I had never been in Tofino during the month of May so was totally blown away by the quantity and size of the rhodos in bloom everywhere I looked. We have plenty of rhodos currently in bloom on the east coast of Vancouver Island, but the rhodo bushes I saw in Tofino were more like trees than bushes.
Apparently Tofino’s climate is ideal for rhodos; an abundance of rainfall with temperatures seldom falling below freezing in winter or rising much over 20 degrees celsius in the summer months. Usually I just see a curtain of green as I pass through town so it came as a complete surprise to learn that so much of the greenery consisted of these giant rhodo bushes.
Lulled by the palette of colours surrounding me and the good weather, I decided to postpone my journey home with a stop at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. I had never stopped here before and was curious to see what I would find.
Of course, I found plenty of rhodos in bloom, but these were just a small part of the offerings presented. My main impression of the experience was a fanciful forest walk leading one to a quiet, secluded beach on Clayoquot Sound. Sculptures by local artists were placed here and there amongst the trees or overlooking the water. Other sculptures were set around a picturesque pond.
I was glad that I took the time to savour the moment before hitting the road. The Botanical garden is a lovely place to enjoy whatever is in bloom, examine some of the local flora, admire some artwork, but most of all, spend some quality time in a tranquil and serene setting. There is a little cafe overlooking the garden and pond where one can sit inside or out, depending on the weather. After a morning of fishing, surfing or beach combing, this would be the perfect place to have lunch and then wander around.