Gardens to visit while in Victoria

June 18, 2010


Victoria is a city of gardens!

Victoria is known as the city of gardens. In summer, the city itself is festooned with wonderful hanging baskets and decorated with beautiful curb side plantings. There are many private gardens to see as you drive around, and several public gardens of particular note.

Abkhazi Gardens, rescued recently from the encroaching undergrowth is now a wonderful English Country strolling garden. 1964 Fairfield Road, Victoria, B.C. (250) 598-8096 | Toll Free: 1-888-738-0533

Butchart Gardens, a spectacular show garden not to be missed.

Government House, the gardens at the home of our Lieutennant Governor is open to public viewing and hosts several special events throughout the year. 1401 Rockland Avenue, close to downtown Victoria.

Hatley Castle Gardens, set on the grounds of Royal Roads University is an extensive seaside garden featuring the walled Italian Garden and the intriquing Japanese garden walk.

Horticultural Centre of the Pacific. A demonstration garden featuring many native species. There are experienced gardeners on hand at most times to tell you the story.

Finnnerty Gardens, at the University of Victoria is known for its collection of Rhododendrons. Finnerty Road

Victoria Attractions – short list

June 18, 2010

Empress Hotel, downtown Victoria

While exploring the city of Victoria, be sure to include a visit to the Royal BC Museum, which offers an expansive permanent museum collection, as well as exciting visiting exhibits, and is home to the National Geographic IMAX theatre.

Emily Carr House, the birthplace of Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most famous artists, is located downtown Victoria, just steps from the Royal BC Museum and the Provincial Legislature.
Craigdarroch Castle offers visitors to step back in time, through a tour of the lavish Victorian-era mansion situated near downtown.
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria shows a variety of works throughout the year from
their permanent collection, including Canada’s own Group of Seven, in addition to works by significant contemporary artists.

Markham House is rated

4½ stars by Canada Select and is known as one of the best places to stay in the Sooke Region. Our small resort B & B offers a tranquil and secluded oasis in the country side of Sooke, BC. You will enjoy our private 10 acres of gardens and natural forest.

We are also rated:
Three Lips Best Places to Kiss
Three Star North West Best Places
Three Star Fodor’s Guide

We accept: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Debit Cards
We are just 30 minutes west of the capital city of  Victoria, BC with it's arts, culture, museums (Royal B.C. Museum, Craigdarroch Castle, Maritime Museum), shopping and fine restaurants in both Sooke and Victoria, BC. The waterfront of Victoria is alive with marine activities, float planes to Vancouver, two International Ferries (the Coho and the Clipper), marinas, whale watching, and kayaking.

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Our Address is:
1775 Connie Road
Sooke, British Columbia
Canada V9Z 1C8

Phone (250) 642-7542