Are you curious about the stories and secrets that lie waiting to be discovered behind the fences, hedges and doors of your community? Then the Cumberland Home and Garden Tour is the perfect event for you! Coming up on June 25th from 9 am till 5 pm, the 2016 Cumberland Home and Garden Tour is an exclusive glimpse into Homes, Gardens, Urban Farms and Built Spaces of Legendary Cumberland!
The Tour is a reflection of changing times. Many urban communities, including Cumberland, are now welcoming small market gardens and the keeping of bees, hens and ducks. Front yards are transforming into food gardens and many residents are exploring water conservation in response to hot dry summers. Urban density is also being valued as old sheds transform into tiny dwellings, studios and guest houses.
These trends inspired the addition of Urban Farms and Built Spaces to the Cumberland Tour. Where once green lawns and perfectly manicured landscaping were all the rage, now sustainability features, water collection, perma-culture mounds and bee hives are the new normal. Funky carriage house, bright studios, greenhouses and stunning commercial and community spaces are integral parts of Cumberland’s landscape.
So what can you expect from the 2016 Cumberland Home and Garden Tour? 17 unique properties, the smallest legal lot in BC, churches and mances, guest suites, herb gardens, apiaries, heritage gems, rock work, fruit and nut trees and food gardens, ponds and fountains, labyrinths and Hugel mounds. Some of the homes have even inspired well known works of art!
But in the spirit of Legendary Cumberland there will also be art, music and stories on the Tour! Artists on display will include Barbara Callow, Jeff Hartbower, Martha Jablonski-Jones, Penny Kelly, June Heaton, Ian Fry, Clive Powsey and Bill Freisen. Be prepared for musical surprises, refreshing beverages, hands on demos and amazing stories about the small but mighty Village of Cumberland. All the properties are within biking distance or you can visit them in clusters, driving between zones of 3-4 walk-able destinations. Call your friends and spend the whole day in the Village, winding up at a local pub or eatery!
Tickets for the 2016 Cumberland Home and Garden Tour are on sale now for $25. Visitwww.cumberlandforest.com for links to the online ticket store. Hard copy tickets can be purchased at Rattan Plus Home and Patio in Downtown Courtenay, Art Knapps on the Old Island Highway or the Collective Store and Studio in Cumberland. Tickets are brought to Village Square on June 25th starting at 9 am and exchanged for a souvenir passport and map that ‘unlocks’ the tour!
The 2016 Cumberland Home and Garden Tour is presented by the Cumberland Community Forest Society and 100% of proceeds from the tour support the purchase and protection of threatened forests, wetlands and riparian areas surrounding the Village of Cumberland. The Tour is made possible by a league of generous sponsors including First Credit Union and Insurance, Meta Wood – Remax Ocean Pacific, Cumberland Museum and Archives, the Comox Valley Record and Material Creative.
To find out more about the Cumberland Forest Project and their imminent purchase of 40 hectares directly adjacent to the Village of Cumberland visit www.cumberlandforest.com.