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The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

For over 15 years, I lived in the same neighbourhood as the HCP. In fact, I drove past the centre whenever I took Quayle Road over to West Saanich. Yet it wasn’t until I met Deborah Donahue, the GM for the gardens that I realized how much I had missed by not slowing down to experience everything on offer. This is a local gem, hiding in plain sight!

The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

Step into Tranquility and Wisdom
You will find something to inspire you every time you visit HCP. Meet knowledgeable staff and volunteers who are always happy to assist you with the variety of plants that can be grown in our climate and can contribute to the healthy biodiversity of our planet.

HCP inspires a natural learning environment to connect people—including children—with plants and nature. Their innovative education programs increase awareness of the importance and fragility of our natural environment and the importance of plants to a sustainable world. Youth Programs, college and community education classes are offered.

And there is so much more…

Horticultural College
The Gardens at HCP is also home to the Pacific Horticulture College, a designated training provider for horticulture professionals for the past 30 years. Graduates of this accredited program are in demand throughout the horticulture industry, including municipal parks departments and gardens. Many establish successful small businesses specializing in general maintenance and landscape design.

HCP is also a 9-acre beautiful public garden, with plant sales, weddings and community events. Our biggest fundraiser of the year, ‘Arts & Music in the Gardens’ is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year on August 10th and 11th!

Every Plant Tells a Story
The Gardens at HCP has been part of the horticulture community, a tourist destination, a local favourite and a centre of plant education since 1979. It’s fair to say over the past 40 years they have created their own history. Even their plants have their own storied past:

  • Japanese Maples in Takata Garden that are over 100 years old
  • A cutting from a 300-year-old famed Golden Spruce, that is the oldest surviving direct descendant of the original tree, cut down in 1997, or
  • One of the biggest collections of Bonsai in North America!

They even have a way for you to take home some plant history for yourself! When you visit the Plant Sale area, you’ll discover plants propagated by some of the centre’s 256 volunteers! Several people connected to the gardens are keen gardeners and often donate unusual seeds, plants and cuttings for the centre to propagate and sell. Many species come from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It makes it so easy to introduce a new plant species to your own garden or balcony display!

HCP Pavilion for Events

The Couvelier Pavilion
The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific is happy to assist social event and corporate planners in bringing their meeting, workshop, event or family gathering to life. The red cedar beams and Pacific Northwest architecture of the Couvelier Pavilion offer a refreshing, accessible space to gather with nine acres of award-winning gardens available for breakout space!

The Couvelier Pavilion can accommodate up to 105 people theatre-style or 96 at round tables. If you plan to set up a buffet or silent auction inside, 60-80 guests may be more comfortable. There is plenty of adjacent outdoor space for buffet tables, BBQs, or food trucks. More information here:

HCP has helped so many couples say “I do” in their gardens. The venue was named winner for ‘’Best Outdoor Ceremony Venue’ in 2018, finalist for ‘Best Unique Wedding Venue’, and winner for ‘Best Collaborative Styled Shoot’!

Site visits are available by appointment. Please contact our Event Manager by email ( or phone our front desk at 250-479-6162.

Upcoming Events

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) 
July 2, 16, 30, Aug 13 | 10-11am – Stories in the Shade
July 2 | 1-2:30pm – Youth – Herb Creations
July 3, 17, 31, Aug 14, 28 | 5-8pm – Picnic in the Gardens
July 4 | 10-11:30am – Youth – Fairy Gardens
July 4 | 1-2:30pm – Youth – Terrarium Gardens
July 15, Aug 19 – By Donation Monday
July 16 | 1-2:30pm – Youth – Eco Crafts
July 18 | 10-11:30am – Youth – Tea Making
July 18 | 1-2:30pm – Youth – Spa Time
July 20 | 9am-Noon – Plant Identification & Culture
Workshops and Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Aug 10, 11 | 10am-4pm – Arts & Music in the Gardens
Aug 12, 19 | 9am-4:30pm – Pesticide Applicator Course
Aug 17 | 1-4pm – Plant Identification & Culture Workshops

505 Quayle Road, Saanich | Tel 250-479-6162 |

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