's a lot.

I am so busy photographing and enjoying these beauties I pay no heed to the names - sorry.

Shades of pinks & purples.

So many shades of red - they may knock your socks off

Yellows and creams aplenty

Positively elegant whites

But before you arrive at these collections you have some walking to do through peaceful woodlands. On one visit there where special guests along the way who had been created using "found" materials.

They were whimsical and totally charming

As you stroll towards the main grounds you will be treated to any number of lovely sights.
manicured lawns
and blossoms growing in wild abandon.

Arriving at the Grand Lawn you will be greeted by the most lovely house. I can imagine having afternoon tea on the verandah and being quite at peace.

Tea is served daily and is just what is needed to enjoy the total experience.

Perhaps I will meet one of this little guys brothers or sisters when next I visit.

There is a beautiful collections of columbines to be enjoyed as well.

Mrs. Milner was a devoted conservationist and gardener. She studied woody plants and shrubs so it is to be expected that there is an amazing collection of all sorts of flowering shrubs on the grounds as well.

Garden statuary throughout.

As well as some strange and interesting looking other plants.

Mother Nature has certainly blessed this special place.

Created By
Cathy Bennington


C. J. Bennington Fine Art Photography