Veronica Milner and her garden
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Audio recording and transcript of Margaret Cadwaladr's September 2003 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about Veronica Milner and her 70 acre estate in Qualicum Beach, B.C. Cadwaladr, who authored a book about Veronica Milner and the social history of the garden in 2002, gives biographical information about Milner’s life and that of her two husbands: Desmond FitzGerald, the 28th Knight of Glin from Ireland, and Horatio “Ray” Milner, a prominent Canadian lawyer and businessman. Cadwaladr outlines several of Milner’s garden design influences including: William Robinson, Sir Frederick Moore, Ted and Mary Grieg, and Lord Dunraven (Windham Henry Wyndham-Quin, 5th Earl of Dunraven). Cadwaladr, whose husband was director of the garden, spent a significant amount of time with Veronica Milner before Milner’s death in 1998, and she shares several anecdotes about Veronica, including details about royal visits during the 1980s.