Over 200 gardening enthusiasts turned up at Heritage Hydrangeas’ Open Garden Day to view the vast display of over 130 varieties of hydrangea – the largest collection in Canada.
The vast majority of visitors were local gardeners, but members of other garden clubs from as far away as Squamish and Hope arrived by the bus-load.
Did they come simply to see the largest collection of hydrangeas in Canada or did they come to see what damage had been caused by the three-month drought? All hydrangeas had been instructed to be at their blooming best on July 5th but some suffered from premature flowering others from shyness or maybe some were just recalcitrant. The recent hot weather had brought many into bloom a week or two earlier than usual and some were showing signs of sun-burn, but overall the hydrangea display was magnificent.
In the weeks prior to the Open Day, the head gardener had been busy watering the garden at 5:30 a.m. each morning retiring indoors by 11:00 a.m. before he, too, wilted in the hot sun.
The heroes and heroines of the Open Garden 2015 were, of course, all the people who gave their support to this event. But the stars of the show were the hydrangeas: