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Celebrate Earth Day 2019 in a Garden

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Spend Earth Day 2019 in The Gardens at HCP

What better place to celebrate the planet we call home than in a garden?

Spend Earth Day 2019 (April 22nd) in The Gardens at HCP and meet and interact with earth-minded community groups, nonprofit organizations, green businesses and more at this, “enviro expo for all things eco!” Admission is free and includes access to our nine acres of demonstration gardens to inspire you, as well as interactive children’s activities to engage the next generation of environmental stewards.

In addition to meeting and interacting with organizations at their booths, we’ll have some extra fun elements!

  • Interact with live critters from the Victoria Bug Zoo and feathered friends from Rent The Chicken!
  • Get answers to all your plant and gardening questions from the Victoria Master Gardener Association!
  • Hourly door prize draws from Butterfly Gardens, Nezza Naturals, Zero Waste Emporium, Whole Foods, and more!

11:00am Presentation: “Creating Frog-Friendly Spaces in your Backyard or Garden”

Did you know Saanich is home to 8 different amphibian species? We invite you to an exciting workshop with Paige Erickson-McGee, Stewardship Coordinator with HAT to learn more about our local amphibian critters and how to create and enhance ideal habitat elements and native plants for frogs and other native wildlife such as food sources, shelter, and nutrients. There will be a 30-minute presentation in the main event space followed by a 15-minute walk in the gardens.

1:00pm Presentation: “Pollinators and the Importance of Habitat and Native Plants”

Join Jenny Lotz, Staff Ecologist and Outreach Coordinator from Pollinator Partnership on an educational walk through our Native Plants Garden and 3 Bs (Birds Bees Butterflies) Garden! You’ll learn about pollinators, basic bee identification, and the importance of habitat and native plants. Please meet outside at the Pollinator Partnership booth to join this 30-minute walk ‘n’ talk.

Parking is complimentary but limited; please carpool or use alternative transportation if possible! If the lot is full, we ask that you respect our residential neighbours by using the overflow angle parking along Quayle Rd.

Interested in having a booth for your organization? We’d love to have you! Please email events@hcp.ca with “Earth Day” in the subject line and some information about what you’d like to showcase.

The Gardens at HCP acknowledges and thanks the W̱SÁNEĆ people (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) on whose unceded territory we live, learn, and teach. We respect our traditional hosts and honour their welcome and graciousness to everyone who seeks knowledge here.

Saanich Seedy Saturday at HCP

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Saanich Seedy Saturday at HCP January 12, 2019

Visit The Gardens at HCP on Saturday, January 12, 2019 for Saanich Seedy Saturday!

This year The Gardens at HCP will have an abundance of local certified organic seeds, along with tasty produce, a children’s table, and quality vendors at the Saanich Seedy Saturday.

Guest Speaker, Dr Trevor Hancock, Hon FFPH will be speaking on the topic of “Feeding a One Planet Region” touching on how the District of Saanich leads the way with One Planet Living initiatives.

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant and recently retired from his position as a Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. He is one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement, and for more than 30 years has worked as a consultant for local communities, municipal, provincial and national governments, health care organizations, NGOs and the World Health Organization.​

He was the first leader of the Green Party for both Canada and Ontario in the 1980s, and later co-founded both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. From 2012 – ​ 2015 he led a CPHA workgroup that has resulted in a comprehensive Discussion Paper on the ecological determinants health (May 2015) and was an external reviewer for the Rockefeller Foundation/ Lancet Commission on Planetary Health. He is now leading a series of local Conversations on the concept of Victoria as a One Planet Region .

He was made an Honourary Fellow in the UK’s Faculty of Public Health in 2015. In 2017 he was awarded the Defries Medal, the CPHA’s highest award, presented

$8 includes entry to gardens at HCP

Refreshments available at: Charlotte and the Quail

Saanich Seedy Saturday contact and registrations: Email Haliburton Farm


Golden Spruce Dedication Ceremony with Film Screening

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Golden Spruce Dedication

The Gardens at HCP is getting a piece of BC history. A tree propagated from the original Golden Spruce from Haida Gwaii will be planted in the Gardens on October 4th.

The public is invited to a dedication ceremony at 1 pm following by a reception and screening of the film “Hadwin’s Judgement” which is based on the book “The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed” by John Valliant. This book will be available in our gift shop.

We hope to see you at this exciting event and please come back as we all enjoy seeing the growth.


BC History recounts the amazing story of a proud, majestic and beautiful tree, the Golden Spruce – Picea sitchensis ‘Aurea’. Growing on Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands), its fame extended internationally, with people coming to view it from many parts of the world until this 300-year-old unique tree was cut down in 1997.

Scrawny in size, but immense in history, the little tree described in the article below, is now living in the Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) where it moved in October 2017. It is a direct descendant of that famous tree, grafted from a branch of the original Golden Spruce, onto Sitka Spruce rootstock (which is the green vertical branch that you see).

Because this tree was grafted from a lower branch of the original tree, it lacks the hormone needed to make one branch turn upwards to form a dominant vertical “leader”. Therefore, it can only form a bush, rather than the typical triangular shape of normal trees. The lack of chlorophyll (green) in the golden needles means that they sunburn easily and then some can drop off. This is why it needs to grow in a shaded spot. To our knowledge, this is the oldest surviving direct descendant of the original tree, but all others are the same shape as this tree, resembling a bush.

The full story of the original Golden Spruce can be read in the national bestselling book, available in the HCP Giftshop: The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed By John Vaillant

The DVD, “Hadwin’s Judgement” is a movie about the sad story of the events that led up to the cutting down of this magnificent tree, and is available to view or borrow for HCP members.

The following story is one dictated by Jim Kinghorn, the propagator of this tree, to his daughter in 2013, less than a year before he died. The tree spent most of its life at Jim’s residence in Saanich, and was moved to HCP as a donation to honor this amazing tree and its prominent place in BC History.

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The Gardens at HCP – Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

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Japanese bridge in the fall, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) started with volunteers in 1979, today it is a hidden gem that captivates and inspires all year around, one of Canada’s top garden treasures.

With nine acres of demonstration gardens to enjoy, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for your own garden. A further 100 acres of conservation park is home to endangered plant species and host to many native bird species.Over 100 volunteers assist in maintaining and growing the gardens and were the first to establish this unique setting. HCP is also home to Pacific Horticulture College, founded in 1987 providing year long professional horticulture education.Gardening focused community education programs run year around and our new Couvelier Pavilion provides a gorgeous setting for weddings and events.“The perfect place to share and stroll with friends and family.”

Japanese bridge in the fall, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.

Japanese bridge in the fall, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.

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The Gardens at HCP staff are thrilled to help you plan your wedding. We offer fabulous spaces for your ceremony, photography and reception. We welcome you and your guests to relax and create a memorable day together. Our modern Couvelier Pavilion includes audio-visual equipment, tables, tablecloths, chairs and more – all set in an inviting post and beam building with views into the Gardens. There are several spaces through the Gardens used for ceremonies allowing you to showcase your style.Learn more about wedding rentals on our website.

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