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August 29, 2013

Roy Recommends – Best Way to See Historic Gardens – Victorian Garden Tours

Guests at Chateau Victoria ask me all the time about the Butchart Gardens. They are the most famous gardens in Victoria. But did you know that there are many other beautiful heritage gardens throughout the city? Whether an avid gardener or simply an admirer of beauty, these gardens will take your breath away!

Victorian Garden Tours offers unique tours throughout some of the best local gardens around. You’ll see Hatley Gardens – the largest intact Edwardian gardens in Canada, Jewel Box, featuring two one hundred year old apple trees and a rainbow of hellebores surrounding a heritage cottage, or Heritage Home – a trend-setting garden with plants hailing from New Zealand and Australia, inspired by Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf.

Another option is the Emily Carr Tour. See Victoria through the eyes of Canada’s leading painter and writer, Emily Carr (1875-1945). You’ll hear stories about this amazing woman, see the places that inspired her art, and explore the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Visit to submit your tour request or phone 250-380-2797. They will put together a tour package based on your preferences and contact you to finalize details.

Roy Recommends

Roy has been a Concierge at the Chateau Victoria since 2004. He loves people and he loves Victoria. His favourite part of being a Concierge is introducing guests to the many hidden treasures that Victoria has to offer.