For a 36th year, the Victoria Conservatory of Music promotes springtime in Victoria with beautiful gardens — and the perfect musical accompaniment.
Pretty posies, blossom-scented air, the joys of gardening and music performed by VCM students, faculty, and guests are again at the heart of the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s fundraising Musical Garden Tour on Mother’s Day weekend in May.
A $35 two-day pass purchased in person ($37 if bought online) grants you entry to 10 select Victoria-area private gardens, where you can enjoy riots of floral colour, water features, and spectacular greenery, with thousand of plants that can be grown in this part of the world, as well as plants native to New Zealand and South Africa.
The floral oases chosen offer rock gardens, four-season gardens, a putting green (!), harmonies of colour and shape, with counterpoint of texture and atmosphere.
“The range of the garden experience, as well as the commitment of our committee and volunteers this year is inspiring,” says Jane Butler McGregor, CEO of the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Once again, there will be a fantastic plant sale and a contest for the most outstanding planter which will be created by some of the areas most notable nurseries. The entries will be part of a silent auction after the winner is chosen.
Money raised by Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour ticket sales helps the VCM maintain its music and outreach programs and special musical events while enriching community life in Victoria.
The Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour was the brainchild of George and Ann Nation. For 20 years they coordinated the offering of private gardens, organized the plant sale, and provided music to visitors. George died last year, but his vision lives on.