Mr Menzies’ Garden Legacy has just been re-released as of April 2017

And Some Who Dream, a Tale of Tiny bats 2016
by Wanda Justice, Illustrated by Enid Elliot and the children from Dr. A. R. Lord Elementary School, Archival prints.

Wanda Justice (1926-2014) wrote quite a few children’s books and many poems some years ago. She had a way with words. She was a humanist who loved all of life, especially the small critters, she called them. This story also includes a message about how bats help the environment through re-afforstation, bug control and pollination.

Author Wanda retired after serving as the Founding Supervisor of UBC’s
Endowment Lands’ Berwick Child Development Centre, sponsored by
the Variety Club for developmentally handicapped and autistic children,
established in 1967.

Illustrator Enid Elliot, was one of the teachers at Berwick Child
Development Centre, where she and Wanda became close and
dear friends. Wanda did this with everyone at Berwick. When Enid left
Berwick, and moved to James Bay in Victoria. She is now a Program
Leader of Early Learning & Care at Camosun College. Tey kept in close
touch, Enid’s delightful Illustrations are a gift to Wanda. Also illustrated by Jill and
the children from Dr. A. R. Lord Elementary School. Enjoy them as
you read this poem
And Some Who Dream.


Canada West Landscape Architecture, 2014
by Clive Lionel Justice is now available in digial format.

You can purchase Canada West Landscape Architecture here:

CDs are available for $26 incl. S&H. Good for gifts.
Ebooks are also available for the same price. This is the greener
option. Please email us @ bcbigleafmaplebooks at gmail dot ca

“Canada West Landscape Architecture” is an examination of how settlers undertook to re-create and develop English garden ideas in two very different physical and climatic regions of North America: a) the Southwestern coastal areas of British Columbia and b) the grasslands of the Canadian Prairies. It details how English gardens were remembered and how this affected the ways in which settlers created gardens in their new environments. Using selected examples, the book compares and contrasts some recreated ornamental gardens of memory over ten decades of parallel development. The settlers in both areas shared a common European (largely English) cultural, visual and literary heritage. From this standpoint the narrative includes much details of the ideas and concepts found in the various styles and forms of the English Garden over the period from the mid-eighteenth to the first decade of the twentieth century and shows how these manifested themselves in the garden development of the two western Canadian regions.

In the context of this study the garden is defined as a collection or arrangement of living plants, ornamental trees, shurbs, herbaceous and bulbous plants that when arranged and displayed singly or in groups about the grassed grounds of a home permanantly enhance and beautify it. While the choice of plants was almost unlimited of Southwestern British Columbia, for the Prairies suitable ornamental gardens trees, shrubs and flowers had to be ‘invented’, that is found and developed, in order to produce a permanant garden landscape. This book documents many of the dedicated and defiant amateurs and mainly European trained, horticulturalists, who hybridized and selected suitable hardy ornamentals for the prairie garden. Especially emphasized (though not exclusively) are the contributions of the Prairie Dominion Experimental Farms and the garden ornamentals created by Isabella Preston at the Ottawa farm. Detailed are the creations by Les Kerr at Sutherland, W. R. Leslie, John Walker and Henry Marshall at Morden, and Frank Skinner at Dropmore, Manitoba.

Lastly, this narrative includes the story of the writer’s grandparents and great grandparents and some others who emigrated and lived in both these western Canadian environments, and is presented through the medium of the gardens they built between 1888 and 1999.


The Great Adventure, 2013
Life with a Passion for Plants, Places and People, an autobiography by Clive Justice is now available in digital format.

You can purchase an ebook of the Great Adventure here:

Buy Now This is the greener option.

CDs are available for $26 incl. S&H. Good for gifts.

“The Great Adventure” is a reflection of my upbringing on Saltspring Island where I was surrounded by my paternal family and other like Islanders who were living out their retirement.  They had all been in the service of the
British Empire – as members of the Indian Army, Territorial Governors and plantation administrators in what seemed to me to be exotic lands.   While I never made it to Kashmir or the Kyber Pass, I found my own adventures to be even richer than those of a young boy’s imagination. -CLJ


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