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Cultivate Memories

Cultivate Memories in Victoria, B.C.

Victoria boasts the mildest climate in Canada so it's no surprise that we are usually the first city to start blooming, often months before the rest of the country catches up. Come spring, cherry and plum blossom trees transform many of Victoria’s streets and boulevards into a sea of stunning white and pink petals.

Flowers at Butchart Gardens

Cultivated Gardens

Over a century ago, Jennie Butchart began building what is now one of the world’s premier floral show gardens. Today, the master gardeners at The Butchart Gardens ensure that there are blooms to see year-round, however, the vibrant colours of fall make September and October fantastic times to visit.

Take in the exquisite Japanese Garden, which floods with filtered sunlight during the early fall evenings, creating gorgeous shadows and textures of immersive greenery. It’s a refined beauty experienced best at this time of year, when you’ll also benefit from the fact that the summer crowds have dispersed.

In Oak Bay, visitors and locals alike can opt to enjoy an afternoon tea service surrounded by native Garry Oaks and rhododendrons at Abkhazi Garden. Tip: Ask the friendly staff about the garden’s royal history!

Hatley Castle & Gardens

Heritage Gardens

Victoria’s rich history includes several National Historic Sites, like Point Ellice House and Hatley Castle and Gardens which both feature restored Victorian rose gardens. Spend an afternoon relaxing in Hatley Castle’s Japanese garden or look for birds in the thriving sanctuary of the saltwater lagoon.

Flowers at Abkhazi Garden

Tours

For those who wish to learn about Victoria and its world-class gardens, a guided walking tour with Victorian Garden Tours is a wonderful option. With small group sizes and knowledgeable, passionate guides, you’ll get a rich look into Victoria’s garden culture and history while learning about native plants and flowers along the way.

Nurturing nature is just one of the reasons the region is known around the world as the Garden City. Dig into the local culture on your next visit to Victoria, B.C.

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