I love coming upon the unexpected, especially where gardens are concerned. I found this one a few years ago while killing time between one ferry and the next. It belongs to the Patricia Theatre in the National Historic District of Powell River.
Powell River, for those who have yet to discover it, is an enchanting area on the upper Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. It seems only a relatively few people know of it, but those who do are completely drawn into its magic. In fact I ended up missing the next two ferries and had to rush to catch the last one. I would have dearly loved to stay but we had family (im)patiently waiting for us further down the coast.
Ann Nelson runs the theatre and maintains the garden and holds down a day job to help cover costs. Her indomitable spirit has recently suffered a serious dent as the venerable 98 yr old theatre, the oldest continuously running theatre in BC, perhaps all of Canada, is under threat. The cost of essential modernization is, at this point, beyond Ann’s means. All over North America we are losing these beautiful old theatres. If the Patricia goes Ann loses her home and livelihood, the community loses a cultural and social resource and what will happen to the garden is anybody's guess.
Photographs: Nicole Narbonne, skeenastreetstudio.ca