The Gardens At HCP

The Golden Spruce

BC History recounts the amazing story of a proud, majestic and beautiful tree, the Golden Spruce - Picea sitchensis 'Aurea'. Growing on Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands), its fame extended internationally, with people coming to view it from many parts...

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Herb Garden

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...

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Hardy Fuchsia Garden

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...

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The Urban Garden

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...

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The Farm Garden

The Farm Garden

Located in the lower field. The vegetable garden is where the technicians and the public learn how to grow many types of produce and  gardening techniques suitable for year-round harvesting. They learn companion planting, crop rotation, organic methods of...

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The Cutting Garden

The Cutting Garden

From Spring to Autumn, from seed to bouquet, a riot of colors and scents create a stunning floral display. Flowers are used to create the gorgeous bouquets that can be found outside the front office.

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Birds, Bees & Butterflies Garden (The 3B’s)

Birds, Bees & Butterflies Garden (The 3B’s)

This garden was created to demonstrate a variety of plants that attract Birds, Bees and Butterflies to a backyard garden. A mixture of nectar- and pollen-rich plants throughout the seasons include early spring Crocus, summer-blooming Monarda and Echinacea,...

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Conservation Park

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...

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Upper Veggie Garden

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...

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Ann’s Garden

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...

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Bonsai Garden

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...

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The Children’s Garden

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...

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Doris Page Winter Garden

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...

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Drought Tolerant Garden

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...

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Heather Garden

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...

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Lily Garden

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,...

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Mediterranean Garden

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...

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Mixed Borders Garden

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....

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Native Plant Garden

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...

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Ornamental Grass Garden

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...

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Rhododendron & Hosta Garden

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...

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Takata Japanese Garden / Zen Garden

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...

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Harvest Festival – October 28 – 9:30am – 11:30am

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Upcoming Events

Sat 28

Harvest Festival at the HCP

October 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Nov 05

Twining a Bowl with Rush and Sedge Workshop

November 5 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Nov 05

Kids Garden Club

November 5 @ 9:45 am - 11:45 am
Nov 05

Terrarium Garden Workshop

November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Nov 18

Fish and Food – Aquaponics Workshop

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Nov 18

Plant Identification & Culture Workshops

November 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nov 20

By Donation Monday

November 20
Nov 20

Level 3 Program Starts

November 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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