The Riverview Hospital grounds will be the site of a celebration of trees this Saturday (Sept. 14), as the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, City of Coquitlam and Burke Mountain Naturalists host the 20th-annual Treefest.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the site, located at 2601 Lougheed Hwy.
Activities will include: Arborist-led tree tours every hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children's crafts and activities, a children's tree walk at noon, community and artist displays, live music, history bus tours, a blackberry tea in the Serenity Garden from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and a heritage building tour at 1 p.m. Originally landscaped to be a Victorian English "Fantasy Garden" in the grand style of Kew Gardens in London, the lush, giant trees at the Riverview Hospital Grounds create a unique, stately and majestically whimsical parkland forest, according to a press release.
The following are personal reflections of a visitor wandering among the trees of Riverview: "Exotic trees bearing the fantastic character of cathedral columns with fan-vaulting, boughs bearing a dazzling myriad of orchidlike flowers, large fleshy leaves with a diverse array of lobe shapes and margin textures. Fan-shaped waves of braided Redwood needle sprays dramatically slice the atmosphere and kindle the imagination. One can become happily immersed and 'lost' in the delicately draping verdant curtains of monumental branches that hang from a great dome-like canopy."
The festival site is located on the Riverview Hospital Grounds outside the Industrial Services Building.
Access to the site is via Lougheed Highway from either the Orchid Drive entrance or Colony Farm Road/Holly Drive entrance. Once you enter the grounds, follow the festival signs and arrows to the Industrial Services Building. There is plenty of free on-site parking. Visitors are asked not to wear open-toed footwear to this event as many areas will have long grass and uneven terrain.
Coast Mental Health, which cares for people living with serious mental illness, will also host an open house during Treefest.
To learn more about treefest, call 604-290-9910 or visit www.coquitlam.ca/city-services/environment/events.aspx.
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