Join us on May 7th and 8th (10:00am – 4:00pm)
Strolling through beautiful gardens carried along by wonderful music, is there truly any better way to spend the day with a woman you love? This Mother’s Day weekend (May 7/8) we invite you to connect with gorgeous gardens and enjoy the beautiful Victoria Spring with us. Your two-day pass grants exclusive passage to ten hand-picked, enchanting oasis to revel in the inspiration and joy of gardening while enjoying music from VCM students, faculty and guest musicians.
Also, don’t miss our fantastic plant sale.
Weather is looking lovely!
NEW THIS YEAR is our
MOST OUTSTANDING PLANTER CONTEST
We have put a creative challenge out to our contacts in the plant nursery community of Victoria to WOW our 1,200 tour attendees and win their vote for their favourite planter. (Garden Tour attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on their favourites and possibly take them home)
- Holland Avenue Nursery
- Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre
- VGC/Art Knapp Plant Land
- Thrifty Foods – Fairfield Road
- Thrifty Foods – Island Hwy
- Thrifty Foods – Wallace Drive
- The Potting Shed at The Root Cellar
Below are NOT the submissions but just a few examples to get your creativity going!
The Victoria Mother’s Day Garden Tour has been an important fund raising event for the Victoria Conservatory of Music since 1982. The tour is the brainchild of George and Ann Nation. For 20 years they coordinated the gardens, grew the plants and organized the plant sale, offered tea and provided music to the visitors.
Brian Johnston now coordinates the tour with major help from the Nations and their broad network of friends and volunteers. They maintain the high standard of private gardens that visitors have come to expect.
Visitors come from all over the world to view and enjoy Victoria’s acclaimed private gardens. The gardens range from exotic to native, established or new, country acreage to city spaces. Many visitors come armed with cameras to take away ideas for their own gardens. All come to enjoy the beauty and hear the music presented by the students and faculty of the VCM.
Garden Tour Tickets
ONLINE TICKET SALES ARE NOW OVER BUT YOU MAY PURCHASE OFFLINE AT ANY OF THE LOCATIONS BELOW.
$30 (when purchased in person)
(children 12yrs and under free)
Contact: Victoria Conservatory of Music
(250) 386-5311 or 1-866-386-5311
Or purchase in person with our front desk 900 Johnson St. Victoria, BC.
Our 2016 tour is on May 7th and 8th (10:00am – 4:00pm)
PLEASE NOTE: Abkhazi Garden access begins at 11:00am
Brentwood Bay Nurseries
Elk Lake Garden Centre
Green Thumb Garden Centre
Little Elf Garden Centre
Poppies Floral Art
Shieling Cards & Gifts
Turley’s Garden Centre
Enjoy the tour,
Our 34th Annual Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour features ten incredible private gardens.
THE GARDEN LOVE BUILT
(Access to this garden begins at 11am each day)
The Prince and Princess Nicholas Abkhazi created one of Victoria’s most beloved and world renowned gardens. Enter through the rhododendron grove and then walk up to the summer house for awe-inspiring views back along the Yangtze River and the rocky outcrop. Keep an eye out for the resident turtles.
Clouds of pink willow hovering over mounds of Choisya greet you at the gate. Along the driveway is a burgeoning fernery, and finally the surrounded back garden, with neighbouring climbing roses high atop the foliage, make for a charming and quiet space.
GARDENS ARE FOR CHILDREN, TOO
A vine covered fort protects the entrance to this garden where we are greeted by a trampoline, flowering cherries for climbing, rhododendrons for camouflage and an enormous hydrangea to hide behind plus a small pond for watching tadpoles grow into frogs.
YOU CAN TAKE THEM WITH YOU!
Her passion for rare and unusual plants and imagination create a new garden in Victoria which will delight plant lovers. They will be fascinated with her combinations of colour and textures. Mature plantings from a former garden create the bones for this new space along with many new fellow travelers.
Enter this large and gracious spring garden and explore the different rooms and paths which have been put together with an artistic eye by an internationally renowned artist. A life well-travelled is expressed through thoughtfully chosen sculptures that elicit memories for the garden owners.
WEST MEETS EAST
This professionally designed garden blends the elements of west coast landscape and eastern aesthetics. Sensitively placed large boulders around a tranquil pond lead the visitor to a covered cedar gazebo. This space allows one to contemplate and view nature.
LE JARDIN DES OISEUX
Enter this gem of a garden down graveled pathways, leading you to a secluded sanctuary. Clipped hedges contain romantic roses and lavenders creating a formal, stylish and sophisticated city garden.
BE SURPRISED AND ENCHANTED
This garden is a fascinating collection of Japanese maples and perennials, shrubs, and spring bulbs, arranged under a canopy of Gary Oaks. Richly planted borders surround an expanse of lawn in this woodland space. View the garden from the large deck which is filled with a variety of even more plants.
Water and rocks are blended together to create a Zen quality to this garden. Both the plant choices and water features are professionally designed with good hardscapes creating various levels and viewing sites in this modern setting.
IT’S THE BEES KNEES
Anyone looking for a small space packed with artistically grown edibles can gain inspiration from this urban farm, complete with bees. Espaliered fruit trees, including a fig, are included with raised vegetable beds. The owner, who is a floral designer and aroma therapist, uses her garden for inspiration and materials.
Epipens will be on site