The Rotary International Garden of Friendship was conceived in 1994 by a member of the Harbourside Rotary Club in Victoria who solicited plant donations from Rotary clubs locally and around the world. The garden consists of two long borders and a shady woodland edging a large lawn. The wide range of trees, shrubs and perennials include pinus koraiensis from Khaborovsky, Russia, betula jacquemontii from the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation of India, juniperus chinensis from Newport, California, and parrotia persica from Istanbul, Turkey.
A Japanese maple by the iron arch was donated by the Victoria Harbourside Rotary Club. This tree has grown into a striking beauty, standing just a few feet from the stone monument acknowledging the gifts of the Rotarians.
Other notable trees include a pale pink early blooming cherry, an evergreen dogwood and a honey locust. Rhododendrons and azaleas are a feature in the spring followed by a collection of species peonies. The woodland is carpeted with Spanish bluebells early in the season, perennial salvias, agapanthus and grasses are a highlight of summer and peach coloured chrysanthemums are stunning in the fall.
The various benches are either ‘upholstered’ with topiaried golden box honeysuckle or surrounded by scented daphnes and lavenders encouraging visitors to take a rest and enjoy the garden.