Fodor's Expert Review Abkhazi Garden and Teahouse

Fairfield Garden/Arboretum
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 1-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 teahouse (www.abkhaziteahouse.com), in the parlor of the modernist home, serves lunch and afternoon tea daily until 4 pm, with reduced hours in winter.
Garden/Arboretum Romantic Cruise

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

778-265–6466

www.conservancy.bc.ca

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Rate Includes: C$10, Closed Mon. and Tues. during Oct.–Mar.

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