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Sunday tours resume

Beginning this weekend, a tour of the Botanical Garden in Sechelt is offered each Sunday at 2 p.m. It's a great chance to show off the Coast's new garden to visitors.

Beginning this weekend, a tour of the Botanical Garden in Sechelt is offered each Sunday at 2 p.m.

It's a great chance to show off the Coast's new garden to visitors. Work on the garden is in progress, so each week there are changes both in construction and in nature.

The guided tours leave from the north parking lot at 5941 Mason Rd. The ground is still rough in places, so wear sturdy footwear. The tour takes about 45 minutes, and passes along shady lanes past reflecting ponds, by sunny meadows and amazing trees, with views into the deep green ravine of Wakefield Creek.

The seniors' community garden has begun, and the vegetable garden is back in full swing. There's so much to see, experience and imagine.

Since last summer's tours, there have been many changes, largely due to our ground work infrastructure project, funded by the local, provincial and federal governments. This includes rebuilding several old farm buildings, improved fencing, roads and paths, and construction of a new building, underway now. But the heart of the garden is still the land itself, with many mature and unusual trees, native plants and three large ponds. It's a treat for all the senses.

Tours are by donation ($5 to $20 is suggested), and it is not a suitable walk for dogs. Please leave pets at home as it is safer and more comfortable than a hot car. Special tours can be arranged for groups by emailing docents@coastbotanicalgarden.org.

For more information about the garden, the ground work project, events and tours, visit www.coastbotanicalgarden.org.

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