The extensive gardens have many captivating features. Nine landscaped acres, with a stream running through the natural ravine provide a perfect setting for a variety of plantings such as maples and magnolias. Rare and exotic trees from many parts of the world include a selection of stately oaks, London Planes, Atlas and Deodora cedars, pines of many species and a variety of other mature trees.
There are beds of various annuals and perennials, and hundreds of rhododendrons, many from the famous collection of the Greig family. Heathers, spring bulbs, flowering shrubs and dwarf conifers thrive in the fine microclimate. The park is a wonderful place for a peaceful stroll or an afternoon picnic.
*Please note that the Park is closed the week leading up to the Filberg Festival, as well as the week after the Festival.
The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park is part of the Vancouver Island Garden Trail, a self-directed tour of a diverse variety of stunning Island gardens.
You may also enjoy the Comox Heritage Walk for interesting self guided tours of Comox and the Comox Valley
THE TOTEM POLE
TLA WA SINTS GUY U LAS
(Strength from our ancestors)
This Tla Wa Sints Guy U Las (Strength from our Ancestors) totem was originally commissioned by Comox Valley residents Gordon and Ivy Wagner as a gift to the Filberg Park. Created by carver Richard Krentz, it was raised June 19, 1994 and described by some as “a magical event.” Recognizing and celebrating four families and their crests, the symbols represented the Puntlege (Thunderbird), two groups of the K’ómoks (the whale and the grizzly bear) and the Eiksan (sun). After standing proudly for 23 years, the aging totem has been placed in the ravine to complete its life cycle. In keeping with tradition, the totem now serves as an evocative reminder of the spirit of the First Nations ancestors and that all things organic are eventually returned to the earth.
Just above the Filberg Summer Kitchen on a sloping hill, you will find a charming herb garden, inviting to both the eye and the nose. The garden is lovingly planted and maintained by the Comox Valley Horticultural Society. This aromatic treasure thrives because of their generous donation of time and plants.
THE LIZ STUBBS CUTTING GARDEN
Situated just below the Filberg Summer Kitchen on a beautiful spot alongside the ocean is the Liz Stubbs Cutting Garden. Long time Comox resident and Filberg Park supporter, Liz Stubbs established this cutting garden to grow flowers for all to enjoy. Carrying on her legacy is a team of volunteers who donate their time and energy to grow a variety of flowers from seeds to blossoms. The flowers are used in beautiful arrangements throughout the Lodge and fresh bouquets are available for purchase from the red flower cart by the Summer Kitchen. If Mother Nature smiles on the garden, bouquets are available from as early as April/May through September. Cutting Garden Volunteers also offer workshops and create seasonal swags and botanical arrangements for the Christmas at the Lodge & Holiday Market. All proceeds from these activities support the ongoing maintenance and operations of Filberg Park. Follow us on Facebook for Cutting Garden updates and fresh flower availability.