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Friends of Government House Gardens Society

Victoria, British Columbia

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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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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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