Sunday, June 15, 2014


Art and Earth

Discover the creative wonders of Deroche June 28

Submitted by Cynthia Berge, ACES


orth Fraser Valley…From Deroche east to Mount Woodside, is an area brimming with beautiful gardens and home to the studios of amazing artists and artisans.


With your ACES Art & The Garden passport, take a self-guided tour; you get to see behind the scenes as artists show their work in studio and get tips and tricks from some the valley’s most unique and avid gardeners. Stops on the tour include:

Elizabeth & Marco - A perennial favourite, Marco and Liz’s bountiful vegetable garden will be sure to impress. Learn some tips from someone who grew up in the gardens of Italy… a lifetime gardener with a lifetime of knowledge. You will be greeted with arms wide open by this hospitable couple who practice and teach food security and self sustainability.

Jo-Anne & Victor - So much to see and learn at this stop. Home to Hartley Glass & Jewelry Design, Jo-Anne Hartley (winner of 2014 Mission Muse Award for visual arts) creates unique copper jewelry, fused glass and acrylic paintings in her straw bale studio beautifully designed and built by Victor. Want to learn about Aquaponics? Here you can see a self-contained ecosystem at work in their glass and beam greenhouse.

Pete & Cyndi - Pete and Cyndi are first generation off the farm folk who have worked hard to get back to the land. Their 5 acre farm grows Christmas trees and turkeys and is home to Pete’s portable saw mill. A series of trails have been naturally enhanced for wild edibles and medicinals. Guided walk and talks will be available all day.

Beth & Roger - Member of Agassiz Monday Night Painters, artist Beth McCreary will have a gallery of her water colours for you to delight in as you take a walk through her unique garden. Stone pathways lead you on your tour of this creative backyard surrounded by the beauty of the Elbow Creek forest.

Only a sampling of the 14 stops on a lovely ramble along the Scenic 7, the Art & Garden tour is a fundraiser for ACES: Actively Creating an Exceptional Society. This non profit group based in the Fraser Valley, advocates and educates on sustainability, the environment and offers community events such as Movie Nights and the annual Rivers of Peace Eco-Arts Festival at the end of September.

Arts & Garden Tour passports are $8 individual passport $15 per 2 people and available The Pantry Natural Foods on 1st Avenue in Mission, Deroche General Store, Kilby Farm Store and Agassiz Produce on Pioneer Street.


The tour is followed by a tea reception at Woodside Gallery. For more information, visit or email here.




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