Today, MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard spoke about the Gardens on Anderton in the Legislature. You can watch the video here, or read the transcript below.
As you drive through the fertile farmlands of the Comox Valley, on your way to the Little River ferry, you’ll pass a welcoming place called the Gardens on Anderton. Turning in, you’re treated to an oasis of calm and beauty, as well as a place of quiet industry where contact with the earth brings joy and fulfilment. It draws thousands of people every year, and it’s operated by the Anderton therapeutic gardens society. It’s 100 percent volunteer-run.
Their mission? To promote the health and wellness of their volunteers, as well as visitors. Jackie Holt is the incoming president, recently retired as a general manager of a local seniors home. There’s a lot of talent there. She’s forward-looking and wants to make the most of the gardens.
The 36 allotments of raised beds are only the beginning. There is an enclosed walking loop that is safe for folks with dementia to commune with the great outdoors, including checking out an eagle’s nest. There’s a labyrinth to navigate and a meditation garden. You can also experience a peaceful reflecting pond, a butterfly garden and a rose garden.
With seniors in mind, the volunteers organize regular tea time on Thursdays. Then there are annual events, starting Mother’s Day when the gardens open, ten to four every day through September. You can enjoy National Garden Day, Celtic Day, the Mama Bear’s picnic for families, even jazz concerts. You can pack your own picnic, stroll the gardens, and there’s even a covered stage and meeting areas for weddings, celebrations of life and other gatherings.
Volunteers are always welcome. There’s a contingent of 50 volunteers who keep the gardens beautiful and in working order, play host and run this amazing place. The motto of the Gardens on Anderton? “It’s where growth happens.”