Author: Dana

Heather Garden

A demonstration of Heathers and companion plants that grow on a windy, sunny slope. 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. 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...

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Mediterranean Garden

Demonstrates plants that survive in a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and dry summers Foliage, colour and texture are key elements. A  garden that is pleasing to the eye as well as drought tolerant and low maintenance Tender succulents overwinter...

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Mixed Borders Garden

Today’s design trend is mixed borders because it can provide year-round interest in a smaller home garden. This is one of our most popular gardens showcasing unique plants A combination of small trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals and bulbs are attractive and interesting in all...

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Native Plant Garden

A natural setting that showcases Native plants that grow in a Garry Oak and Douglas Fir ecosystem. This habitat includes a dazzling display of spring wildflowers, moss-covered rocks, and a diverse bird and bat...

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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...

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Takata Japanese Garden / Zen Garden

A 20-year old garden dedicated to the ‘less is more ‘concept of Japanese gardens. Traditional plants, ponds, streams, ornate bridges, stone lanterns and an authentic teahouse that lead to a tranquil Zen garden. Can you find the subtle turtle in the Zen...

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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

2017 Spring Plant SaleApril 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pmPesticide Applicator CourseApril 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm|Recurring Event (See all)An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until April 23, 2017Pesticide Applicator ExamApril 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmMedicinal Herb Walk & Wildcrafting WorkshopApril 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmPropagating 101April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00...

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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 a committed and hardworking staff continue to guide the Gardens through a period of transition and rejuvenation. One of the planned projects starting within the Gardens this year if funds allow is the redevelopment of the front entry, which will emphasize a more welcoming feel, clearer signage, improved barrier-free access, and the replacement of an aging perimeter fence. The Gardens are a non-profit entity.  The staff, volunteers, and students manage to work wonders with a very modest budget which is always stretched to its limit.  Without the ongoing generosity of the many donors who have supported the HCP, it would not have been possible to create the gardens we see today. This support has been huge and is gratefully acknowledged by all. At this time we also hope that some...

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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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