Friends of Government House Gardens Society

Victoria, British Columbia


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.



Some amazing land art was on display during BC BLOOMS including floral Victorian women,  barnyard animals, and a cedar bear.


BC BLOOMS Peoples’ Choice

During BC Blooms, visitors to Government House were asked to voted on their favourite floral displays.  The people’ choice for floral design was a royalty-inspired display created by Anita DeZeng.   The people’s choice for land art was the Peacock created by the Victoria Flower Arrangers’ Guild (Susa Currie, Julie Noble, Dianne Green, and Rosanna Gustafson).


BC BLOOMS Photo Draw

Aside from bit of rain on Friday,  BC Blooms was a great success.  We will post photographs soon.   Adele won the draw for the photo canvas featuring Camas and Garry Oak on the lower Terraces.  Congratulations!

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