Victoria and the Saanich peninsula are almost entirely surrounded by the warm waters of the Pacific which help to give Victoria its Mediterranean-like climate. In fact Victoria boasts the warmest climate in all of Canada with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Gardening here is a year-round passion! The climate provides ideal conditions to grow many rare and unusual plants…many of which will be found in the outstanding open gardens scheduled for the weekend.
Victoria was founded as a British Colony and showcases many examples of heritage Victorian architecture within its boundaries. You are bound to see many of these stunning buildings during your tours to view the open gardens. Come view the exuberant hanging baskets on the decorative lampposts in the streets of our beautiful inner-city harbour. Take in High Tea at The Empress Hotel or walk the Parliament grounds while you soak up the scenery. You might want to take in the sights and sounds of our Chinatown, the second oldest in North America.
Victoria, of course, is also known world-wide for the famous 55 acre Butchart Gardens which entertain thousands of visitors year-round. There are also many other public gardens for you to peruse should you have the time: Hatley Castle, Government House, Abkhazi Gardens, and Finnerty Gardens. Of course the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific is well worth a visit just to see the Hardy Plant Borders and it is also where we will hold our fabulous Saturday night fete!