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Victoria’s Abkhazi Garden hosting art, Grandparents Day and more in September

Enjoy the heritage garden as late summer flowers bloom and autumn colour begins to come out
Abkhazi Garden features rocky slopes and vistas, native Garry oaks, Japanese maples, rhododendrons, carpets of heather, irises, daylilies and more. (The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden/Facebook)

The Abkhazi Garden, which includes a teahouse and a garden that has matured over 70 years, has several events worth checking out this fall.

Abkhazi Garden Art Show Fundraiser

Sept. 4 – Oct. 9

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

View paintings and sketches inspired by the Abkhazi Garden, created by local artists who have been part of the plein air Artists in the Garden Program.

Artists will be in the garden with their artwork on display on Labour Day, Monday, Sept. 4 (weather permitting). The event is open to the public.

The artwork will then be on display in the tearoom and gift shop from Sept. 6 - Oct. 8, and on Thanksgiving, Oct. 9 it will be on display in the tearoom.

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Abkhazi Garden Open House

Grandparents Day, Sunday, Sept. 10

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last entrance at 4 p.m.)

Visit the heritage garden with your grandchildren (free admission) and learn about the legacy of Prince and Princess Abkhazi, who started the garden in 1946.

Prizes to be won include an afternoon tea for two at the teahouse, Garden Abkhazi children’s activity books and more. There will also be plants on sale.

International Day of Peace

Thursday, Sept. 21

An invitation-only private Georgian lunch will be held in the teahouse with a ceremony where school children will lay peace rocks in the Georgian Garden. There will also be a relaunch of the documentary ‘Abkhazi Garden – Sanctuary from War’ that tells the romantic story of Prince and Princess Abkhazi and the garden that love built.

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Sam Duerksen

About the Author: Sam Duerksen

Since moving to Victoria from Winnipeg in 2020, I’ve worked in communications for non-profits and arts organizations.
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