Saturday, 2 September 2017

Checking out the Artisans’ Festival at the Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens

By Keith and Heather Nicol
Most exhibitors are situated in small meadows
     We had not been to the Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens before so when they were holding their 15th annual artists’ festival we decided to visit this 24 acre site.  With close to 80 exhibitors which featured everything from pottery to paintings to wood work and everything in between there is alot to choose from. The exhibitors tend to be mostly located in small open meadows but some are in enclosed areas like Santa’s Barn. 
Heather viewing some beautiful silk hangings 
     From the map we could see that there are many trails that wind through the forest and so we will have to return for another visit to fully explore the gardens. We did take one side trail to the labyrinth which is a special spot worth investigating.  We also appreciated the musicians who were playing music along the way and each day of the festival there are different people playing at the different venues.  The festival runs from Saturday, September 2 to Monday, September 4 and the event is pet friendly.  There is an ATM and food trucks on site.  The Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens offers a tranquil setting to enjoy nature and this weekend there is an added bonus of the artisans’ festival.  We are looking forward on coming back to see the gardens when the rhododendrons are in full bloom since they have one of the largest collections of rhodos on the Island.  The gardens are located about 15 minutes north of Courtenay just off the North Island Highway. For more information see: 
Greg Joy playing the hammered dulcimer

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