Friends of Government House Gardens Society

Victoria, British Columbia

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!

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.


Statue Unveiling

On 21 May 2012, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee,  the Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia,  opened Government House to the public.  The Lieutenant Governor, surrounded by the Pioneer Players in costume,  unveiled a bronze statue of  Sir James Douglas that now stands on a granite outcrop and looks towards the main entrance of Government House.  The statue was commissioned by the Government House Foundation and sculpted by Armando Barbon.    The Lieutenant Governor and Janet Renouf, President of the Friends, planted two Amber Jubilee Ninebark – a gift from the Province of Manitoba.  A ceremonial one-gun salute was fired by the 78th Fraser Highlanders.


Rockland Border Pond

The large pond in the Rockland Border garden features two stone fountains and attracts nesting ducks in the the spring and summer months:  the view looking east towards a conical  Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) and looking west past two male Mallard ducks.


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