Gwyn Herperger

Gwyn Herperger

Despite devastating fire, business as usual at Glendale Gardens

It’s business as usual for visitors to Glendale Gardens and Woodland, despite a blaze that caused an estimated $200,000 in property damage at the horticultural centre earlier this week.

The head gardener’s office, mud room, tool room and glass house were destroyed in the early morning hours of Feb. 16. The blaze, reported by neighbours at 2:25 a.m., took 10 Saanich firefighters about five hours to fully suppress.

It was the first incident of this kind at the Quayle Road gardens.

All upcoming events and classes will continue as scheduled, as the general offices, restaurant, classrooms, and most gardens were untouched. The fire damages will affect weddings booked for the glass house.

“Our ability to continue to function is still fully viable,” said Glendale Gardens executive director Roger Charles. “Police and fire were here very quickly, but obviously there were a lot of flammable materials and the fire went quite quickly.”

Fire investigators remain on the scene and have not yet determined a cause. No one was injured in the fire.

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