Explore Gardens of Victoria, British Columbia
Garden Design's self-guided day trip to 3 fabulous Victoria gardens.
Whether you arrive by car, ferry, or sea plane, a visit to Victoria is always an adventure. Often referred to as “Little England” (due to the Victorian architecture, which is enhanced in summer by spectacular displays of hanging baskets), it is also known as the “City of Gardens”, the mild coastal climate making this a gardener’s paradise. And while Butchart Gardens may be the best known garden, there are many others besides.
Local garden expert Stephanie Rose has suggested the following itinerary and invites you to enjoy three of her personal favorites in this very special city.
You’ll begin the day at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific, a wonderfully diverse educational space which is a true year-round destination. From here, you’ll take a short drive to the Abkhazi Garden, a former private estate on a dramatic rocky outcropping that embraces the natural topography. Finish your day in downtown Victoria and stroll through Beacon Hill Park. Whether you are drawn to the native Garry oaks, the traditional flower beds or simply want to see peacocks and the evening goat stampede, you won’t be disappointed.