Author: Dana

Doris Page Winter Garden

Dedicated to horticulturist Doris Page, who was credited with bringing Hellebores to Vancouver Island and for showing that Victoria is one of the few places in Canada where you can garden year round. Winter visitors will see several varieties of Hellebore and spring bulbs in bloom as well as enjoy the sweet scents of Sarcococca, Daphne odora, Lonicera and Chimonanthus praecox. Key elements for winter interest are: colored berries, coloured bark & stems, branch structure & form, flowers and fragrance, evergreen ferns, and ornamental...

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Drought Tolerant Garden

The changing climate has necessitated a need to alter our watering practices. Exposed to full sunlight, all plants are chosen to provide long seasons of interest & light watering requirements (once established). Plants include cacti, succulents, hardy prairie plants, and mediterranean herbs. In addition plants normally associated with more moist conditions such as Achillea (Yarrow), Belamcanda chinensis (Blackberry lily), and Diascia, have been included for experimental purposes. This garden demonstrates a variety of plants that tolerate hot and dry summer conditions. One of the challenges for a drought tolerant garden in Victoria will be to foster plants that can survive with...

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Herb Garden

This garden takes you on a delightful and educational journey. The garden contains five distinct sections, each laid out to provide the visitor with species information and planting interest. This garden incorporates design elements from monastery and cloister gardens of medieval Europe to pre-Christian household gardens. A dry stone wall at the south end is constructed to deflect cool winds (which can do more damage to plants then cool temperatures). When you visit, touch the rosemary, thyme and lavender and be transported by their fragrances. In spite of the problem free characteristic of most herbs, this is not a low maintenance garden....

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Hardy Fuchsia Garden

A collection of hardy Fuchsias that grow well in our climate. Fuchsias are easy to care for plants that are pruned in the spring after the last of the hard frosts and will flower from late-spring/early summer until the first hard frost in fall. A formal geometric style provides pattern and structure. Styrax japonicus trees provide the partial shade required for many Fuchsia...

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Heather Garden

A demonstration of Heathers and companion plants that grow on a windy, sunny slope. “Heather Drifts”, which simulate vast moorland covered with heathers. A “river” of summer-flowering varieties flows down through all three beds. Different varieties of heather provide blossom colour for nine months of the year, and foliage colours of some varieties are striking year-round. Peak flower color is February-April and July-September. On a sunny spring day visitors are struck by the sight and sound of all the bees foraging among the flowers, grateful for nectar at a time when food is...

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Lily Garden

This garden is devoted primarily to the genus Lilium and demonstrates different varieties of asiatic hybrids, trumpet hybrids, and oriental lilies, in a wide range of sizes and colours. It includes lily cultivars from all divisions and many species are represented, many hundreds of bulbs in total. Companion plants include many other genera, including a wide variety of Iris and other perennials, to provide interest year round. May-August is the peak bloom period, the garden then being magnificent with dramatic blooms, luscious scents and exuberant growth typical of Lilium. Another highlight of the garden is the mimosa tree Albizia...

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Mediterranean Garden

Features plants found in the different regions of the world where Mediterranean gardens flourish: South Africa, California, the Mediterranean Basin, Central Chile, South Africa, and South Western Australia. Victoria has a modified Mediterranean climate ( hot/dry summers, and very wet winters), drainage is key to the survival of these gardens. Several plants found in this garden must be lifted prior to winter and stored in order for them to survive, as they are not hardy in this climate. Foliage, colour and texture are key elements of this display. A  garden that is pleasing to the eye as well as drought tolerant and...

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Mixed Borders Garden

Today’s major design trend is a mixed border garden, because it can provide year round interest in smaller home gardens using a combination of plants that: horticulturally belong together, look as if they belong together, and fit in with their surroundings.  Special attention is given to the relationships among foliage texture, plant size, bloom time, and hot or cool colour use. Architecturally, the trees and shrubs create a secluded valley that one walks within. This is one of our most popular gardens showcasing unique...

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Native Plant Garden

A natural setting designed so that plants, indigenous to the Pacific Northwest, can be seen growing in an actively cultivated area as well as in a natural setting. Only 20 native species were on site when the garden was started in 1999.  There are now over 100 species. The 1,630 square metre (0.4 acre) garden is located in a typical lower Vancouver Island setting featuring rocky outcrops, Garry oak, Douglas-fir and spring flowering bulbs such as camas, shooting stars,  fawn lilies. It also provides a natural habitat for both flora and  fauna. The volunteers who maintain this area also participate in...

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Ornamental Grass Garden

Color and size, texture and growth habit add a graceful structural element to this garden. Planted as background, accent plants, screens or edging, grasses add movement and sound to the landscape. Naturalized perennials among the grasses, as well as woody plants, add interest in all seasons. Low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and deer-resistant Ornamental grasses deserve a spot in every...

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Rhododendron & Hosta Garden

A woodland setting demonstrates a harmonious garden with year-round interest by displaying both evergreen and deciduous Rhododendrons. Several varieties of Hosta as companion plants provide unusual leaf textures, color and flowers after the peak Rhododendron display (late April to early June).   Generally, most rhodos like shade or part shade and were originally planted under the large Douglas-fir and Grand fir trees but because of a root rot (Phellinus) many of the more hazardous trees were felled. This area has poor drainage so most of the rhodos had to be elevated, coarse sand and leaf mulch added and many drainage...

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Takata Japanese Garden / Zen Garden

Named for the Takata family who owned and operated a Japanese garden in Esquimalt from 1907-1942. When they were forced to leave Victoria they gave many plants to their Gorge neighbours including 2 Japanese maple now over 100 years old that were transplanted here in 2008 as a gift from one of those neighbours on the Gorge. This garden was designed to recreate the unique components of traditional Japanese “stroll gardens” with the focus on understatement and simplicity. Design features include: Moon viewing bridge made in a traditional, minimalist Japanese style is a popular spot for wedding photos due to...

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The Urban Garden

Demonstrates organic principles and sustainable practices in an environmentally-friendly setting. Demonstrates what a homeowner can do on a small urban lot. The history of the potager and of kitchen gardens and victory gardens during the war, show that the reintroduction of urban food production is a viable and sustainable alternative to shipping food from far...

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The Children’s Garden

This garden offers a mixture of experiences with features to touch, smell and explore. Children can seek out the Sempervivum salamander, the living Thyme bench, the kid-size arbor, and slate patio with...

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The Farm Garden

Located in the lower field. Demonstrates how to grow a combination of veggies, flowers and herbs organically in raised beds. It is in full sun. Drip irrigation is used. Practices in this garden:  crop rotation, companion planting, succession planting, attracting beneficials, growing green manure crops, and saving...

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Upper Veggie Garden

This garden demonstrates the variety of vegetables that can be grown in our climate year round. It includes herbs, small fruits and many flowering plants – some are edible and some are there simply because they grow independently of care. The raised beds provide better drainage and allow the soil to warm up quickly in the spring. An environmentally-friendly and organically-grown...

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Conservation Park

Free to the public, this 100 acre site includes second growth Douglas Fir surrounding wetlands, walking and cycling trails, and a bird watching platform near the Interurban car park. For about 20 years, efforts have been underway to restore and maintain this area in a condition similar to its historical state with facilities for low impact human visits. Ongoing forest restoration includes endangered Garry Oak habitat and edible native...

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Upcoming HCP Events

Fairy Garden Drop In SessionsJuly 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am|Recurring Event (See all)One event on July 22, 2017 at 10:00amGarden Arts Camp – July 24 to 28July 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pmPicnic in the GardenJuly 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmStories in the ShadeAugust 1 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 amStepping Stone WorkshopAugust 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00...

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Volunteering

Why Volunteer at the HCP? We have some exciting new vacancies for garden volunteers for 2017. Email us [email protected] for more information. Become part of a close-knit group of volunteers and experience some of these great benefits: • Learn from gardening mentor • Gain landscaping work experience • Share your knowledge • Make new friends • Spend time in a beautiful space • Get fit & keep fit • Contribute to conservation • Interact with other gardeners • Fun social events Volunteer as a Gardener Volunteers work with staff to keep our gardens attractive and maintain our plant collections. Some volunteers...

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Donate To HCP

Help Us Grow Why does HCP need your support? The Gardens at HCP are unique, enchanting, well-loved, and nurtured—truly a “hands on” garden experience. Much of the creation and maintenance of the gardens has been carried out by teams of volunteers, providing experiences rich in mentorship, camaraderie, and healthy outdoor exercise. HCP continues to reach out and assist with horticultural initiatives within the larger community. The Pacific Horticulture College educations industry horticulturists, HCP partners with Saanich in upgrading and maintaining Outerbridge Park, and our Community Education is always current with gardening and environmental trends. In 2016, the Gardens see...

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Other Donation Options

Tribute Benches  A bench nestled quaintly in the Gardens at HCP is a lovely way to reflect upon fond memories and honour loved ones. The cost of placing a tribute bench in the Gardens at HCP is $5,000.00. While all efforts will be made to place the bench in a spot preferred by the family, the final choice of location will be made by the Head Gardener.  There is a limited number of benches allowed in the 9 acres of display gardens. A tribute plaque will be provided with the bench and wording of recognition confirmed by the family....

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Gifts Of Securities

You Will Benefit by Donating Your Publicly-traded Securities – Not Cash You may not have the available cash, but you can still make a difference and benefit tax-wise by the gifting of “publicly-traded securities”. This is more tax-effective than selling the securities and donating the cash proceeds. If, for example, you sell units of a mutual fund and donate the proceeds to HCP, you will have an income inclusion of the taxable capital gain, which is equal to 50% of the capital gain realized upon the disposition of the units. However, if you donate publicly-traded securities “in kind” to a HCP the inclusion rate on the capital gain is 0% instead of 50%. Your charitable donation receipt is for the same amount as if you had donated the cash proceeds from the sale of the mutual funds, yet the tax owing on the capital gain is eliminated by donating the securities “in kind”. Example: You want to make a $100,000 donation to HCP’s Couvelier Pavilion Campaign and receive the right to name a portion of the building. You have a mutual fund investment valued at $100,000 that you donate: The adjusted cost base for this investment is $40,000. The unrealized capital gain on the investment is $60,000. Income inclusion if you cash in the mutual fund and donate the proceeds: taxable capital gain is 50% x $60,000 = $30,000...

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Planned Giving

Planned Giving Most good financial stewards reach a point where they decide to initiate estate plans. They want to leave their affairs in good order and to take care of the people they love. They may also consider in their legacy plan a bequest to an institution that is of particular interest to them. The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific might be the place that comes to mind, with its emphasis on the joy of gardening, the rewards of volunteering, preservation of natural environments, and the development of improved varieties of landscape plants. The “seeds” planted by way of...

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New 2016 Programs & Services

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