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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VICTORIA – June 4, 2019 – Deep in Gordon Head is a garden over 15 years in the making. Stepping through a gate, you’re greeted by Japanese Maple providing shade as hummingbirds frequent a grevillea shrub. It’s a garden packed with surprises at every turn. 

“I grew up on a farm, so gardens were always part of my life,” says garden-owner Mel MacLeod. Starting in his 20’s with vegetables, he soon moved to ornamentals. “I decided it was easier to buy vegetables than it was to grow them.” 

MacLeod’s garden is part of the 14th Annual Teeny Tiny Garden Tour, Sunday, June 9th. Visitors have the chance to tour 12 of Victoria's delightful and inspiring backyard gardens. This popular community event sells out every year, with all proceeds supporting Victoria Hospice.

“I felt that it was important for me to make a contribution to [Hospice],” says MacLeod. His wife, Judi, was a nurse. He knows that family isn’t always around and just how important Hospice’s care and services are. “Hopefully they’ll be around when I reach that stage.”

Over 15 years, he’s transformed his garden into an eclectic and artistic experience. It wasn’t without it’s challenges. Moving from Ontario, MacLeod had to adjust to a new climate. He leaned on groups like Master Gardeners for help. “At least back east the snow gave us a rest, but here, it just continues.” 
Don’t miss Mel’s artful garden and 11 others in four neighbourhoods: Gordon Head, Gorge, Strawberry Vale, and Interurban. Ranging from the teeny tiny to larger gardens, tour goers will enjoy everything from creative use of containers, to water features, edible gardens, and terraced gardens. Each garden offers its own unique delight and inspiration.
The event runs from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm and tours are self-guided. Ticket holders receive a map, brochure and enter to win wonderful draw prizes. Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at Capital Iron, Heart Pharmacy IDA, Dig This, Garden Works and other locations throughout the city. 

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Media Contact: 
Jen Cooper 
Manager, Communications & Marketing 
Victoria Hospice 
Tel: 250-519-1729
Email: [email protected] 

Victoria Hospice is a registered charity that has been around since 1980. Donations fund almost half of our annual operating costs and are critical for the ongoing operation of programs and services for patients and families and for education and research. provided end-of-life care focused on palliative treatment. Donations enable us to:

  • Provide the best care and support for patients nearing end-of-life, whether at home, in the community or at our Inpatient unit.
  • Extend our care to patients’ families and loved ones through our bereavement support and grief counselling programs.
  • Engage in education, training and research to develop evidence-based clinical practices and advance the field of palliative care across Canada and around the world.

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