Thursday, April 5, 2018

Late Winter Impressions on Vancouver Island


All images were taken at the Horticultural Center of the Pacific in Saanich-Victoria, on the Southern Tip of Vancouver Island in mid-March

Erica and Hellebores

“A direct descendant of the famous tree, grafted from a branch of the original Golden Spruce, onto Sitka Spruce rootstock. Because this tree was grafted from a lower branch of the original tree, it lacks the hormone needed to make one branch turn upwards to form a dominant vertical “leader”. Therefore, it can only form a bush, rather than the typical triangular shape of normal trees. To our knowledge, this is the oldest surviving direct descendant of the original tree”, as described by the Horticultural Garden.

Descendant of the original Golden Spruce

The Horticultural Gardens offer lots of interesting workshops throughout the year, 
for example:
The Art of Bonsai - Design and Care
Healthy Soil - Microbes for the Garden
Advanced Pruning
Native Plants and Their Use
Getting Started with Backyard Beekeeping

Amazing Stonework

Hazel Shrubs & Magnolias blooming

Huge Varieties of Bonsai in the Japanese Garden

Hellebores, lovely Winter Blooms in all Colors

Here are the address and their website
Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd, Victoria, BC


Enjoy your visit at all times of the year!