Local Gardens to Visit
These gardens are open to the public and worth a visit, whether to inspire a local or impress a visitor.
These gardens are within fairly easy reach of most people living in Victoria. Some gardens are free to visit, others have an admission charge. Please visit the specific garden’s web site for final information about hours of access and any admission charge.
A heritage garden property in Victoria, BC. Created by Prince and Princess Abkhazi in the mid to late-1940s and maintained and improved by them throughout their life together. Currently being restored to its former glory.
Open Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm until March 31, and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm 7 days a week for the summer months. (admission charge)
Beacon Hill Park
Alpine Rock Garden, Grassland, Garry Oak woods. The Alpine Rock Garden was established in the 70s and spring is a wonderful time to view these early-bloomers. Also in the spring are the fields of crocus, lupines, camas and cool-weather grasses to enjoy and explore.
One of the world’s premier floral show gardens. (admission charge)
This 2 1/2 acre garden features Asian-inspired design with koi ponds, ceramic art, large sculptures and whimsy. The mixed plantings blend into a bog, wild garden and native garden. Developed by artists as a ‘work in progress’. (by donation)
More than 1,500 rhododendron and azalea plants, including 200 collected rhododendron species, and a spectacular range of companion plants. Located on the south-west edge of the University of Victoria campus.
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific (formerly known as Glendale Gardens)
The Garden for Gardeners with nine acres of spectacular gardens showcasing over 10,000 varieties of plants, the majority of which are labeled. Home to the Horticulture College and the Doris Page Winter Garden. (admission charge)
Government House Gardens
The Government House grounds embrace 14.6 hectares (36 acres), including 8.9 hectares (22 acres) of a rare Garry Oak ecosystem, and 5.7 hectares (14 acres) of formal gardens.
Access to the park is off Rock Street or Cumberland Road. This park is approximately 3.7053 ha. It includes areas of Garry Oak eacosystem and as well as cultivated areas. Some of the Rhododendrons and Azaleas in the Park are over 50 years old. Don’t forget to visit the park in May for a spectacular show of colour.
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a wild oasis in the heart of the urban landscape and includes two distinct ecosystems: the beautiful marshland of Swan Lake and the spectacular Garry oak meadow on Christmas Hill. Both are home to an incredible array of native plants and wild animals. Admission by donation.