Author: Dana

The Children’s Garden

This garden offers a mixture of experiences with features to touch, smell and explore. With vegetable beds changing with the seasons, children can help weed, sample lettuce, broccoli, and peas, and learn about the different aspects of these plants. Children can seek out the Sempervivum salamander, the living Thyme bench, the kid-size arbor, and slate patio with...

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Bonsai Garden

Created in 2014, with over 60 bonsai trees on display. Bonsai is a Japanese phrase meaning “plant in a tray. It includes many styles of miniaturized tree arrangements and containers that work together as a unified whole to present an artistic representation of mature trees. The collection is very diverse and has many trees native to Vancouver Island on display (including Mountain hemlock, Douglas fir, White spruce, Ponderosa pine, Yellow cedar, Western Red cedar, and Shore pine). There are also many exotic trees include Japanese maple, Ginkgo, Chinese elm, Pyracantha, Japanese larch, Hornbeam, Beech, Hinoki cypress, Japanese black pine, and Shimpaku...

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Ann’s Garden

Created as a cottage-style garden in memory of Barbara Ann Jardine (1923-1991), a long time volunteer at the HCP. A mixture of old-fashioned flowering shrubs and perennials, spring bulbs, self-seeding annuals, and biennials create an informal, colourful, three-season garden.  Plants include Primula, Narcissus, Tulipa  and Myosotis in the spring; Clematis Montana ‘Pink Perfection’ climbing up into the Douglas Firs for a spectacular early summer display; Hydrangea, Gaura, Geranium, Helenium in the summer; and Anemone japonica and Sedum spectabile for fall interest. This is a genuine memorial garden in that it utilizes plants that Ann Jardine loved, and also carries...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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