Monday, September 14, 2015

Tree Fest 2015


The Silver Lindens are nearly a century old. A family of elephants could shelter under the canopy of the tall Smooth-Leaf Elms.  For 22 years, Treefest has celebrated these and the hundreds of other remarkable trees as well as the historic buildings and landscapes of Riverview. 

Treefest will be held on Saturday, September 19th from 11 am to 4 pm.  It is hosted by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society in partnership with the City of Coquitlam and the Burke Mountain Naturalists.

Treefest is a celebration of environmental stewardship. The day will be filled with family-oriented activities. The always popular arborist-led Tree Tours will be held on the hour; plus a Children’s Walk. Well-known Vancouver heritage consultant Donald Luxton will lead a tour of some of the Heritage Buildings (exterior only).  Blackberry Tea will be served in the Serenity Garden by Maple Creek Streamkeeper volunteers. The SPARC antique radio museum will be open for visitors, and the hosts of the History Bus Tours will offer insight and stories on Riverview/Essondale history. Bus seating is very limited and can be reserved with a $2 donation.

Since 1992 the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society has increased public awareness of the Riverview Lands in Coquitlam.  The Society’s goal has been to have the site preserved for its original purpose of supporting people with mental illness and to protect the Riverview landscape and collection of trees for horticultural education, retention of urban green space and public community uses. 

The future of Riverview is uncertain.  The public process conducted by BC Housing continued this year.  More information should be available in September.  Riverview has historically been a sanctuary for the mentally ill.  It is hoped that it can once again be a refuge for people living with mental illness. 

The Treefest site is outside the HenryEsson Young (“HEY”) Building, accessible from the Lougheed Highway at the Colony Farm Road or Orchid Drive entrances.  Banners and signs will mark the way and maps of the Riverview grounds are available online at
For more info visit Coquitlam Treefest   or call 604-927-3583 or 604-290-9910.

Donna Crosby, RHCS    
Phone 604-939-4064

Caresse Selk, City of Coquitlam
Phone 604-927-3583

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tree walks 2014

This is not a complete listing, this year a few more walks with various themes will be added see the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society  Events page at their website for more information.
Also Burke Mountain Naturalists will host a few walks, as they do every year, visit  their home page for more information.

EXTRA WALKS not listed above

April 6, 1 pm  "Backyard" walk at Riverivew.  Discover the beauty of the natural spaces on the Riverview Hospital grounds with Don Gillespie and other BMN members.  Wear waterproof boots and dress appropriately for the weather.  Meet at 1 pm on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young buildingfor a 2-3 hour walk.

June 1 at 1 pm
. Meet on the uphill side of the Henry Esson Young building  Discover the historic old orchard area at Riverview and view the enhancement work done on Riverivew Creek to improve fish
habitat.  Join Don Gillespie and other BMN members for a 2-3 hour walk.  Wear water-resistant shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A few pictures of the 2013 Treefest

Tree tour led by Doug Justice, saying hello to a pine tree

Gay Mitchell drawing in the Serenity Garden. 
The garden is also where the Maple Creek Watershed Streemkeepers were serving shortcake with blackberries and cream, Yummy

Arborist, Lanny Englund talking about a Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides
just behind him on the porch at West Lawn

Monday, June 17, 2013

Twentieth Treefest and walks

For hosted tree walks throughout the year see this PAGE.
20th Annual Treefest is on September, 14th 2013 SATURDAY 11 to 4
Jump to this PAGE for more information about the 20th Annual Treefestival
         Hopefully the weather will co-operate since the buildings are now all closed, and we cannot gain access to them if  the weather gets bad.OUR government appears to have decided to destroy the buildings by neglect. Very sad indeed, to see well built buildings so neglected.

UPDATE: Download a Treefest poster (PDF)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Treefest 2011 slideshow

This 8 minute slideshow can be viewed in HD. Enjoy !

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Treefest, be there, or be normal!

TREEFEST 2011 on the Riverview Hospital grounds; everyone is welcome.

TREE TOURS: The Popular Tree Tours which highlight some of the more than 1,900 trees on the site
11am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm - leaving from beside the HEY building

There will be a Heritage walk with Don Luxton, well-known heritage consultant and member of the Vancouver Heritage Society who knows the grounds well. It will include walking to the main heritage buildings, but NOT inside.

Children of all ages will enjoy this wonderful walk. - leaving from near the HEY building.


"The Healing Power of Trees": Jay Peachy  

"Horticulture Therapy": Katie Hughes

ARTS: local artists on site displaying, demonstrating & selling their work.

1:30 – 2:30 pm Stringz Aloud Finnie’s Garden Susan Vigneux and Don Kellett, play swing, jazz, traditional music using guitars, mandolin.
2:30 – 4:30 pm Dragana Hajduk Finnie’s Garden
11:00 am –12:30 pm Ernie Higgins, plays a guitar North side of HEY near concession 
12:45 – 2:15 pm The Acchords North side of HEY near concession
2:30 – 4:00 pm Sharmaine and Luvena Kwong North side of HEY near concession 

BLACKBERRY TEA: 1:30 - 4:30 - Blackberry tea served in Finnie’s Garden 
-Back again by popular demand. Tea will be served this year by volunteers from BMN & Maple Creek streamkeepers.


This Event is FREE no registration required. Lots of Free Parking!
If you require more information phone 604-927-3583 or email

Bring the entire family to this free annual celebration of trees on the Riverview Hospital Lands.

Treefest is supported by:
Riverview Hospital Historical Society

Treefest is organized in partnership with:

The Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, RHCS
"Speaking for the Trees since 1992"