Spend a magical day – or a weekend getaway – touring the remarkable properties of this idyllic island, and find out why this Tour has been deemed “one of Canada’s top horticultural events” by national media.

Visit architecturally stunning homes, gardens by the sea, fairy-tale cottages brimming with perennials, traditional farmsteads, artists’ lairs surrounded by masses of colourful blooms, and permaculture projects that combine style with sustainability. The owners are on hand to share tricks and tips and talk about and the ins and outs of life on a small Gulf island.

This year the Tour features 12 diverse properties. You can be ambitious and aim to explore all of them, or take a leisurely approach, stopping to enjoy art’ studios, woodland walks, heart-lifting ocean views and all the rural charms of this tranquil Island. Recharge at the Community Hall, where local vendors will be offering sweet and savoury treats for your enjoyment.

Cyclists on the Tour can enter in a free draw at the ticket table at the Community Hall. Typically, the Tour’s many guests get around the island by car. Last year, as a way of supporting human-powered, emissions-free and health-enhancing transportation, we launched the cyclists’ draw: anyone cycling around the Tour can enter their name to win one of two gift baskets containing gift cards, yummy things to eat and drink, and beautiful hand-made objects.

Prizes include:

two passes for the Pacific Mist Spa Hydropath at the Kingfisher Resort & Spa
a $100 gift card from Mountain Equipment Coop
a Denman Island Chocolate organic chocolate gift pack
a bicycle helmet from Mountain City Cycles in Courtenay
earrings (from used bicycle parts) from Rose Pedal Jewelry
a gift certificate for a night’s stay at the Riding Fool Hostel
organic coffee from the Denman Island General Store
organic tea from the Denman Island Guest House
a ceramic tea-bowl from Gordon Hutchens
two $20 gift certificates from The Broken Spoke Café and Store, Courtenay

Tickets to the Tour are $20 (kids free): www.denmanconservancy.org/, in selected venues on Vancouver Island (see website for list), or call 250-335-2148. This event, sponsored by Denman Conservancy Association, is a fundraiser for land conservation.

More info, including a full description of all the properties on the Tour, can be found on our blog at www.homeandgardentour.blogspot.com. You can also find us (and like is!) on Facebook for updates and inspiring “sneak preview” photo albums.