We’re out on the road again with friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong, who has sent in photos of another of the many beautiful gardens she’s had the chance to visit this year.
Today I’m sharing some photos of this charming garden we serendipitously found on our road trip on Vancouver Island this August. The Gardens on Anderton is a community garden in Comox, British Columbia, run purely by volunteers. As you can see, the dahlia garden is wonderful! Admission is by donation, so if you visit, please donate generously.
Wow! Look at those huge plantings of incredible dahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–11 or as an annual). Dahlias bloom most of the summer but always peak as summer turns into fall.
But it isn’t just dahlias—beautiful layers of plants fill the garden here, with tall Verbena bonariensis (Zones 7–10 or as an annual) in the foreground.
A simply elegant planting of a single lavender plant (Lavandula sp., Zones 5–9) in a container
This beautiful little water garden is wrapped in a lush planting of shrubs and perennials.
It’s hard to believe that this incredible space is run entirely by volunteers. What a labor of love!
I love the pops of blue color from the window boxes and window frames.
Back to the dahlias. Dahlias come in a dazzlingly wide range of colors and forms and heights. I love how this planting starts in warm salmon tones at the left and then transforms into shades of pink to the right.
A simple dahlia with just a single layer of white petals
This dahlia has a totally different, but equally beautiful, look with its layers and layers of narrow salmon petals.
One last look at this beautiful garden. Thanks for taking us to visit, Cherry!
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Beautiful garden. What a great find! Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome. Hope you’ll get a chance to visit one day.
Thank you, Cherry, for sharing this wonderful garden.
That gorgeous garden must take a ton of volunteer gardeners!
How nice that this garden has brought together so many who love gardening in a collaborative effort- and very successfully!
I think their community is very lucky to have both the garden and all the volunteers especially during this time of COVID. Hope they always receive support including monetary from its visitors, donors and the community.
Thank you, Cherry, for calling attention to this beautiful volunteer run garden!
What a great find, Cherry. Lots of work and fun with fellow community gardeners.
Interesting tidbit…There is a nursery right in the front and it is for sale along with the residence too.
What an interesting opportunity!
What a magnificent garden these wonderful volunteers have created! It's as nice as any "professional" public garden I've seen and they are to be greatly commended. Hope they get lots of visitors and donations!
Please spread the word. I chanced upon their garden serendipitously after driving off the ferry. So thankful I did.
Thanks for sharing this great little garden. Maybe , after covid, when we can get back to Vancouver Island, we can search it out!
I hope you can!
I love your little garden ideas. Thank you for sharing.
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