Friends of Government House Gardens Society

Victoria, British Columbia

Blushing Lucy

Blushing Lucy is in full bloom in the Victorian Rose Garden and putting on a spectacular display.

photo of a large pink rose bush
Photo credit: John Barton


The Cut Flower Garden

A view of the Cut Flower Garden, overlooking the Children’s garden.

Photo courtesy of John Barton

This Year’s Garlic Crop

Image of garlic curing at Government House
Photo by John Barton

Brian Dellamore with this year’s garlic crop pulled today, now curing under the extension to the handsome Garden Shed built by Keith Bateman last year.

Himalayan Blue Poppy

An image of a Himalayan Blue Poppy at Government House
photo by John Barton

A View of the Duck Pond

image of fountain in the duck pond
photo by John Barton

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.


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.

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