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Nature is never far away in British Columbia, even in cities and towns.

Vancouver's Stanley Park was named one of the “Five Best Urban Escapes in Canada” by The Independent, a UK newspaper (2007). As well, dozens of BC communities have beautified their green spaces through the national “Communities in Bloom” program.

Gardens flourish in southern BC due to long growing seasons, mild temperatures and a healthy amount of rainfall. Stroll by perfectly coiffed blooms at The Butchart Gardens near Victoria or investigate exotic species in Vancouver's UBC Botanical Garden and VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Looking for a unique garden experience? Admire fields of fragrant purple lavender at the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm, wade into a seaweed garden near Sooke, or join a boat tour from Tofino to visit Cougar Annie’s garden.

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Bloedel Conservatory - Vancouver

4600 Cambie Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5V 3H4
Websitehttp://www.vandusengarden.org
Toll-free
Phone604-257-8584

Experience the colours & scents of the tropics year-round!

Bloedel Conservatory is a domed lush paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop the City of Vancouver's highest point. More than 200 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants & flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment. Constructed through a very generous donation from Prentice Bloedel, Bloedel was dedicated at its opening in 1969 "to a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants." Now featuring a brand new roof and volunteer docents on weekends, it is jointly operated by Vancouver Park Board and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association. Together, these partners also operate VanDusen Botanical Garden.

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Butchart Gardens - Brentwood Bay

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J8
Websitehttp://www.butchartgardens.com
Toll-free866-652-4422
Phone250-652-4422

Open year-round, this world-renowned garden occupies 22 ha (55 ac) with stunning floral displays. Enjoy the Rose Carousel & Children's Pavilion! Great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local ingredients & an extensive BC wine list. Enjoy afternoon tea year-round, complete with lovely views. The Seed & Gift Shop carries many local artists' creations. Summer offers evening entertainment, Saturday night fireworks & eco-friendly electrically-operated boat tours of surrounding waters including historic landmarks of cement manufacturing days. Christmas - phenomenal lighting, entertainment, outdoor ice rink. National Historic Site of Canada & Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experiences Collection® See website.

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - Vancouver

578 Carrall St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 5K2
Websitehttp://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com
Toll-free
Phone604-662-3207

Built in 1986, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first full-scale Scholar garden built outside China using traditional techniques. Covered walkways & exquisite architecture make it a delight in any weather or season, with the same relaxing, serene landscape as found in the old, private gardens of China's ancient elite. This living museum promotes the understanding of cultures through daily tours, festivals, monthly art exhibitions, music concerts & unique live theatre productions in summer. One-of-a-kind finds in the Eight Treasures Shop. Located in the heart of Chinatown, a short walk from downtown Vancouver & historic Gastown, near parking & public transit.

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Elysium Gardens - Kelowna

2834 Belgo Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1P 1E2
Websitehttp://www.elysiumgardens.com
Toll-free
Phone250-491-1368

1.6 ha (4 ac) of stunning perennial gardens and a Japanese inspired garden carved out of a lovely old apple orchard. Surrounded by unobstructed mountain views and pastoral countryside. Fragrant herbs, roses, lush English borders, rocky, scree & xeriscape gardens, woodlands, peony, day-lily and iris beds. Meticulously maintained organically, and gorgeous in all seasons. Unique perennials for sale. Designated picnic area within gardens.

Elysium Gardens is also an outstanding venue for wedding ceremonies and photos. Our chapel-like gazebo is approached by strolling up 'Lavender Lane'. A Must See!

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Milner Gardens & Woodland - Qualicum Beach

2179 W Island Hwy
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
V9K 1G1
Websitehttp://www.viu.ca/milnergardens/
Toll-free
Phone250-752-6153

Escape back in time & experience a retreat once reserved for Royalty. Discover Milner Gardens, a one-of-a kind woodland estate & gardens nestled in the peace that only an old-growth forest can provide; an oasis that rejuvenates the soul. Stroll the winding pathways and magical surroundings of an ancient coastal Douglas fir forest. Find peace & tranquility as you meander through the woodland gardens lined with rhododendrons, cyclamen & trilliums. Indulge in afternoon tea in the historic house overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Please visit our website for listings of special events.

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Nitobe Memorial Garden - Vancouver

1895 Lower Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4
Websitehttp://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/nitobe
Toll-free
Phone604-822-6038

A traditional Japanese Tea & Stroll garden located at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Nitobe Memorial Garden is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America & among the top Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Included in the garden is a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House. There is harmony among natural forms - waterfalls, rivers, forests, islands & seas.

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Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm - Kelowna

4380 Takla Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 3C4
Websitehttp://www.okanaganlavender.com
Toll-free866-764-7795
Phone250-764-7795

A beautiful farm property with sweeping views of Okanagan Lake was the inspiration behind the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm, a family business that has developed a reputation as growers, producers & distillers of fine quality lavender products. The best blooming time for the lavender display gardens is early July, with distillation, a very fragrant time at the farm, occurring in early August. Wander our unique Herb Gardens which bloom throughout the growing season, or treat yourself to lavender-inspired goods at the Lavender Cafe. We invite you to come & entice your senses. Self-guided tour available in English, French, German & Spanish.

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The Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) - Victoria

505 Quayle Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9E 2J7
Websitehttp://www.hcp.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-479-6162

The Gardens at HCP has 4 ha (10 ac) of spectacular demonstration gardens with over 10,000 varieties of plants. Thirty-four different areas are designed and planted to demonstrate landscaping techniques suitable for the Pacific Northwest. The gardens also include the second largest Bonsai Garden in North America.

Walk or cycle the 37.2 ha (93 ac) Conservation Park, through wetlands, forest and fields. Second growth Douglas fir surrounds the wetlands, providing a feeding area for over 35 varieties of birds which you can view from several bird watching platforms.

These gardens are a perfect example of what can be achieved in the Pacific Northwest.

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UBC Botanical Garden - Vancouver

6804 SW Marine Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4
Websitehttp://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-822-4208

Explore Canada's oldest continuously operating university botanical garden & immerse yourself in the world of wild-collected plants. Garden highlights include an Asian garden with over 400 different species of rhododendrons, thousands of alpine & montane plants from around the world, a traditional physic garden full of herbs, a demonstration food garden & the Greenheart Canopy Walkway eco-adventure. Also, visit the Beaty Biodiversity Museum that is close by.

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University of Victoria Finnerty Gardens - Victoria

3800 Finnerty Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V8P 5C2
Websitehttp://www.external.uvic.ca/gardens/
Toll-free
Phone250-472-5474

One of Canada's best collections of rhododendrons, many of which were started from seed obtained from famous plant explorers, is on display in the University of Victoria's Finnerty Gardens. Over 4,000 different trees and shrubs, with more than 1,500 rhododendron and azalea plants, including over 200 collected rhododendron species and a spectacular range of companion plants. Three ponds provide habitat for birds and water-loving plants like the towering timber bamboo. Finnerty Gardens provides a rich and changing array of colour, scent, form and texture year round. In April and May, you will see the rhododendrons at their best.

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