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Local Voices – Creating a Garden

January 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Photo Credit: Bert McBride

Creating a Garden

In partnership with the West Vancouver Memorial Library, WVHS is breaking ground with Local Voices, a new series of community conversations that explores our community, as it was and as it is, in the words of the people who live here. Learn about your neighbours, who they are and why they chose to make their home in West Vancouver.

Join us on January 9, 2019 when the first edition of the Local Voices series, Creating a Garden will dig deep into the fertile ground of West Vancouver.

Neighbourhood character, local history and the inspiration of our rugged topography informs this fresh view of West Vancouver’s gardens. West Vancouver’s gardens, established over time or instantly installed, created by dedicated amateurs or by skilled professionals, reflect the changing nature of our community’s character.

At Creating a Garden, we will look into the past from the perspective of a writer, learn how a local garden was built to enhance its neighbourhood, and hear how a newcomer to to our community created a bountiful vegetable garden. Yes, we can expect to harvest one or two gardening tips from our local experts.

Moderator: Laura Anderson, West Vancouver Historical Society.


Tish Davis – “My Garden”. Tish was born into a family of gardeners. Trained as a botanist, she has created gardens wherever she has made her home. Her garden was built to enhance and bring pleasure to her neighbourhood.

Michael Kluckner – “Julia’s Caulfeild Garden”. Michael will talk about Julia Henshaw and the garden she created as a resident of Caulfeild in the early years of the previous century. Michael is an artist, author, historian and currently president of Vancouver Historical Society. Michael was founding President of the Heritage Vancouver Society. He served as the British Columbia member of the Board of Governors of the Heritage Canada Foundation.

Nora Gambioli – “My Father’s Garden”.  Remo Gambioli left the family farm in Italy to make his home in Horseshoe Bay. He worked hard as a stone mason but the work Remo loved most was gardening. He worked every day in his enormous fruit and vegetable garden, widely known in the community for its abundance and variety. Nora is a teacher, and lawyer and, since 2011, a municipal councillor in West Vancouver.


January 9
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Welsh Hall, West Vancouver Memorial Library
1950 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC V7V 1J8 Canada
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604 925 7400


West Vancouver Historical Society
778 279 2235