Horticultural haven in Victoria, B. C.

Visit the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific any day of the year
Rachel Goldsworthy

Be it daphne or dahlias, something is blooming every month at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia. In August, for instance, fuchsias spill from hanging baskets, and beds of Asiatic hybrid lilies, dahlias, and roses provide bursts of color. The mild climate on Vancouver Island is one reason for the floriferous nature of the place, but in larger part credit goes to the hard work of hundreds of volunteers and 20 students who study landscape horticulture here.

Located on a south-facing slope above a small lake, the 103-acre site encompasses 21 display and demonstration gardens featuring plants from heather to mixed perennials. One Saturday each month, the center offers inexpensive workshops on subjects ranging from organic vegetables to Japanese gardens. Upcoming special events include the eighth annual Artists in a Country Garden show on August 10 and the fall plant sale on September 13.

The center is open 8-8 daily year-round; $7.50 (Canadian) admission. 505 Quayle Rd.; www.hcp.bc.ca or (250) 479-6162.