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

John and I sincerely regret that we must delay opening our garden for tours in 2021. Unfortunately, after 20+ years, some features are in need of an upgrade. The pond is a major one and it will be a manual job since there is no room for machinery assistance. We hope we will be able to open later in the season. Please check back for an update.

In the meantime, starting on April 1st, 2021 we will be selling plants from our front gate. You will find the list of available plants and vegetables with their prices here.

If you would like to receive notice of when our garden will open, please contact us and leave your phone number in the message body.

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.  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