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Our Eleventh Year

The 11th annual Victoria Water Garden Tour is a self-guided tour of designated outstanding local gardens and outdoor spaces which showcase unique water features such as fountains, waterfalls, ponds, streams and lakes. These well-balanced water gardens provide a pesticide-free environment for birds, pollinators and other wildlife while providing a soothing and relaxing atmosphere for all to enjoy.

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Gardens and Artists

The gardens that have been chosen this year represent a range of simply elegant creations to botanical extravaganzas that will provides the visitor with an experience rich in visual texture and wonderful smells that set free your inner gardener’s imagination. Add in the tranquility of some live musical accompaniment to these visual and olfactory senses and enjoy your day of meandering through some amazing gardens!

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Easy to Follow Map

Not a great street navigator? You can relax. The route of the 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 destination garden sign will have the colourful flags of Canada and Tanzania…you won’t miss it!

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Designers On-site

Light refreshments will be available at one of the gardens providing you with an opportunity to relax and learn about the organizer of this event; For the Love of Africa Society. Every water garden has volunteers, many who are members of the For the Love of Africa Society (FTLOA) and who are available to answer questions about the society. Each volunteer is identified through their colourful T-shirts, their name badges, and their welcoming faces.

We are happy to welcome volunteers from the Master Gardeners’ Association of B.C. at some of the gardens on the Tour. The role of Master Gardeners is to share their gardening knowledge with their community. Come and profit from their knowledge and the generous contribution of their time.

Thank you to this years sponsors

This Years Gardens

Don't Miss Any of this Years 11 Stunning Gardens

1. bursting with botanical vigour

North Saanich
3/4 acre of spectacular gardens, bursting with botanical vigour along gentle paths that follow streams, waterfalls & ponds. Designer- Dave Jewitt, Ponds Victoria

2. Oasis of outdoor living

Brentwood Bay
Oasis of outdoor living enhanced with fruit trees & ponds that separate peaceful patio spaces giving endless opportunities to enjoy all.

3. tranquil pond and impressive flowers

Cordova Bay
Beautiful, large garden with a tranquil pond, impressive flowers. Learn about FTLOA’s projects & enjoy LIGHT REFRESHMENTS sponsored by Wayne & Cindy Garner of JONESco Realty

4. Breathtaking ponds & streams

Cordova Bay
One acre of magnificent gardens. From 2 ponds & streams, the property is breathtaking. Both owners are gardeners.

5. Tropical meets West Coast

Cordova Bay
Tropical meets West Coast – 2 beautiful homeowner designed koi ponds, with overhanging palm trees, hug the homes front entrance & greet you with the serene sounds of tumbling water.

6. delicate stream flows over ivy covered overhang

Blenkinsop Valley
Lovely rural landscape holds a special spot where a delicate stream flows over an ivy covered rock overhang into a small pond, surrounded by a natural, mossy rock garden setting & canopy of Garry oak

7. large natural rock outcropping

Cedar Hill Cross
Wonderful garden, lovingly designed by homeowners with a stream appearing from the base of a large natural rock outcropping & tumbling down to a relaxing patio

8. lush shrubs with a large koi pond

Gordon Head
Serene garden with a profusion of lush shrubs in harmony with a large koi pond adds perfection to your stroll on the path or relaxing in a chair.

9. Tranquil woodland garden

10 Mile Point
Tranquil woodland garden with a beautiful stream winding down & over rock ledges in to a pond – peaceful sounds & calm setting provides much enjoyment on their patio. Designer – Tony Huibers, Shibusa Pond & Landscape Services

10. cascading waterfalls to a large pond

Gordon Head
Impressive large rocks dramatically frame the sloping landscape with new plantings & a stream cascading over waterfalls down to a large pond which greets you at the home’s front door. Designer- Aaron Wing, Chi Earth & Waterscapes

11. Gentle waterfall garden with raised beds

Gordon Head
Soothing sounds from a gentle waterfall in an impressive pond – garden enhanced with raised beds of fruit & veggies


Learn more about this years Designers

All Proceeds go to the For the Love of Africa Society of Victoria. Together we can bring health and hope to one small part of the African continent. We are not just a society, but a community working together for the benefits of not only the people in Tanzania but for one’s own enjoyment and self-fulfillment.

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