Wednesday, April 4, 2012


On June 22nd and 23rd of this year, The Friends of Government House Gardens Society and Government House will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 20th Anniversary of the volunteer group, Friends of Government House, with a horticultural event, BC BLOOMS HORTICULTURE SHOW.  Beautiful flower displays by floral designers, large Land Art Floral structures around the grounds, and a judged flower and vegetable show under the "Big tent" will highlight the show. 

In addition, there will be garden-related workshops, tours, a historic costume museum, face-painting, seed planting, and plants for sale.  Everyone is invited to enjoy the events at the ceremonial home of all British Columbians.  Free cupcakes will be available to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Friends  (while quantities last.)

The Government House grounds embrace 14.6 hectares (36 acres), including 8.9 hectares (22 acres) of a rare Garry Oak ecosystem, and 5.7 hectares (14 acres) of formal gardens. All formal garden areas are wheelchair accessible thanks to the efforts of the Government House Foundation, the Province of British Columbia and private donations.   The site is a popular attraction for Victoria residents, visitors, and tourists alike. Thanks to the time and expertise of dedicated volunteers, The Friends of Government House Gardens Society, the grounds are a well-utilized, much-treasured greenbelt for the community. With occasional exceptions, the grounds are open daily to the public from dawn to dusk, free of charge.

The complete list of different gardens (a sample listed below) can be viewed at the above-mentioned link under Individual Gardens. 
  • British Columbia Native Plant Garden

  • Dorothy Lam Orchard

  • Fountain Pond

  • The Joy Flint/BC Iris Society Garden

  • Rhododendron Gardens


For individuals wishing to participate in the judged horticultural show, floral and land art displays, contact Bryce Fradley ( or 250-294-4402) or Diane Wallace ( or 250-383-2830),
Horticultural Co-chairs BC Blooms. 
Fountain Pond, Government House Gardens

Heather Garden, Government House Gardens



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