Credit: Photo Milner Gardens and Woodland

After tending the garden for more than 40 years, Milner regarded the 24 hectares of woodland and four hectares of garden as her legacy and campaigned to save it for perpetuity. Her dream was realized in 1996 and the garden was transferred to Malaspina University-College. After extensive renovations the estate was opened to the public last year, three years after Milner’s death. Milner Gardens and Woodland includes a food garden, a water garden feature, a flourishing cut-flower garden and more. Milner Gardens horticulturalist Geoff Ball singles out the extensive rhododendron collection as a spring highlight. “The first rhododendrons bloom in late February/early March and continue into August. They really peak from the third week of April into May.” Of course, many different bulbs spill their beauty into the landscape – tulips, winter aconite, crocus, narcissus and scilla all contribute to the celebration of spring. The garden is open to a limited number of guests each day. For further information call 250-752-6153.