Welcome to the Duchess of Dirt’s website and the venue for our show garden at
Growing Concern Cottage Garden!

Spring 2022!
I am very happy to announce the addition of our on-line Nursery Store to my website this year. Some of our plants are displayed in the Store and more are being added regularly as they come out of dormancy. There are also numerous established plants in our garden which are in need of division and those will find their way to the plant table and Nursery Store in the coming weeks.

Another new addition, a monthly newsletter called Toil ‘n’ Trowel. Subscribe right here in the sidebar to receive the latest news about our garden and other garden-worthy tidbits.  

John and I are also happy to announce our garden will finally be open again to visitors. We have sincerely missed our gardening friends! The exact dates will be announced soon.

Please note: I am the only “Duchess of Dirt” in British Columbia and there are only two of us in Canada.
I am a gardener, writer, and educator. “Duchess of Dirt” is my pen name.

Feel free to check out the items under the various Menu Buttons which will provide you with a more intimate peek at the plants and wildlife in our Zone 7a garden, located in the maritime Pacific Northwest. More specifically…we are nestled in rural Black Creek under the shadow of the renowned ski hill, Mt. Washington, within the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.






Most of the photos were taken by my photographer husband…John – the Duke of Compost…who is also a bona fide plant-aholic gardening nut same as me.  The others… especially most of the insect ones…are mine.

We hope you enjoy the journey.

Leslie and John Cox



Growing Concern Cottage Garden
7896 Fairview Rd
Black Creek, BC    V9J 1G5