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“Great for a visit in Spring” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Milner Gardens and Woodland

Milner Gardens and Woodland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Vancouver Island University's Milner Gardens & Woodland is a magical seaside retreat once reserved for royalty. Sheltered on three sides by old-growth forest, this one-of-a kind woodland estate rejuvenates the soul with its gardens and magnificent coastal views. Enjoy the charming Camellia Tea Room after strolling the grounds and contemplate the history of the Gardens or fantasize about having them all to yourself.
Qualicum Beach, Canada
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62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great for a visit in Spring”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2011

This garden is best viewed in springtime, when the azaleas and rhodos are in full bloom. The garden has a lot of unused potential in other seasons, but seems limited by budget or other reasons. There are no real formal areas that you might expect(and it could probably use a bit of), but what you find is a quiet, scenic, woodland style private garden with friendly volunteers and a lot of charm. Definitely worth the modest price of admission or repeat visits if you choose to become a member.

Visited July 2011
5 Thank SKTraveler09
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108 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“A memorable experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2011

Walking through the Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach was one of my favorite experiences on Vancouver Island. The 70 acres are a nice mix of forest and cultivated garden beds. Many of the plants are labeled which is a great advantage when one is in a new environment and trying to identify unknown plants. There were many paths through the forest area with just enough signs to help one understand the cycle of life that is occurring. It appeared that there were programs such as a children’s garden to help children learn about and appreciate the natural world. The main flower show is probably in the spring as there were hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas that were mostly past blooming but it was peaceful and beautiful . There is an historic house at the end of the park with a fantastic view of the bay and the mountains on the main land. The contrast between the natural areas and the cultivated areas brought out the best in each. I found Milner Gardens much more informative and satisfying than the more commercialized and crowded Butchart Gardens.

Visited July 2011
4 Thank RetiredHawkeye
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Parksville, Canada
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Peaceful paradise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2011

We think this hidden gem is definitely worth a visit. Pathways meander around old growth forest and the view from the main house front lawn is amazing. Look right across the Salish Sea to the mainland snow-capped mountains, listen to the eagles and seagulls calling, then watch them fish on the beach below. Also had tea in the tearoom which topped off the visit.

Visited June 2011
4 Thank kooljay
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Simply Charming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2011

Our stroll through the forest down to the garden hearing the birds singing in the trees was lovely. The garden is absolutely charming with its old growth trees and flowering gardens. The view from the veranda while having tea and scones was so relaxing. Nothing more beautiful then being in a garden on a bluff overlooking the ocean. If you haven't been it is well worth the visit.

Visited August 2011
3 Thank Pammie_Jay
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Rothesay, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A place of peace and natural beauty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

We thoroughly enjoy nearly annual trips to Milner Gardens. It is a place where you can take a big breath and unwind as you stroll past, through and under some pretty special places. I love the variety: an old-growth forest, a view across the Salish Sea, a forest of giant old rhododendrons, a neat old house with glimmers of its royal past, and many gorgeous trees and flowers.
But here's what our five-year-old would say. His favourite part was the golf cart ride back up the road. Nothing elicited more squeals of delight than watching from the cart as his father and grandfather ran behind, trying to keep up!

Visited July 2011
1 Thank Cynthia19
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