This is the garden trip of a lifetime and you are invited! The Winnebago County Master Gardeners are sponsoring a trip this summer to visit 13 or more of the most spectacular gardens in the world. Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia have a temperate, sub-Mediterranean climate ideal for gardening that has earned Victoria the nickname of "The Garden City."
The tour departs Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton on Saturday, June 22, and returns Saturday, June 29.
When I began to write about this trip, I thought I'd describe each of the gardens to be visited, but they are all so spectacular, gorgeous, stunning, lovely, magnificent, beautiful, amazing, that there isn't space here to describe them and do them justice. I use those adjectives after just looking at photos on the Internet so I can't imagine what words will be used to describe the actual experience! So I'll just list the gardens and ask that you Google them for more information. I have to warn you - I was sold after looking at just one of them!
Here are the gardens: In Vancouver, B.C.: University of British Columbia Gardens, VanDusen Gardens, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. In Victoria, B.C.: Butterfly Gardens, Butchart Gardens, Beacon Hill Park and James Bay, Horticulture Center of the Pacific, Garden of Lily Maxwell, Historic Rockland Area garden of the Queen's representative, Government House garden, and Ahkhazi Garden.
Between all these gardens you will see huge estate gardens, small private gardens, woodland gardens, Mediterranean gardens, sunken gardens, Japanese gardens, Chinese gardens, rose gardens, Italian gardens, bog gardens, alpine gardens, food gardens, physic gardens, formal ponds, marshes, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, herbs . . . are you ready to go yet?
The tour cost of $2,350 per person, based on double occupancy (single occupancy $2,985) includes round-trip airfare between Appleton and Vancouver, B.C., hotel accommodations for seven nights, evening ferry to Victoria with buffet dinner, ground transportation and admission to all gardens (some guided tours, some self-guided), high tea in Victoria at White Heather tearoom, and a Hop on Hop Off trolley ticket for free day in Vancouver, B.C. During your free day, you may decide to shop on Granville Island, visit the renowned Museum of Anthropology, take in the extensive art scene, or visit the beaches to check out tidal pools.
You will need a United States passport to participate in this tour. If you do not have one, go to www.usps.com and type "passport" in the search box at the upper right or contact the Oshkosh, Neenah or Menasha Post Office for information.
A $1,200 deposit is due March 22; balance due by April 30. Payment should be made to WCMGA and mailed to Roy Anne Moulton, 1434 Silverwood Lane, Neenah, WI 54956.
For more information and a registration form, visit www.winnebagomastergardeners.org and click on the Great Gardens of British Columbia box, contact Roy Anne Moulton at (920) 915-9731 or email email@example.com.