Gardens delight on Cowichan Family Life Association tour

Wisteria flowering over a patio is an eye-catching addition to a Mill Bay garden during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Wisteria flowering over a patio is an eye-catching addition to a Mill Bay garden during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Beautiful bark stands out in a garden on the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Beautiful bark stands out in a garden on the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
A columbine provides a pop of colour in a garden on the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)A columbine provides a pop of colour in a garden on the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Hundreds of rhododendrons in bloom at a Cobble Hill garden wowed attendees of the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Hundreds of rhododendrons in bloom at a Cobble Hill garden wowed attendees of the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Plenty of ideas for gardeners were on display at this garden in Cobble Hill during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Plenty of ideas for gardeners were on display at this garden in Cobble Hill during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
An avid gardener takes a photo of a rhododendron during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)An avid gardener takes a photo of a rhododendron during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Lise McLewin takes a photo at a garden in Cobble Hill during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Lise McLewin takes a photo at a garden in Cobble Hill during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
Poppies and columbine shine in the sun during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)Poppies and columbine shine in the sun during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
A porthole in a boathouse provides a view of a pond at a Cobble Hill Garden during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)A porthole in a boathouse provides a view of a pond at a Cobble Hill Garden during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
A rhododendron towers over viewers at a Mill Bay garden during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)A rhododendron towers over viewers at a Mill Bay garden during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)
A tree trunk provides some interesting architecture at a Mill Bay garden during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)A tree trunk provides some interesting architecture at a Mill Bay garden during the Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour held May 29, 2022. (Andrea Rondeau/Citizen)

The Cowichan Family Life Association’s annual garden tour was a hit after taking two years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Garden lovers from around the region flocked to the six gardens on the tour, which took place on Sunday, May 29.

In all there were more than 350 attendees, though CFLA’s Executive Director Madelaine MacLeod said they were still tallying final numbers. Likewise, she estimated the tour made more than $10,000 for the association. It is the group’s largest fundraiser.

MacLeod said Tour Coordinator Tina Short and everyone who organized the event were pleased with all of the appreciation shown to the garden owners, who are given a book filled with comments from attendees from the tour. The event was further blessed with good weather and the expertise of Master Gardeners who were on hand to answer questions.

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