The Wild Flower Book
The Wild Flower Book

"A new play about the blossoming of

hope, love and a Canadian Classic"

Based on a true story of courage and hope in meeting the challenges of poverty and loneliness.

It is 1865 in Upper Canada, and newly widowed Agnes FitzGibbon must find a way to support her six children.  A talented amateur painter, she sets out to create the very first book of Canadian wild flowers.  Without a single colour press in the colony to print her illustrations, Agnes fears her dream will wither on the vine.  A Victorian woman in a man’s world, she faces her publisher’s reluctance, her mother’s disapproval and her own self-doubt.  Enlisting the aid of her three young daughters to hand paint each drawing, Agnes  discovers the importance of family and of belief in her dream… and changes the nature of Canadian book publishing forever. 

Venues and Show Dates

Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre

Tickets $20 Presented by The Chair Actors

5604 Trail Ave, Sechelt, BC, Phone 604 885.3513

Opening Night: Friday May 25th at 7:00pm

Sunday May 27th at 3:00pm

Friday, June 1st at 7:00pm

Saturday, June 2nd at 3:00pm

Sunday, June 3rd at 3:00pm

Tickets Available at:

The Sechelt Fish Market:  5688 Cowrie St, Sechelt, BC 

The Sechelt Visitor Centre:   5790 Teredo St, Sechelt, BC 

The Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre:  5604 Trail Ave, Sechelt, BC 

Gibsons Heritage Playhouse

Tickets $20 -  Presented by The Driftwood Players 

662 N Rd, Gibsons, BC, Phone 604 886.8998

Friday, June 15th at 8:00pm 

Saturday, June 16th at 8:00pm

Sunday, June 17th at 3:00pm

Tickets Available at:

Blackberry Shop:  287 Gower Point Rd, Gibsons, BC 

Laedeli Gifts:  900 Gibsons Way #45, Gibsons, BC  

Sechelt Visitor Centre:   5790 Teredo St, Sechelt, BC 

Link to buy tickets for Friday, June 15th at 8:00pm 

Link to buy tickets for Saturday, June 16th at 8:00pm

Link to buy tickets for Sunday, June 17th at 3:00pm

In The News

Strong women survive in slice of Canadian history

Three strong women who are single parents fight for financial survival  for  themselves and their families. Sounds modern, doesn’t it? But the story  of Mrs. Moodie, her daughter Agnes and sister Catharine Parr Traill is a slice of Canadian history from the 1800s, and it is explored now in an original play by Sechelt author Louise Phillips titled The Wild Flower Book to be performed starting May 25. 


 View the full story at The Coast Reporte

Canada’s first illustrated book receives stage adaptation

The Wild Flower Book, a new play by local playwright Louise  Phillips, premieres at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre on May 25.  The play tells the remarkable story of Agnes FitzGibbon, amateur watercolourist and a widow with six children, who, in 1868 published the first illustrated book in Canada, Canadian Wildflowers. Even more remarkable is that, without a colour press in the colonies, the beautiful and scientifically accurate illustrations had to be  hand-painted and 500 copies of the book had to be sold in advance for  $5, today’s equivalent of $85, for any publisher to take on the project.  FitzGibbon’s aunt was author and naturalist Catharine Parr Traill who  provided the text for Wildflowers. “I was quite taken by the story of Agnes,” says Phillips. “It has so much resonance for today. 

View the full story at The Local Weekly

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