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25th Annual Arts & Music in the Gardens at HCP

By Scott McDonald |

25th Annual Arts & Music in the Gardens at HCP

Experience Arts & Music in the Gardens at HCP – 2019!

The Gardens at HCP is excited to host the 25th Annual Arts & Music in the Gardens. This incredible weekend showcases 3 stages of live music and over 50 local artists, vendors, and exhibitors, all nestled in 9 acres of award-winning gardens.

Arts & Music in the Gardens is our marquee fundraiser and all proceeds are dedicated to the development of The Gardens at HCP — named ‘Canadian Garden of the Year’ at the 2017 Garden Tourism Awards! 2019 also marks the 40th anniversary of the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific and 40 years of connecting people to plants.

As always, admission is free for HCP Members. Check that little green card in your wallet to see if your membership has expired, and if so, renew before August 10th to save time at the gate. (Those who renew or purchase new memberships at the event will have their $10 admission reimbursed.)

The Victoria Master Gardener Association will be onsite to answer all of your plant and gardening questions — conveniently next to our plant sale!

This event is not possible without the time and talents of over 100 volunteers. Volunteers receive free admission to the event on the day of their shift along with free goodies and refreshments. Please email Cheri at volunteers@hcp.ca to sign up!

Our regular parking lot is reserved for dropoffs, bicycles, and vehicles with a Parking Permit for People with Disabilities. All other vehicles, please take advantage of the free field parking on Beaver Rd where there will be volunteers to guide you, or angle parking along the fenced side of Quayle Rd.

We are currently taking a wait list for artists and musicians. Please email Megan at events@hcp.ca for more information.

2019 Summer Picnic Series in HCP’s Gardens

By Scott McDonald |

Summer Picnic Series in The Gardens at HCP

This summer come and have a picnic in one of the many gardens at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific!

The Gardens at HCP is extending their hours every second Wednesday night from June 5, 2019. They especially encourage families and friends to come and enjoy a lovely picnic on their grounds.

Admission is by donation between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. Bring your own dinner and find a bench or lawn to enjoy your meal while enjoying the sounds of a local musician.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 – 5:00 and 8:00 pm

Wednesday, 19, 2019 – 5:00 and 8:00 pm

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 – 5:00 and 8:00 pm

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – 5:00 and 8:00 pm

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 – 5:00 and 8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – 5:00 and 8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 – 5:00 and 8:00 pm

Local arts vendors will be on site and you can browse through their selection of goods or visit the Master Gardener booth with your garden related questions. Our plant sale area has a lovely selection of plants propagated by our volunteers from our garden and you might find a leafy friend to take home with you. Vendors and musicians will be listed here closer to the time.

Bring your sketchbook, guitar, outdoor games – it will be a wonderful evening.

If you would like to explore your creative talents during picnic night, consider signing up for a Paint and Picnic class with local artist Rose Cowles. Classes run from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. No experience required, all levels welcome, but spaces are limited. Call  to register and hold your spot – 250 479 6162. This is a great activity to do as a group.

You may also be interested in Saturday Fireworks at the Butchart Gardens, which is close by.

Saanich Seedy Saturday at HCP

By Scott McDonald |

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


Picnic in the Gardens at HCP

By Scott McDonald |

Picnics in the Garden at HCP

Enjoy a Picnic in the Gardens at HCP – Free Admission too!

The annual summer Picnic in the Gardens at HCP has returned! Bring a picnic and enjoy your dinner in a beautiful setting. Admission is by donation.

Picnic in the Gardens at HCP happens on four (4) dates:

May 30, 2018 – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

June 27, 2018 – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

July 25, 2018 – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Aug 29, 2018 – – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

And if you liked picnicking in the garden, The Gardens at HCP is the place to say “I do” for your wedding! With a variety of spaces, including a Japanese garden, they offer everything you need from beautiful spaces for your ceremony, photography, and reception. They were named the ‘Best Outdoor Venue’ of 2016 at the Vancouver Island Wedding Industry Awards, so it’s easy to see why they book up so far in advance!

Imagine a garden wedding

Find out more about a garden wedding at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

Interested in a career in Horticulture? Find more about a Horticulture Certificate program at The Gardens at HCP.


The Gardens at HCP – Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

By Scott McDonald | Arboretums , Botanical Garden , GardensBC-Member , Vancouver Island

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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