Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour

37th Annual Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour

Each Mother’s Day weekend we invite you to connect with gorgeous gardens and enjoy springtime in Victoria with the VCM.

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.

Garden Tour Tickets

Tickets will go on sale in Spring 2020

Available through the Victoria Conservatory of Music Box Office:
900 Johnson St. Victoria, BC  |  250-386-5311 or Toll Free 1-866-386-5311

 

37th Annual Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour

Strolling through beautiful gardens carried along by wonderful music, is there truly any better way to spend the day with with your family and friends?

This Mother’s Day weekend we invite you to connect with gorgeous gardens and enjoy springtime in Victoria with the VCM.

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Plant Sale

Don’t miss our fantastic Plant Sale for even more outdoor inspiration. The Plant Sale offered a wide variety of fresh, healthy plants to add to or start your own garden oasis, with all sales benefiting the Victoria Conservatory of Music. From succulents to shrubbery, hanging baskets to fresh herbs, the  Plant Sale offers something for every garden and every gardener.

Last year’s sale raised over $11,000 for important student scholarships and programming, and we’d love to raise even more!

Performers

The VCM’s students and faculty volunteer their time to perform, ensuring that the Garden Tour experience is especially magical. Last year 135 hours of music was performed for attendees! When  you see a musician at the tour, give them an extra round of applause.

Volunteers

Thank you to our fabulous group of  volunteers who help make this special weekend such a delight for our guests, musicians and garden owners alike. Over 80 volunteers are needed each year, so if you’re interested in becoming a Garden Tour volunteer, please contact Brian Johnston by email at:  jbrianjohnston@shaw.ca

This event wouldn’t be possible without the volunteer Garden Tour Committee, led by Chairman Brian Johnston, our amazing staff, and our many sponsors and supporters.

About the Garden Tour

From exotic to native, established or new, country acreage to city spaces, every outdoor oasis featured as part of the Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour offers an exquisite treat for the senses. Paired with music and musicians provided by VCM students and faculty, these unique spaces are elevated to the truly sublime.

An essential fund raising event for the Victoria Conservatory of Music for close to 40 years, the Garden Tour raises money for important VCM scholarships and programming.

It is the brainchild of Ann and George Nation, the dedicated couple coordinated every aspect of the tour for two decades.

Brian Johnston now coordinates the tour with help from an amazing team of volunteers, who proudly maintain the legacy began by Ann and George Nation.

As the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s biggest annual fundraising event, we are thrilled to have raised almost $95,000 in 2019 to help us enrich lives through music.

We are so grateful to the owners who spent hours preparing their private, gorgeous gardens and opening them up for the public to enjoy.

 

 

 

GARDEN TOUR SPONSORS

Huge thank you to the wonderful companies that support our Garden Tour and allow us to keep the music playing!

PRESENTING SPONSOR

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MOTHER’S DAY SPONSOR

 

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PERFORMANCE SPONSORS

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NOTABLE SPONSORS

 

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VCM TICKET SALES PARTNER

 

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Ann and George Nation

The Garden Tour was created 37 years ago by Ann and George Nation, to raise money to support the VCM which Ann’s mother, Mrs. Alix Goolden, founded in 1964.

For many years, 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.

George, an avid gardener, grew every single plant and cutting that he submitted every year to the Plant Sale; there are many people today who can look at their own magnificent gardens to see what is now a beautiful tree or plant that was created by the hands of George Nation!

George passed away on March 12th 2017 at the age of 97 after living a long, active, vibrant and successful life.  We honour George for his energy and spirit and for his unfailing support of and dedication to music education. May George’s love of music and gardening live on through the Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour for generations to come!

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