Born December 7, 1939 in Greenocki, Scotland, Bradbury immigrated to Saint John in 1968, then moved to Vancouver in 1988. A landscape architect, she wrote Is That You This Is Me (Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1982) and co-authored, along with Judy Maddocks, The Garden Letters (Polestar, 1995) and The Real Garden Road Trip (Polestar, 1997). Hoping to see as many Canadian gardens as possible, Bradbury convinced her friend and Garden Letters co-author Judy Maddocks to travel with her from Point Atkinson Lighthouse in B.C. to Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the most easterly point in North America, to meet more than 80 gardeners during their three-month car trek. Along the way they encountered a vegetable garden in a boat, an arboretum on a balcony, a garden on a cliff and other unusual greenery.

While serving on the West Vancouver Heritage Advisory Committee, Elspeth Bradbury produced a coffee table book on forestry of that area as a fundraiser for the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society, West Vancouver: A View Through the Trees (District of West Vancouver, 2007). The collaborative effort was edited by Valerie Frith. Bradbury credits the help of publishing insiders Don and Barbara Atkins, Jim Douglas, Rob Sanders, Mark Stanton, historian Doreen Armitage, project co-ordinator Hugh Johnston and dozens of others. 978-0-9784147-0-2

[BCBW 2003] "Gardening" "Forestry"