About Us

Welcome To Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

The Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP), home to the Pacific Horticulture College, presents a year-round garden experience that all can enjoy.

Located just twelve kilometers north of Downtown Victoria, British Columbia, you will find a public garden lovingly cared for by volunteers, staff, and students. From our hands-on Children’s Garden to the largest outdoor Bonsai Garden in Canada, and the only outdoor bonsai Garden in Western Canada, you will find something to inspire at every visit.

We started to grow in 1979 and are proud to be a “gardeners garden”, connecting people with plants.

Being non-profit we are able to exist and be successful through the kindness of others, not just through financial donations but in hands-on volunteer work throughout our garden.

Come for an afternoon stroll. Meet knowledgeable staff and volunteers who are always happy to be of assistance. Step into tranquility and out of the urban rush of your day.

VISION STATEMENT

We are an internationally recognized botanical garden and a respected centre of life-long learning, conservation and research.

Mission Statement

The HCP will achieve its vision by effectively executing its mission of:

  • Providing an inspiring natural learning environment in which visitors and students can learn responsible horticulture and conservation practices and the importance of plants to a sustainable world.
  • Reaching out to our community and the world with innovative education programs that connect people, especially children, with plants and nature and increase awareness of the importance and fragility of our natural environment.
  • Developing, cataloguing and displaying a rich collection of plants that demonstrates the variety of plants that can be grown in our climate and contributes to the protection of biodiversity.
  • Demonstrating responsible stewardship of our conservation lands through our sustainable management practices, habitat restoration and education programs.
  • Providing high quality, accredited education for horticulture professionals by responding to the needs of the horticulture industry and our students through innovative programs.
  • Engaging in research with partners in plant sciences to expand our knowledge of native plants and their importance for biodiversity and sources of food.