Just beyond the garden gate

A little over five years ago, in front of friends and family, Marc and I pledged each other our troth. Our celebration took place at Minter Gardens, an absolutely amazing space just outside of Vancouver.

Here, plants and flowers of such a wide variety create a kaleidoscope of colours vibrant and breathtaking.

It’s a beauty that will make your head spin.

It was the perfect place for us to publicly proclaim our love for one another, celebrate with our phenomenal guests, and dance the night away.

So you can imagine how sad I was to learn that on the 14th of this month, these incredible gardens will be closing to the public.

Closing forever.

It would seem that we no longer live in a world where people visit gardens as a weekend trip, or family getaway.


In an attempt to say our own goodbyes to this special place, Marc and I drove out to Agassiz last Saturday and spent a few hours wandering about.

It poured like the dickens as we strolled along the different paths, our umbrellas gently knocking each other, our coats slick with rain.

Afterwards, we warmed up in the cafeteria, sipping mushroom soup and milky tea, while our hearts went out to the wedding party congregating at the gardens’ entrance.

The bride and groom had obviously gambled on an end of summer West Coast outdoor wedding.

But a little rain isn’t anything a lifetime of love can’t cure.



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‘If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

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Vanessa Woznow

Writer, runner, ranter, reader. I write about all things.

12 thoughts on “Just beyond the garden gate”

  1. “Pledged our troth” — only you, Vanessa. Only you! Love it!

    It is infinitely sad that people don’t visit these places on anything resembling a regular basis anymore, infinitely sad. He world will be less beautiful without Minter Gardens :(

    You and Marc, though, will not. You’ll always be beautiful! Happy Anniversary!

    1. Haha, it’s so my favourite! Seriously, for the year of our engagement, I only ever call Marc my betrothed. It was the best.

      The world will miss this beauty so much! I wish more people my age would visit these places.

      Awwww, this last comment makes my heart smile. You are the just the best of life. :)

  2. Lover of green spaces, so this makes me sad:( Glad the two of you got to go down memory lane before it closes and share your love as well as the love you have for this garden:) Happy Hump Day!

    1. Ms. Renee! I have been so remiss in checking into your amazing blog – you always capture the most beautiful gardenscapes!

      Thanks for checking in – and for the fab comment. Happy Friday!! xx

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