Photos courtesy of Melanie Norris


There was a great turnout for the summer barbecue as many CVIOS members carpooled to Victoria from Nanaimo to enjoy a Sunday BBQ at Bryan’s beautiful home.


Bryan’s orchid greenhouse was a must see for this group of keen orchid growers. Visitors enjoyed the large and unique collection which were spread among shelves, mounted on walls and hanging from the ceiling. An impressive collection indeed.

The garden spaces were also incredible! Bryan’s passion for unique groupings showed in the vast array of containers and throughout the garden beds. Some of the many other features included a koi pond, stone patio, succulent garden container, and some outdoor orchids to discover. Bryan’s knowledge of all of the plants he grows is inspiring.


The potluck spread of food was enjoyed by all as we indulged in smoked salmon appetizers, homemade sourdough bread, fresh garden vegetables and delicious salads. Chris did a great job barbecuing for the group so we all enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers. The dessert table was a real treat as many sampled the cakes, pies, tarts, and fruit. Bryan spoiled us with polished silver and lovely refreshments.

It was a lovely time for the members to catch up and relax after a successful year of caring for our orchid collections, working hard at our various events, and helping with the recent move to our new meeting location.


Thank you so much Bryan and Chris for hosting such a lovely get together and sharing your gardens with us!