Author: Dana

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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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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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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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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