The gift of a garden...

Launched in 2016, the creative residency at the McLoughlin Gardens invites working artists to pursue their artistic practice while building community engagement in the arts in the Comox Valley.

We believe that giving artists time and space to create
enriches the community in countless ways. 

 

The residencies at the McLoughlin Gardens currently include one six-week to two-month period for visual artists and one six-week to two-month period for poets or writers.

 

summer workshops...

The McLoughlin Gardens Society will be hosting two more workshops this summer:

The Habit of Art A workshop on the artistic process with Victoria poet and writer, Arleen Paré
Saturday, August 18th, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location sent to registrants.

For details and registration: Summer Workshops

Watercolour Adventures  A watercolour workshop with Marilyn Timms
Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th. Location: The McLoughlin Gardens, 814 Tasman Road, Merville.

For details and registration: Please contact Susan Healy at tgardens@shaw.ca.
 

Tucked away on a rocky beach at the end of Tasman Road in Merville, the McLoughlin Gardens provides the perfect setting for quiet reflection and creative work.

Seals bask on the rocks at low tide. Ravens, herons and eagles are frequent visitors, along with deer, mink, and otter. 

 Brian and Sarah McLoughlin in the garden in 1998.   Extra pairs of gumboots were always on hand for visitors to the "farm," as it was called in those days. Proper footwear was needed for gathering seaweed on the beach, bringing in the firewood, weeding, mulching, and pruning the nut trees, and for going out for a stroll in the rain!

Brian and Sarah McLoughlin in the garden in 1998. 

Extra pairs of gumboots were always on hand for visitors to the "farm," as it was called in those days. Proper footwear was needed for gathering seaweed on the beach, bringing in the firewood, weeding, mulching, and pruning the nut trees, and for going out for a stroll in the rain!

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