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Victoria and Vancouver Island Sights

Abkhazi Garden

  • 1964 Fairfield Rd. Map It
  • Fairfield
  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 05/09/2012

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Called "the garden that love built," this once-private garden is as fascinating for its history as for its innovative design. The seeds were planted, figuratively, in Paris in the 1920s, when Englishwoman Peggy Pemberton-Carter met exiled Georgian Prince Nicholas Abkhazi. World War II internment camps (his in Germany, hers near Shanghai) interrupted their romance, but they reunited and married in Victoria in 1946. They spent the next 40 years together cultivating their

garden. Rescued from developers and now operated by the Land Conservancy of British Columbia, the one-acre site is recognized as a leading example of West Coast horticultural design, resplendent with native Garry Oak trees, Japanese maples, and mature rhododendrons. The tearoom, in the sitting parlor of the modest, modernist home, serves lunch and afternoon desserts, as well as breakfast on weekends. Watch for evening concerts in the garden.

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1964 Fairfield Rd., Victoria, British Columbia, V8S 1H4, Canada

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Sight Details:

  • Mar.–Oct. C$10; Nov.–Feb. by donation
  • Daily 11–5

Updated 05/09/2012


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