Located in an elevated position behind Government House, the Terraces offer a spectacular view over the Woodlands to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains.

Left to languish in a near wild state for many years, today the Terraces feature ribbons of terraced patios and rockeries. The area’s exposure to sun, wind and summer heat has produced a unique micro-climate that allows for many unusual plants to flourish.

The native Gary oaks are a contrast to the more exotic yuccas, phormiums and dracaenas and provide a structural contrast to a colourful variety of shrubs, perennials and bulbs that offer bloom throughout the year.

Southern hemisphere plants that thrive in this location include callistemons, grevilleas, kniphophias, azaras and agapanthus. Together with euphorbias, cistus, hellebores and succulents set amount the craggy rock outcroppings this plant palette creates a peaceful landscape reminiscent of the Mediterranean.