Victoria is known as “the City of Gardens.” Butchart Gardens is world-famous, and it’s spectacular, but it’s not Victoria’s only place to find flowers.
- Abkhazi Garden – a small garden operated by The Land Conservancy and created by a Georgian princess in the 1940s near the Oak Bay neighbourhood of Victoria. Admission is by donation.
- Beacon Hill Park – a city park with beautiful flower gardens as well as duck ponds and walking trails. Free admission.
- Butchart Gardens – the world-famous gardens located in the Brentwood Bay neighbourhood of Greater Victoria. Butcharts has a Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Mediterranean Garden, not to mention its most spectacular attraction of all – its Sunken Garden. Admission in the summer is about $32 for adults, $16 for youth ages 13 to 17, and $3 for children ages 5 to 12.
- Butterfly Gardens – an indoor tropical garden that features hundreds of butterflies and tropical plants as well birds, fish and other creatures.
- Finnerty Gardens – the free public gardens by the southern entrance to the University of Victoria.
- Hatley Castle Gardens – the Italian Gardens, Rose Garden and Japanese Gardens are on the property of Hatley Castle which is the former home of a wealthy industrialist and present-day Royal Roads University. Admission is about $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for children ages 6-17, and $30 for a family of four.
- Horticultural Centre of the Pacific – home of beautiful public gardens and an education centre in Saanich.
- Lieutenant Governor’s House – the grounds surrounding the beautiful home on Rockland Avenue of the Queen’s representative are free and have beautiful views. Free admission.