Arnold Smith – or Arnie as his friends called him – believed that you could sort out your problems in one of two places: the garden or the beach. When he and his wife Kaye moved to Victoria, they quickly realized there were plenty of both.
Fifty years ago, in 1967, Arnie and Kaye opened the doors of their new business, Glass Smith and Co., working tirelessly to provide quality commercial and art glass to the Victoria community.
Forty years later, in the spring of 2007, Arnie passed away at Victoria Hospice. At Hospice, his family was so touched by the care they received and spent a lot of reflective time in the Rooftop Garden. To them, it was a quiet place to get away and clear their heads. “The garden helped us make the best of a bad situation,” says Arnie’s son, Tim.
After Arnie died, Kaye began making annual donations to Victoria Hospice so that families like hers could receive quality end-of-life care when they needed it most. When the opportunity arose to become a Garden Sponsor for the Teeny Tiny Garden Tour (a popular annual Hospice fundraiser), Glass Smith & Co jumped at the chance. They have continued their support as a Garden Sponsor for the past four years as it fits perfectly with their love of gardening and their desire to give back.
At 83, Kaye is still involved with Glass Smith & Co. but her son Tim now runs the day-to-day business with his wife, Carol (pictured below). This year Glass Smith & Co. will not just be sponsoring the event; Tim and Carol will be opening their garden gates and inviting people in to see their bright and diverse garden as an official stop on the tour. The work they do in the glass studio spills into their garden, adding bright focal points in an already varied space. Mosaics and stained glass keep the garden colourful even through Victoria’s most overcast winters.
“A person’s garden is their art,” says Tim. You just use a shovel instead of a paint brush.” Tim and Carol’s garden is an ever-evolving piece of art. They’ve been in the garden every day since January coaxing it to grow in preparation for the Teeny Tiny Garden Tour. With less than a week to go, they are putting the final touches on their beautiful garden and ready to share it with the world.
The twelfth annual Teeny Tiny Garden Tour will feature 12 gardens, including Tim and Carol’s, in the “not so teeny” category. We invite you to explore these artful spaces and, like Arnie, feel the healing and restorative power that gardens hold.
To learn more about the Teeny Tiny Garden Tour please the event page.