Stump Island Garden Design

A favorite place of mine is Tofino.  I have visited many times over the past fifteen years, and learn something new with each visit.  Where the town of Tofino is currently located is not its original location.  A short 5 minute water taxi ride is all it takes to reach Stump Island (as referred to by the locals, Clayquot on the map), where more than 50 years ago the town began.  Since the move,  Stump Island was home to two sisters that ran a lodge and pub, and planted magnificent rhododendrons.  The island is now private, and the current owner has been there for the past 5 years.   Victoria Day was highly celebrated when Tofino was on Stump Island, and in honour of this past celebration, the owner kindly invites local residents to explore the island on this May long weekend every year.  Okay, so I am not a resident, but I just had to visit and I am so glad I did.  This coastal oasis has it all, from the beaches to the most charming cottage.  The mature gardens have been meticulously maintained, and the use of the driftwood to make gazebos, tables and chairs is delightful.

Stump Island Private Dock
Stump Island Private Dock (Photo Sue Womersley)
Carved Welcome sign ~ native design with abalone inlay
Carved Welcome sign ~ native design with abalone inlay (photo Sue Womersley)
Private beach and gardens
Private beach and gardens (Photo Sue Womersley)
Charming Cottage with ocean views
Charming Cottage with ocean views (photo Sue Womersley)
The perfect swing      (photo Sue Womersley)
The perfect swing (photo Sue Womersley)
Pink Rhodo   (photo Sue Womersley)
Coral Rhodo (photo Sue Womersley)Yellow Rhodo Lilac Rhodo
Yellow Rhodo (Photo Sue Womersley)

Lilac Rhodo (Photo Sue Womersley)

Driftwood Gazebo and Bench   (Photo Sue Womersley)

Driftwood Gazebo and Bench (Photo Sue Womersley)

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