A walk through the Finnerty Gardens

In the idea of opening the New Year with a colourful post, I will show a few images from a small but charming garden seen in Victoria (Vancouver Island).

The Finnerty Gardens, located on the grounds of Univ. of Victoria, came into being as a result of the Buchanan family estate donation to the university. At their property in Lake Cowichan, Mrs. J. Buchanan Simpson and her husband developed over the years a large collection of Rhododendrons, mostly grown from seeds; when it became impossible to manage the collection, Mrs. Buchanan made the right decision.

Although it is not a botanical garden, many species have signs with the names, and besides the large number of rhododendrons and azaleas, there are many other interesting plants displayed in an enchanting woodland atmosphere. Among most notable: a large Davidia involucrata tree, Magnolia species, Styrax japonicus, Michelia, Camellia, a stumpery with lots of ferns, and also native species of the region like Vancouveria hexandra and Dicentra formosa.

An absolutely delightful place, I hope the colors will make it up for the lack of sun – click to enter the gallery and enjoy the short walk!


Entrance is free, parking also free on the weekends.


7 replies
  1. Jed Johnson
    Jed Johnson says:

    Very tranquil and peaceful – Thank You!
    Am in the process of obtaining an APHIS-USDA small lot of seeds permit – hope to place an order soon. Thanks Again!

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Hope everything is explained clear on the US-Ordering page; if you need more info please use the Contact form – thanks!

  2. Julie
    Julie says:

    I have been tying to create a Victorian Stumpery here, its slow progress collecting just the right stumps. I have log piles for invertebrates, but its not the same of course. Lovely garden.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      The stumpery is a rarely seen garden feature here; I find it very useful to showcase ferns and other shade plants (I had to limit the pictures number, you know why ;)

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