South Island Garden Guide

Earlier this week I profiled some of the North Island’s most picturesque gardens, ready to burst with Spring colour and lush lawns. This morning we’re heading south in search of gorgeous greenery on the South Island.

Hazelwood Herb Farm [website]
13576 Adshead Road, Ladysmith, BC

With five acres of almost every and any herb you can imagine, both foodies and chefs will be charmed by Hazelwood Herb Farm. More than just herbs, however, Hazelwood also features meadows and woodlands. Be sure to stock up on delicious gourmet foods and preservatives in the gift shop, harvested by the very ingredients grown at the farm.


Photo: Hazelwood Herb Farm

Mayo Creek Gardens [website]
6596 McLean Road, Lake Cowichan, BC

Stunning flowers and perennials are the main attractions at Mayo Creek Gardens. The refreshing air of the Cowichan Valley feeds the abundant nature at Mayo Creek Gardens, making it a popular spot for everything from tea to fashion shows amongst the gardens. Mayo Creek Gardens also offers gardening workshops, so call ahead or visit them online for further information on getting your green thumbs dirty.

Photo: Vancouver Island Garden Trail

Organic Fair Farm & Garden [website]
1935 Doran Road, Cobble Hill, BC

The 100-mile diet isn’t a lifestyle that’s new to Vancouver Island. More and more local businesses are dedicated to this movement, and the Organic Fair Farm & Garden in Cobble Hill is certainly one such place. Stocking everything from coffee, tea, chocolate, cheese from Hilary’s Cheese, True Grain bread and wines from Cherry Point Estate, this place has it all. The adjacent organic farm is open to visitors all year round, which is the perfect place to learn just how these certified organic products are made on site.

Photo: Organic Fair Farm & Garden

The Butchart Gardens [website]
800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, BC

Internationally renowned and locally treasured, the Butchart Gardens have been charming guests for decades. Open 365 days a year with stunning seasonal displays, Butchart Gardens has an array of activities along the winding paths that are spread out over their 55 acres. With ice skating at Christmastime, nightly fireworks in the Summer and Japanese cherry blossoms in the Spring, Butchart Gardens is the perfect place to get lost for a few hours – or a whole day.

Butchart Gardens
Photo: Ian Redan on Flickr

Abkhazi Garden [website]
1964 Fairfield Road, Victoria, BC

Since the first seeds were planted in 1946, Abkhazi Gardens has grown into one of Vancouver Island’s most incredible garden spaces. Landscaped with everything from natural rock formations, Japanese maples and a rainbow of colour in the floral displays, Abkhazi Garden is truly a place that leaves a lasting impression. Now in the hands of The Land Conservancy, Abkhazi Garden is protected from any sort of commercial or residential development.

The entrance
Photo: Mike Kamermans on Flickr

Beacon Hill Park [website]
Between Douglas Street, Cook Street and Dallas Road, Victoria, BC

Beacon Hill Park is arguably Victoria’s most beloved park that’s a favourite with families and tourists. Featuring stunning vista views and wandering wildlife, it’s also become a favourite with photographers. Belonging to the City of Victoria since the 1880s, it’s since been lovingly cared for and developed, including a petting zoo, dog-friendly trails and is bursting with plants, shrubs and trees that are native to BC. Word has it that Beacon Hill Park was also a favourite playground of artist Emily Carr when she was a child.

Victoria's Beacon Hill Park Photos
Photo: Steven Tan on Flickr

If you missed my profile on the North Island’s gardens, you can find the post here.

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