Friends of Government House Gardens Society

Victoria, British Columbia



2016 Perennial Plant Sale

poster for 2016 plant sale

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Plant Sale:

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

First Plant Sale of the Season

The first Plant Sale of the season was held by the Nursery Group on May 14th featuring a wide selection of Bryan Taylor’s beloved Heathers, singly and in kits of nine plants. Also on offer were Peruvian Lilies, Hostas, Orange Geums and Japanese Maples. An enthusiastic line-up was on hand for the starting gun and almost $1000 was raised for the Friends.

An interesting and unusual collection of perennials will be offered at upcoming sales through the summer and fall. Watch for announcements on the timing of future sales.

Rockland Border Plants

The Rockland Border gardens contain a number of unusual plants.  The photograph on the left shows:  top left, Paraserianthes lophantha (Crested Wattle), native to Australia; top center, Tetrapanex papyrifer (Rice Paper plant) native to Taiwan; and top right with purple flowers, Solanum.  Planted below are ligularia, restio, Euphorbia griffithii, fuchsia and dahlia.  The photograph on the right shows  Abutilon ‘Tiger Eye’.  A tender perennial, Abutilon is a genus of many broadleaf flowering evergreen trees and shrubs, commonly called Flowering Maples.


Iris In Bloom

This is a great time to view the many iris species and cultivars growing in the gardens.   While the flowers come in many colours,  here is a sampling of three purple iris currently in bloom.


Rhododendrons in Bloom

The rhododendrons are in bloom.  Close-up photographs can be found in this gallery.

Camas In Bloom

Camas (Camassia quamash) are in bloom on the Terraces and in the Woodlands.


Nursery Group Update

Nursery Cold Frame March 2012
Joan Taylor checks plants in the new cold frame.

The Nursery Group propagation skills are now focused on serving specific needs of the Government House gardens for new plants, replacement of worn out plants or maybe simply for more plants. Behind every great garden is a good nursery. Reliance on local commercial nurseries is expensive. The Nursery Group is hoping to fill at least part of the requirements internally and provide a real savings. New facilities are in place so that a full range of propagation techniques can be used including cuttings, seeding and plant division. We can advise on the best way to meet specific garden needs with capacity to handle a significant plant volume or just a solitary specimen if that’s what is wanted. If there are left over plants after a project is completed then they will be sold. We are tracking new introductions particularly perennial varieties. Acquisitions will be displayed in the nursery for review if supervisors are interested in acquiring them.


A camellia blooming near the Pearkes Peak flagpole.

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