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Cougar Annie's Garden
Cougar Annie's Garden tells the haunting tale of a five-acre garden in the wilderness of Vancouver Island's West Coast. Surrounded by rainforest and mountains, inaccessible and remote, this garden has endured for over eighty years. It is powerful with story, rich with legend and history, and Margaret Horsfield's book brings all these elements together in her ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Salal Books
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Fascinating account of the life of "Cougar Annie" and the garden she created on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Lots of beautiful pictures and interesting bits of information about the land and its people, as well as the unique individual who was Annie Ada Rae-Arthur, her 4 (consecutive) husbands, her family, and some of the other characters whose lives overlapped with hers. A pleasure to read.
Whilst staying on Vancouver Island I read this fascinating book. Being a keen gardener myself I was intrigued by Cougar Annie. Her determination and obsession with her gardening brought to life so vividly. The obstacles that she overcame and her personal life too made it an excellent read. The photos helped bring the whole account to life.
In 1915 Annie came to Boat Basin, on Vancouver Island's west coast, as a pioneer settler. Many types of West Coast lore, many strands of history combine in this book to weave together Cougar Annie's story and to relate the history of this part of the coast. Againstall odds her garden has survived a tribute to the woman who created it.