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Friends of Government House Gardens Society

Victoria, British Columbia

New Woodland Trails

The Woodland trails are a favourite for visitors – dog walkers and joggers alike – but when the winter rains arrive many sections of those trails become waterlogged and unusable.

This Fall, Colin McCrea and his team, Jason Choquette and Patrick Trottier created a water diversion to bypass the worst of the ‘swamp’ on the most westerly point of the trail where every winter the water runs freely over the rocks. A new permanent pathway was created ten feet east of this diversion on slightly higher ground and cedar chips were brought in to build up the path. The cedar chips will not decompose at the same rate as the wood chips that we had used in the past that were usually sourced from our own oak and fir on the property.

Now we can all enjoy a dry walk in the Woodlands all year round and special plants that grew along the paths are no longer at risk.

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The Gardens in Snow 2017

The gardens of Government House always look spectacular – even with the occasional snowfall. These photos were taken by Friends volunteer Penny Tennenhouse.

2017 Volunteer Orientation

A volunteer orientation will be held on Tuesday, March 21 at 10 AM at Government House in the Maclure Room. Anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Friends either in the gardens or with one of the non-gardening activities may attend.

(Contact the Friends)

Snow!

Snow is an unusual event here in Victoria. One of the Friends captured the moment in the gardens at Government House.

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2016 Perennial Plant Sale

poster for 2016 plant sale


View our plant catalogue on YouTube:

Plant Sale:

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00 am to noon
June, July and August
Government House Plant Nursery
next to the Tea Room

Come garden with us! 

Orientation for new Garden Volunteers will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 10am in Government House.

For further information contact Nairn at 250-744-4019 or nairnhollott@shaw.ca

Transitions #2 – The Viburnum Hedge

The massive viburnum hedge to the east of the Victorian Rose Garden has been a topic of conversation at the Garden Management Committee for some time. It was overgrown, diseased and rife with blackberry canes and other undesirables. Originally a shelter for the rose garden, it now blocked the view and the sunshine from the east.

The Viburnum Hedge - little did it know.
The Viburnum Hedge – little did it know.

This spring both the will and the funds were present and Bartlett Tree Experts were hired to cut it down and remove the extensive root system.

Ah, that's better!
Ah, that’s better!

The area has been seeded with grass to provide better viewing access to both the Victorian Rose and Winter Gardens.

Transitions #1 – By the Duck Pond

The early spring this year gave us the opportunity to perform some major renovations in the gardens at the very beginning of the gardening season. Change is always interesting so the Friends website will try to capture the before, the during and the after in a series of blog posts called Transitions.

On the southern edge of the Duck Pond between Rockland 1 and Pearkes Peak there were a couple of beds overgrown with hypericum, cottoneaster and a kolkwitzia. Besides being out of control and impinging on the path, they blocked the western view of the pond and the bamboo grove. A local family wished to donate a crab apple tree and this became the impetus to renovate the area.

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Before the renovations

The roots were mighty, but the team of Pearkes Peak gardeners were mightier and here is the result.

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Ah, that’s better!

 

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