Regular GPOD contributor Cherry Ong has been sharing some incredible gardens she visited this year.
I had a chance to visit some gardens on Vancouver Island this August. One of them was Milner Gardens, an impressive natural estate garden.
This garden has a different flavor from the usual floriferous gardens that we see, and I think all you avid gardeners would enjoy and appreciate its personality.
The garden’s history
According to the garden’s website, this garden started as the estate of the Milner family, purchased by Ray Milner in 1939 as an escape from his work in Alberta. His second wife, Veronica Milner, was a British aristocrat related to such figures as Winston Churchill and Diana, Princess of Wales. She was also an artist and a passionate gardener. Veronica helped to shape the gardens on the estate, and added many rare and unusual trees she collected on trips abroad with her husband. The Milners called their estate “Long Distance.” After it was acquired by Vancouver Island University in 1996, the name was changed to the Milner Gardens.
This building is nearly completely covered with Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata, Zones 4–8).
A garden structure and a bench provide a spot to sit and enjoy a sculpture and the trees beyond.
I love the hints of the garden just visible through this opening in the structure and vine.
Green, green, and more green. No need for flowers here—this is a profoundly soothing space.
And there are some pretty incredible views. I love that this garden is now open to the public so everyone can enjoy it.
A statue of a heron in the lush greenery
This building is nearly swallowed up in blooming hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9).
Even a back corner with greenhouses is beautiful with pots of flowers.
Broad steps invite you up to explore the garden beyond.
Perfectly still, mirrorlike water reflects a mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin, Zones 6–9) in full bloom.
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