Heritage Garden

Discover our heritage garden

Under development since 2000, the Heritage Garden offers a living connection with early gardens on Cortes Island.

A fragrant and peaceful space, the garden features apple trees and flowering shrubs and roses, many from island homesteads. Heritage perennials include an ever-increasing collection of peonies, trumpet lilies, and dahlias.

Plant labels and an interpretive panel aid in the enjoyment of a stroll through the garden.

An illustrated brochure is available showing the garden layout and a listing of plants.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy their lunch at a picnic table under the shade of the apple trees and  Heritage Garden greeting cards are available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

More pictures from our Heritage Garden can be found in this Facebook Heritage Garden Album.

Heritage Apple Trees – Living History
Residents were able to order young apple trees locally from Vancouver nurseries and also from Ontario, New York, and England. An example of a Vancouver nursery supplying apple trees to...
Old Roses – Living History 
OLD ROSES – LIVING HISTORY The Heritage Garden at the Cortes Island Museum In June, the Heritage Garden is filled with scent and colour as the Old Roses come into...
Lilies – Living History
LILIES IN THE HERITAGE GARDEN Lilies provide fragrance and colour in early summer and bloom at the same time as roses and lavender. Regale lilies Lilium regale have been in...
Dalias – Heritage Garden
Dalias – Living History — The Heritage Garden at the Cortes Island Museum The Heritage Garden in late summer and fall — a transition season. Here are some plants that...
Peony – Heritage Garden
Peony – Living History – The Heritage Garden at the Cortes Island Museum Early summer in the garden – peonies, roses, lilies and lavender – a wonderful season for colour...