Ruth Bancroft Garden, Kettle Creek, CA


Itea ilicifolia…I must get me one of these and plant it in front of the setting sun.  This is probably the only plant in these photos I can actually grow on Vancouver Island.  But they made pots for people like me!!!!


So many bloggers, far more knowledgeable than I about succulents, have written about the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Suffice it to say it was as spectacular and more than I expected it to be. So please enjoy my photos, without much commentary.  Not to mention that plants in the garden are not tagged.  We were lucky enough to arrive at the garden along with a Mediterranean garden group and were welcomed to tag along with them on a guided tour.  Too many Botanical names to ever possibly remember flashed by my ears!  I was pen-less and gave up on trying to type names into my iPad…I just decided to wallow, absorb and enjoy. I did buy their new The Bold Dry Garden book, and will hopefully find some names as I peruse the book.


Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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