The Boreal Poetry Garden – 3 thematic walks in 2012

Join Marlene Creates as she leads a walk with readings of site-specific poems in The Boreal Poetry Garden — six acres of boreal forest where she lives in Portugal Cove — with additional commentary by an invited natural historian. After the walk, we will gather around a bonfire with some refreshments while we enjoy a reading by an invited guest poet.


Saturday 7 July at 7:30 pm

The Garden, The Field, The Boreal & Its Understory

with conservation biologist Luise Hermanutz and guest poet Liz Zetlin


Wednesday 18 July at 7:30 pm

Birds and Beasts and Other Creatures

with seabird biologist and environmental scientist Bill Montevecchi and guest poet Monica Kidd


Saturday 18 August at 7:30 pm

Tuff Love: Ancient Volcanic Ash on the Northeast Avalon

with geologist Paul Dean and guest poet Don McKay


Limited to 25 people. Advance registration required.

For directions and to register:

[email protected]

or phone 709.895.1020

$20 general; $15 for students, seniors, unwaged (includes refreshments)


with the assistance of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the League of Canadian Poets


What an absolutely magical event. How the woods and the words so enrich each other, a symbiosis of experience and imagination. –AJ

I’d like to think that this is how the earliest poetry began. –DC

It will make me think differently about trees, about time, about words themselves! –AS

ONE WORD, AWESOME!!!!! –MK (8 years old)


The Boreal Poetry Garden was featured on Bravo! TV in 2008 and on the CBC Documentary Channel in 2012.

“Marlene Creates: Of Words and Woods” by Robert Finley, Canadian Art online, September 15, 2011

“Garden poem,” by Tara Bradbury, The Telegram, St. John’s, July 15, 2011—Life/2011-07-15/article-2654619/Garden-poem/1

“Into the Woods and Out of the Gallery,” by Marlene Creates, The Osprey, journal of Nature NL, vol 42 no 4, Fall 2011, p. 5-7