About Brian Minter

Brian Minter began sharing his passion for plants with British Columbia's gardners when, in 1970, he and his wife Faye purchased Country Garden Store, a garden shop that had been part of Chilliwack's community since 1957. In 1977, the Minters discovered a piece of land nestled beneath Mt. Cheam and by 1980, that passion for plants was transformed into 32-acre, world-famous Minter Gardens, which closed in 2013.

Brian, a University of British Columbia graduate (BA) and Master Gardener, quickly became BC's go-to garden expert through his experience at both the garden centre and the display gardens. As such, he has hosted countless radio and television shows, is a frequent gardening columnist and is the author of Canadian Best Seller, 'Brian Minter's New Gardening Guide - Fresh Approaches for Canadian Gardeners'.

A recipient of the 'Order of Canada', an 'Honorary Doctorate of Technology', and many other awards, Brian is well known from his magazine and syndicated newspaper columns and TV and radio programs. Brian is in demand internationally as a speaker by industry and by gardening and tourism groups. Brian has sat on the boards of many community organizations including past Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley. Just recently, Brian received an Award of Merit from the Perennial Plant Association in recognition of outstnding contributions to the perennial industry. He was also inducted into the Gardening Writers Association's Hall of Fame 'in recognition of a lifetime of exceptional work and spirit promoting gardening and garden communications to the public.'

Brian and Faye are co-owners of Minter Country Garden Store and operate it along with their family.

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