The Victoria Water Garden Tour is an annual self-guided tour of gardens and outdoor spaces in which water features such as fountains, waterfalls, ponds, streams and lakes have a defining role. A well-balanced water garden provides a pesticide-free environment for birds and other wildlife, while providing a soothing and relaxing atmosphere for all to enjoy.

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Tour crowds enjoying a beautiful water garden

The gardens that are chosen each year represent a mixture of features, from the relatively simple to the more involved, and from self-created to designer-created. This range provides the visitor with a tour rich in visual texture and with a vision of what is possible. The serenity of the musical accompaniment complements the visual images to produce a tranquil and relaxing ambiance for a day’s outing.

2015 is the 9th Annual Water Garden Tour. It features gardens that portray what can be achieved in the uniquely picturesque Victoria environment and the more rural and open environment of the Saanich Peninsula. Fountains and streams, ponds and waterfalls will delight, and the surrounding suburban and rural landscapes in this year’s Tour will inspire the imagination; all helped by the melodies from the hands of our volunteer musicians. Light refreshments will be available at one of the gardens, providing you with an opportunity to relax while learning about the For The Love of Africa Society that has organized the Tour.

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For the Love of Africa Volunteers

The route of the 2015 Water Garden Tour is clearly indicated on the ticket you purchase. Each location is numbered and there are signs at the first major junction before the home you are visiting, as well as at the home itself. The latter sign will have the colourful flags of Canada and Tanzania (this year’s national cause).

Every water garden has at least two volunteers of the For The Love of Africa Society, who are available to guide you through the garden and to answer questions about the Society. Each volunteer is identified through their colourful T-shirts, their name badges, and their smiling and welcoming faces.

They will be happy to help you.