The Victoria Conservatory of Music hosts its 33rd annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour this weekend, with nine sites open to viewing, with a background of music.
These pockets of greenery and flowering plants, accented with natural and manmade elements, are spread throughout Greater Victoria, from the national treasure of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site in Colwood, to classic Oak Bay and Saanich gardens with contemporary updates.
Adding to the ambiance, students and faculty members from the conservatory will perform at many of the stops on the tour, while other sites will have recorded music playing. As well, master horticulturists will be on hand to answer general and specific questions about gardening.
A perennial favourite, the annual plant sale, will happen at the Midland Road location on the tour in Oak Bay.
Tour attendees are also invited to stop by the grand finale to the weekend, the “Joy of Life” concert led by Daniel Lapp at the conservatory’s Alix Goolden Performance Hall, starting at 3 p.m. Sunday. Garden tour tickets allow the holders $10 off the concert ticket price.
The tour runs Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Tickets are $30 (children 12 and under are free) and may be purchased online and at many locations throughout Greater Victoria. Find more information at vcm.bc.ca/tickets-garden-tour. All proceeds support the Victoria Conservatory of Music.