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Gordon Cowen: VIU culinary arts instructor and bonsai tree lover

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Vancouver Island University's Culinary Arts instructor Gordon Cowen with his bonsai trees. (Vancouver Island University)

Vancouver Island University’s Culinary Arts instructor Gordon Cowen with his bonsai trees. (Vancouver Island University)

By day, they toil in the ivory tower’s rarefied air. After hours, they break out surfboards, silks and a bed of nails. These are the stories of Canada’s most adventurous university faculty and staff. Click here for the rest of our Hidden Talents series.

Gordon Cowen: For nearly two decades, Gordon Cowen has been a chef in Vancouver Island University’s culinary arts program. But for the same amount of time, he’s been cooking up an at-home obsession with a unique collection: Japanese bonsai trees. More than a thousand miniature trees fill two backyard greenhouses at his Nanaimo home, and watering them takes two hours a day. Bonsai trees are a status symbol that certainly brought good luck to Cowen—when he met his wife, who’s Japanese, they immediately bonded over his unlikely passion.


 

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