Blooming Victoria – 43rd Annual Flower Count!
February showers bring March flowers! At least here in wonderful Victoria, our annual flower count begins March 7th and ends March 14th, 2018. Last year, the 42nd annual count, there were a total of 138,798,660 flowers counted in Greater Victoria!
Fun fact! In the late 1960’s, members of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce started a promotion called “Victorian Days”. In late February, they would visit cities such as Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, handing out daffodils to the general public, radio stations and news rooms.
If you rather explore the blooms then count them here are some Glorious Gardens to visit in Victoria;
The garden is blessed with dramatic glaciated rocky slopes, magnificent native Garry oaks and gorgeous vistas. The garden flows around the rock, taking advantage of deeper pockets of soil for conifers, Japanese maples and rhododendrons which over the last 50 years have grown to an impressive maturity. Admission is by a suggested donation of $10 per person which is designated to TLC’s operation and maintenance of the garden.
The gardens offer more than 200 rhododendron species and azaleas along with an extensive planting of hybrids, most of them of early origin. This is a garden in active growth. Rhododendrons may be seen in flower from mid-January until late June, as well as extensive collections of spectacular perennials from July onwards. Companion plants such as Garrya, Chimonanthus, Hamemalis, Mahonia and Eucryphia extend the season through most of the year. Finnerty Gardens is free and open to the public year-round. It is located on the University of Victoria campus.
The Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP), home to the Pacific Horticulture College, presents a year-round garden experience that all can enjoy. Come for an afternoon stroll. Meet knowledgeable staff and volunteers who are always happy to be of assistance. Step into tranquility and out of the urban rush of your day.
One of Victoria’s top visitor attractions Butchart Gardens offers over a million bedding plants each year in some 900 varieties give you uninterrupted bloom from March through October. Almost a million people visit annually! Don’t miss this spring’s colourful flowering bulbs.
The Government House grounds embrace 36 acres, including formal gardens and a rare Garry oak ecosystem. The gardens are open every day of the year from dawn to dusk, free of charge.