Ada Annie and William Rae-Arthur and their three children moved to Boat Basin in June 1915. They eventually cleared five acres of rainforest and were deeded 117 acres. Establishment of Boat Basin Post Office enabled Ada to operate a mail-order nursery garden. For addiitional income Ada trapped fur bearing animals and shot over 50 cougars for bounty payments. Ada bore eight more children and outlived four husbands.
Ada departed her beloved garden for the final time in 1983 and passed away two years later, days short of her 97th birthday.
After most of Ada's children moved away the garden slowly reverted back to rainforest. Against all odds the garden was restored, a process of over thirty years of hard work. In 1998 Boat Basin Foundation was established as a registered charitable organization to own (via donation) and maintain the garden property and to promote appreciation and education in cultural and natural history.