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.

Watercolour Adventures - a workshop with Marilyn Timms

A few spaces remain in a weekend workshop with award-winning artist Marilyn Timms, Saturday and Sunday, September 8 - 9. This is a rare opportunity to learn from an accomplished artist in a gorgeous location - the McLoughlin Gardens in Merville.

 Watercolour by Texada artist, Marilyn Timms.

Watercolour by Texada artist, Marilyn Timms.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th.

Times: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: The McLoughlin Gardens at the Brian and Sarah McLoughlin Regional Park, 814 Tasman Road, Merville.

Weather permitting, students will be outdoors at their easels on this beautiful eleven-acre property in the forested seaside park. Failing good weather, the waterfront cottage will be a refuge along with a small adjacent studio/outbuilding. Subject matter is abundant and serenity a sure recipe for inspiration and awe inspiring subject matter! Warm gatherings around the woodstove, soup from the kitchen and tea with discussions ensure a couple of days of exploration and skill enhancement!

Please write to Susan at frontdeck@hotmail.com or to Margo (margostoryteller@gmail.com) to register, or for more information. The fee for the two day event is: $225 with a deposit required with registration. The group size is limited to 12, so register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!


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. 

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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