The Friends of Fort Vancouver are having a festive celebration in the Fort Vancouver Heritage Garden on Saturday, August 20, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. All are welcome to join tours of the garden and talk with the National Park Service volunteer gardeners who care for this amazing garden.
The Garden Party is a free public event located in the garden outside the gates of Fort Vancouver. Fort Vancouver will be open until 6:00 pm, one hour past its regular closing time. Admission fees apply for entrance to Fort Vancouver.
This event is hosted by the Friends of Fort Vancouver, a local nonprofit that supports the educational mission of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Seeds and botanical books can be purchased at a booth hosted by The Friends of Fort Vancouver, and a wine and beer garden will be available for attendees aged 21 and over.
Volunteer gardeners are experienced gardeners who are happy to share their knowledge with the public. The gardeners will host a special booth where they will discuss preservation techniques from 1845. Salting, pickling and drying garden produce helped residents of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver prepare for the winter months.
The Fort Vancouver Garden is a smaller-scale reconstruction of the larger garden located on the north side of Fort Vancouver in the 1800s. The garden is a popular destination for visitors to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and showcases the historical, often-unique flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown by the Hudson’s Bay Company as they experimented with bringing produce common to European gardens to North America. Visitors to the garden today can also see examples of crops that were once grown in agricultural fields surrounding the fort.