Garden party celebrates coronation

Point Ellice House event is a fundraiser for restoration of heritage garden

Point Ellice House takes visitors back to 1953 with a Royal Garden Party marking the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Visitors are encouraged to wear period dress, including hats and gloves, for the June 1 event, which will see the Naden Brass Ensemble perform and Lt-Gov. Judith Guichon offer an official welcome.

The Saturday event is a fundraiser for restoration of the heritage garden at Point Ellice House. Staff are working on recreating the original garden layout built by the O’Reilly family, residents of the house for three generations beginning 108 years ago. Seeds and plants from the garden will also be on sale.

The celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance at the house or $20 at the door and includes a tour of the premises, afternoon tea and ice cream from the Beachhouse Restaurant.

Point Ellice House is at 2616 Pleasant St., off Bay Street near the bridge. For more information, visit www.pointellicehouse.ca or call 250-380-6506.