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Friends of Government House Gardens Society

Victoria, British Columbia

A Few Changes

 

A new edition of the Cary Bulletin has been published today in advance of the start of the new gardening season. You’ll notice a few changes. As most of the Friends are now receiving the Bulletin electronically the new edition contains more colour, more pictures and should read very well on your computer or tablet screens. For those of you who prefer the print edition, fear not, it has been sent to our printer and will be mailed to you, as usual, very shortly.

Another change is that, from this edition forward, we are putting the electronic version of the Cary Bulletin in the public section of the website. A few changes were made for privacy protection to allow this. This will make the Bulletin easier to download and easier to pass along the link to friends and colleagues across Canada and around the world. Feel free to share it liberally.

You can find the Bulletin on a new page below the “The Friends” menu item or just click here.

Enjoy – and spread the word.

 

The Queenie and Orm Benson Garden

Visiting members of the family in the Queenie and Orm Benson Garden. From left to right: David Donaldson, Diane Donaldson, Greg Benson, Rosemary Donaldson, Roberta Benson, Miriam Kaufman, Brian Donaldson and Sheila Benson.
Visiting members of the family in the Queenie and Orm Benson Garden. From left to right: David Donaldson, Diane Donaldson, Greg Benson, Rosemary Donaldson, Roberta Benson, Miriam Kaufman, Brian Donaldson and Sheila Benson.

To honour Orm and Queenie, who was a dedicated member of the Pool Garden team, their family made a bequest to the Friends that was used to revitalize a section of Pearkes Peak, a shaded section beside the main path leading from the House to the Bruce Pavilion. The family members, pictured above, were given a tour and detailed explanation of the improvements made to the garden with the bequest by the Friends Head Gardener, Valerie Murray.

Commenting afterwards, Roberta Benson wrote, “I loved the garden and it felt just right as a living memorial of our love for Queenie and Orm for us and others to enjoy.”

Queenie and Orm Benson
Queenie and Orm Benson

 

Museum: Elegant New Additions

Photo of Evening SuitHere, at the Costume Museum, we’re pleased to share two wonderful outfits just recently donated to the House by The Honourable Iona Campagnolo, 27th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Visitors to the museum may now view a dashing uniform designed and worn by Her Honour to military receptions and gala military events, as well as her elegant violet and purple evening suit, created by First Nations designer Debra Sparrow.
Be sure to stop by the Museum soon to see these and many more costumes from the rich and varied history of Government House of British Columbia.Photo of red uniform

Composting

While most volunteers have downed tools for the winter months,  work is still ongoing in the gardens.  Last week a large rotary grinder was on site,  turning this year’s garden waste into next year’s compost.

   

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.

  

Raising Hosaqami

On September 8,  Lieutenant Governor Steven Point and 500 guests raised a  new Hosaqami totem pole at Government House.   The original Hosaqami, carved by Chief Mungo Martin for the Royal Canadian Navy in 1959,  was presented to the Royal Navy and  stood for 30 years at Portsmouth, England.  The new Hosaqami, carved by Chief Tony Hunt,  was commissioned in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.  Chief Hunt, a grandson of Chief Martin, helped with the original pole when he was a boy.

    

Traditional Pole Raising Ceremony 2012

BC BLOOMS Floral Arrangements

Floral arrangements ,  grouped and judged in  15 classes (3 novice and 12 open)  plus Ikebana by invitation,  were displayed in the Government House ballroom.  Below are pictures of an open class, two-sided Fire/Water arrangement.

      

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