Butchart Gardens Calling all garden lovers!  The JC Raulston Arboretum staff and I will be leading a tour to Vancouver and Victoria Island in August (18th-24th) when North Carolina gets TOO DARN HOT.  Lovely British Columbia will give us a bit of cool to beat the heat.  Join us for intimate tours of some of the best gardens in North America including:

The Abkhazi Garden - I visited this lovely garden started by Prince and Princess Abkhazi in 1946  (they started the garden in '46, I visited 60 years later), the year they were married. The garden is very discreet from the street, with only hints of what exists beyond the hornbeam hedge. What the visitor does find is a garden that embraces a natural landscape that is unique to Victoria. The garden is blessed with dramatic glaciated rocky slopes, magnificent native Garry oaks and gorgeous vistas.  This is a garden that few get to visit but it is oh so beautiful.

Abkhazi Gardens

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - The garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar's residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding paths and corridors, and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the garden emulates the rhythms of nature.  Fifty-two master craftsmen from Suzhou China, working with Canadian counterparts, completed this landscape masterpiece.  It is reminiscent of the famous Scholar's Garden in Suzhou, China as well.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden - This is one of my personal favorite botanical gardens with plant collections representing different ecosystems around the world.  I especially love the rock gardens and southern hemisphere plant collections.

Van Dusen Botanical Garden

Other gardens to visit include the world famous Butchart Gardens, Beacon Hill Park, The Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, Hatley Park National Historic Site (Hatley Gardens and Hatley Castle), Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory, and University of British Columbia Botanical Garden.

Deposits for this tour of world class gardens are due very soon and there are still a few spots left.  We can't wait to share these jewels of the Pacific Northwest with other garden lovers.  Prices are very reasonable and include airfare, lodging, transportation in B.C., admissions to all gardens, and a traditional Chinese dinner in Vancouver's Chinatown and of course the company of a great group of people.

Visit the JC Raulston website for more details at: http://tinyurl.com/lz5npzz