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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our garden is currently closed. It is our hope we will be able to open our garden for visiting towards the end of May after hearing the latest news update from B.C.’s Provincial Medical Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and the hint some of the lockdown mandates may be easing. But this is a very fluid situation we are in and there are no promises. The only guarantee this novel coronavirus will be beaten is by paying strict attention to self isolation and social distancing.

Please check back to this page for updates on our Garden Open details.  Please – Stay Safe! Stay well!

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. I do not operate a landscaping company…but I do accept consulting jobs if you need some design help, or want plants identified if you have moved to a new home and garden. Contact me.

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.  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