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Julia Guest, Travelling Gardens - Wednesday October 2nd, 2019 - 7.00 p.m.
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Wednesday November 6th, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Elspeth has lived in West Vancouver for 30 years. In 2008, she received the District’s Heritage Achievement Award, and in 2012 she and Ray (husband) received the Environment Award. Elspeth has served on the Design Panel and on the Heritage Advisory Committee. Our magnificent West Coast forests and oceans are hugely important to her and she has volunteered with the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society for almost 20 years, removing invasive plants as well as growing and planting native species. As an enthusiastic gardener, she also volunteered for over a decade with VanDusen Botanical Gardens as a Garden Guide and as a Master Gardener. Since its inception 5 years ago, she has contributed an outdoor column to West Vancouver’s popular community newspaper The Beacon.

Elspeth enjoyed painting and drawing for as long as she can remember but it was only after she retired from a career in architecture and landscape architecture that she began to concentrate on this recent series of art works.

Writing has also been a large part of her life. Her articles on gardens and nature have appeared in many magazines and her work was chosen for inclusion in Garden Voices: Two Centuries of Garden Writing. Harrowsmith produced Spring Gardens, and Polestar Press published The Garden Letters along with The Real Garden Road Trip. The former appeared in Readers’ Digest. In 2007, The District of West Vancouver sponsored West Vancouver: A View through the Trees, which included her drawings.

Elspeth has poetry that has appeared in reviews such as Quarry, Ariel, Fiddlehead, Dalhousie Review and UBC’s Canadian Literature. It also featured on CBC’s Anthology. Goose Lane published a book of illustrated work, Is that you this is me.

Topic: Wild Life
Based on a show of art and poetry held at the Ferry Building Gallery earlier this year, Elspeth’s audiovisual presentation pairs her own paintings with recorded poems ‘written’ by local wildlife. Elspeth introduces a cast of animals who, assisted by sound effects, express their opinions on life in general and on West Vancouver in particular. Gardeners will recognise familiar characters such as the family of raccoons, the invasion of grey squirrels and the very happy banana slug.”

Elspeth also presented this topic to The Capilano Garden Club where she was, of course, so very well received.