Keep Music Growing

Posted May 7, 2020


The Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour has been a treasured annual event in the community since 1982, bringing the community together to enjoy beautiful private gardens and delightful music from students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM). For the first time in its 38 year-long history, we must cancel our most important fundraising event as advised by the Ministry of Health in our fight against COVID-19.

The event is an essential fundraising event for the Victoria Conservatory of Music. It raises necessary funding to ensure we can provide the exceptional teaching, innovative programming, music therapy, children’s outreach programs, and quality performances.


Help us keep music growing and donate today at Canada Helps!


To celebrate Mother’s Day, we invite you to pay tribute to your mother or someone special or an essential service provider by making a donation in their name in lieu of buying Garden Tour tickets ($35 each). For each donation of $35 or more, we will post your tribute on our website and for every $140 (4 tickets) we “grow” our virtual garden. Although we may not be able to visit gardens this Mother’s Day, we can still celebrate those special people in our lives with a gift to music.

To learn more about this special campaign, visit


Dedication to Ann Nation

We are dedicating this “virtual” garden in memory of Ann Nation who, along with her husband George, combined their shared love of both gardening and music to create the Mother’s Day Garden Tour in 1982 to raise funds for the VCM. Mrs. Alix Goolden, Ann’s mother, founded the Victoria Conservatory of Music in 1964.

For two decades, the dedicated couple, along with a committed group of friends and volunteers, organized every aspect of the tour – coordinating the gardens, publicity, sponsorship, plant sale, and offering tea and music to the hundreds and thousands of visitors who have attended the Garden Tour over these many years.

This year we were honored to feature the garden of Chris Nation (Ann’s son). We’ve confirmed you’ll be able to experience his garden, and view the Alix Goolden Rose on our website this year and again, in person, during our 2021 Garden Tour next year.

Ann and George Nation

VICTORIA BC April 25, 2012- 1547 Yale Street, Victoria, B.C. (FRANCES LITMAN, TIMES COLONIST). For House Beautiful story by Grania Litwin.

Turn up the sound!

Follow the VCM Facebook page every Sunday in the month of May, where we’ll keep music growing and share current and past student and faculty performance videos. Turn up the sound and enjoy in your backyard or patio garden!

Thank you

We are grateful for your support during this unprecedented time. We hope you’ll join us in continuing to bring the community together through our love of our “Garden city” and the music that will always live deep in our hearts!

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