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

We are opening our garden on Saturdays through June! Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 6, 13, 20 and 27.

However, we are asking there be no more than 4 people in your group and request you contact us to book a time for your visit to our garden. Our intent is to follow B.C. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry’s excellent guidelines to ensure we all stay safe…and yet enjoy one another’s company as we give you a guided tour of our garden. (Sadly, our popular Garden Teas are currently unavailable.)

To book your garden visit, please click here. 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