Adelaide gwynne Vaughan


Adelaide Gwynne Vaughan was born to Welsh parents and lived almost all of her life in the house the Gwynne Vaughan Park Society preserves today.

"Gwynnie" was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardener and most of the heritage and specimen trees were either planted by her, or under her direction. As an active member of the Chilliwack Horticultural Society (now the Chilliwack Garden Club) she established an award for the best Narcissus in its annual Spring Show, and it is still awarded in her name.

She enjoyed a good game of bridge and was an expert badminton player.

After marrying in the early 50's, she and husband Sam Bateman lived in Saskatchewan for a few years before returning to Chilliwack where they lived in her old home, enjoying their garden and a wide range of friends.

Board & Committee Members



Don Forbes                      President

Dan Coulter                     Vice President, Communications,

Beth Gillespie                  Treasurer, Park Bookings

Jack Allen                        House and Buildings

Lynne Goodwin                Website Social Media

Lisa Ballam                      House, Community Gardens


Membership:                     Gordon Gillespie, Beth Gillespie

Plant Sale:                        Beth Gillespie, Dan Coulter, Lynne                                                       Goodwin & Jack Allen

Friends Of The Park

Friends of the Park was formed in 2003 by Ken Wilson (former chief horticulturalist for Parks Canada in Ottawa), when it became clear that the Spring and Fall work days could not meet the maintenance requirements for the Park.

Linda Carabetta led Friends of the Park from 2006 until 2008, when Barb Thorkelson assumed a leadership role in the planning, designing, maintenance and expansion of the garden beds.

“Friends” meets every Tuesday morning from 9:00 – 11:00 March to October, followed by coffee and socialising. Turnout varies every week, with anywhere from 8 to 20 gardeners. 

To join this friendly group of keen gardeners just show up at the Park any Tuesday morning! For more information just contact us.

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46181 Hope River Road, Chilliwack BC

© 2017 Gwynne Vaughan Park

Pictures of our Park are primarily the work of Susan Milner

with contributions from David Gillespie