VIU Milner Gardens and Woodland

Support Milner Gardens & Woodland

Endowments and Trusts

Supporting Milner Gardens with an endowment or trust gift ensures Milner Gardens & Woodland will continue to thrive in the long term. During challenging periods it helps provide financial support to keep the gardens and woodland strong for the continued enjoyment and benefit of our community.  When the economy is strong this fund provides resources to help take care of the many needed upgrades for the long term health of the aging house and other priority projects and programs.

Milner Gardens & Woodland Legacy Endowment

The Milner Gardens & Woodland Legacy Endowment was created in honour of the late Dr. Craig Clarke has been created to support Milner Gardens & Woodland. 

Dr. Clarke was Milner Society’s past chair, chair of the Site Committee, member of the Rhododendron Species Garden Advisory Group, initiator of the Coastal Forest Plant Phenology Research and Monitoring Project at Milner Gardens, and barbecuer of Christmas Magic hotdogs.

An endowment has been set up in his memory to support Milner Gardens & Woodland in the long term. During challenging periods such as the one we are currently in, this endowment will help provide the needed financial support to keep the gardens and woodland strong for the continued enjoyment and benefit of our community.

Jane and Frank Gregory Legacy Endowment

The Jane and Frank Gregory Legacy Endowment was created in honour of Jane and Frank Gregory, who were incredibly active members of the community. Jane was served as Chair of the Board of Governors, Chair of the High School at VIU, Chair of Milner Gardens and Woodland Society, and became a dedicated supporter of the VIU Foundation. In addition to her service to VIU, Jane supported the community in many important roles through the City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo Port Authority and Nanaimo Community Foundation.

Jane's husband Frank passed away in 2000 and was also an active member of the VIU and greater community, serving as an original Foundation board member and former secretary of the Board of Governors.  has been created in honour of their legacy at VIU. The fund supports Milner Gardens & Woodland, Jane's favourite place to be.

Milner Gardens & Woodland Rhododendron Garden Legacy Fund

Thanks to initial gifts from Jean Greig, the District One (BC) Chapter of the America Rhododendron Society - particularly the five Vancouver Island chapters, as well as a generous anonymous donor, The Milner Gardens & Woodland Rhododendron Garden Legacy endowment was established in 2020. 

This endowment supports the well being of the rhododendron collections at Milner Gardens & Woodland so that they can be used to help inform our communities on the diversity and complexity of the genus. The Milner Gardens & Woodland Rhododendron Legacy Endowment is focused on the longer term upkeep, enhancement, and study of the Rhododendron collections at Milner Gardens.

Capital Projects

Our friends

As we have all experienced, 2020 has been a significantly challenging time. Milner Gardens & Woodland has not avoided the effects of the pandemic, forcing us to cut costs where ever possible.  We will make it through but are hoping we can rely on your ongoing support to lessen the impacts and keep the gardens as strong and healthy as possible. 

We want to thank our generous supporters and community partners for helping us through these tough times. Here are a few stories of those who have reached out to lend us a helping hand.

Legacy Poster

A new legacy fund in honour of the late Dr. Craig Clarke has been created to support Milner Gardens & Woodland. A longtime supporter of the gardens, it was Dr. Clarke's wish to support Milner for the long term. If you are able, please contribute today.

Jane and Frank Gregory

Jane and Frank Gregory were some of VIU's most active community leaders. They were with VIU from the very start in the 1960s, ensuring our successful progression from college to university.

The Jane and Frank Gregory Memorial Fund has been created in honour of their legacy at VIU. The fund supports Milner Gardens and Woodlands, Jane's favourite place to be.