Thursday

The 2018 East Vancouver Garden Tour! Sunday, June 17th!

 Hello Fellow Garden Lovers!

The 2018 East Vancouver Garden Tour is on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17th. Like other years, this year's tour will be walkable, and we have already started lining up some delightful gardens for your touring pleasure!

Our home base is at Figaro's Garden Centre (1896 Victoria Drive at 3rd Avenue).




You can purchase tickets starting around May 1.

There are THREE ways to get tickets. You can get them through Eventbrite, at Britannia, and/or at Figaro's Garden:

  • Click on the "buy tickets" link to get your tickets online (note that there's a small Eventbrite service charge on top of the $15 for the ticket)
  • Or ... order your tickets for the tour at Britannia Centre's Info Centre, 1661 Napier, either in person or by phone at 604-718-5800
  • Or ... drop in to Figaro's Garden to buy tickets (in person and $15 — cash only)

(We recommend that you sign up for the tour ahead of time to avoid disappointment. It's very popular, and, although we will have some cash-only tickets available at Figaro's on the day of the tour, tickets are limited and we have been known to sell out.)

On the day of the tour, you start at Figaro's, check in, pick up your tour map, enjoy coffee, juice, and goodies (by donation), and then head off to the gardens.

The tour runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but this is not an event you need to come to right on time. We often get a big rush of people right at 10:00, but there's no need to hurry. You can come and go as you please. You'll see exactly the same gardens if you get started at 11:00 or noon or 1:00 or even as late as 2:00! (Do, however, make sure you leave yourself enough time to see all the gardens! We don't recommend starting the tour after 2:00.)

You could, for example, pick up your tour map at 11:00, go visit a few gardens, stroll over to Commercial Drive for a leisurely lunch, and then come back to see the rest of the gardens on the tour. Do, however, plan on being done by 4:00!








Important: Sorry, but most gardens are not stroller- or wheelchair-accessible, children must be 12 years or older or babes in arms, and pets are not allowed. Also, unless you get the gardeners' permission, photos are not allowed.

People who attend the tour will get a one-time 20% discount at Figaro's, starting on the day of the tour and running through July 1st (Canada Day).

Also, you may want to get on the Figaro's e-mail list; if you do, they will let you know about special seasonal discounts and sales for their regular customers. To get on their list, just e-mail info@figarosgarden.ca, and let them know.

Wednesday

Finding Gardens for Future Tours!

As usual, for this year's tour, Sandy, Janet, Ann, Pat, and Jo will be scouting out good gardens in our target area.

We prefer to cluster our gardens in a relatively small area so that the whole tour is walkable, but we do like to save up suggestions of splendid gardens for future tours!

If you know of an East Side garden that you think deserves to be featured on the Tour (or, for that matter, if you'd like to have your own garden on the Tour), please get in touch. Send an e-mail to britannianeighbours@gmail.com.

A couple of Commercial Drive "locals" enjoying the Napier Square Greenway... The Garden Tour is a fundraiser for Britannia Neighbours, the volunteer group that maintains the Greenway. Proceeds pay for watering, litter pick-up, gardening supplies, plants, etc.




Sunday

Volunteering for the Garden Tour!

Let us know if you would like to help us organize next year's tour ...
Or if you would like to volunteer to help with publicity just before the tour ...

Also, we always need garden sitters on the day of the tour!
If you have time to volunteer for a three-hour shift (10:00-1:00 or 1:00-4:00) as a garden-sitter in one of our beautiful gardens this year, you can take the rest of the tour for free!
If you're available, please send an e-mail to britneighbours@gmail.com.

The self-guided tour runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



Wednesday

Who organizes and profits from the East Side Garden Tour?

The Garden Tour is organized by Britannia Neighbours. The proceeds from the Garden Tour go to help fund Britannia Neighbours' projects for the year.

Britannia Neighbours is a community-based volunteer group dedicated to the greening and beautification of our East Vancouver neighbourhood. Besides putting on the Garden Tour every year, we are also the group that started the Grandview Garden Club. We work with the City of Vancouver Green Streets Program, which encourages community volunteers to beautify and maintain the City's greenways, boulevards, traffic circles, and corner bulges. Britannia Community Centre sponsors Britannia Neighbours and our various activities by providing storage, meeting space, and a snail-mail address (and a mailbox at Brit). We also collaborate with other community organizations, including Britannia Elementary School, the Britannia Branch of the Vancouver Public Library, Figaro's Garden Centre, and the Kettle Friendship Society.

Join us! We always welcome new workers, members, and neighbours! Send us a message to volunteer with us in the Greenway — it's fun! — or to get on our e-mail list.

We have a Britannia Neighbours blog and our e-mail address is britneighbours@gmail.com. (That e-mail serves Britannia Neighbours and the East Vancouver Garden Tour.)