Rupertities donned their Sunday best this past weekend as hundreds of garden enthusiasts took part in the annual Prince Rupert Garden Club’s Garden Tour and Tea.
The event has become a can’t miss tradition among the town’s green thumbs, who spent the afternoon touring half a dozen show gardens before attending a tea party at Andrée Fawcett’s house — which itself boasts a yard worthy of the tour.
Fawcett is the president of the Garden Club and project manager of the town’s iconic Sunken Gardens, which the club has been in charge of maintaining since 2003. In addition to showing off gardening tips and techniques, the tour acts as the major fundraiser of the year for the club to raise money for the landmark.
“We started doing the garden tour many years ago because so many people were coming up to the garden club members and saying comments like you can’t grow anything in Prince Rupert,” Fawcett said. “So we decided, it’s time to show and tell.”
“It’s really inspired a lot of gardeners to take up gardening, or to tweak their gardens and get new ideas. That’s one of the main reasons we started it, and then it developed into a fundraiser for the Sunken Gardens,” Fawcett explained.
The gardens featured on the tour spanned from Omineca Ave. to 11th Ave. East, each featuring its own aesthetic. From Sharon and John Trew’s worm-based compost system, to Dolly Harasym’s fruit and vegetable array, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
“We’re not looking for the perfect garden, this is not Victoria,” Fawcett said, referencing what are generally seen as the premier gardens in the province.
|Andrée Fawcett’s backyard patio provided a scenic setting for the event. (Alex Kurial / The Northern View)|
“We’re looking for gardens that are unique. Everybody’s got a different style of gardening, so we’re always looking for ideas that we can take away from someone’s garden.”
Equally as extravagant was the tea party that took place when everyone had finished the tour. Fawcett’s 1920s-era home serves as the perfect setting for the gathering.
|(Alex Kurial / The Northern View)|
“We decided many years ago when we were doing this that we were going to have the proper English tea,” explained Fawcett. Her and a group of volunteers spent the morning preparing enough treats to satisfy the crowd that would soon fill her house — a crowd that has come to eagerly anticipate the offerings at the yearly gathering.
For Fawcett and the Garden Club it’s now back to work on the Sunken Gardens, while no doubt also thinking ahead to what should be featured on next year’s tour.
Alex Kurial | Journalist
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