Part of what I love about the networking group I'm part of, Victoria Women of Weddings, is that every event is different - held in a different venue, sponsored by different vendors, with a focus on different topics related to the wedding industry in Victoria.
The March WoW event was held at the gorgeous Abkhazi Gardens in Fairfield, and it's just such a beautiful spot. The food was made in house and was absolutely outstanding. Proprietors Page and Barb do an amazing job of making guests feel welcome and sharing some of the fascinating history of the garden.
The Land Conservancy describes the garden as follows:
"The Abkhazi Garden is an exquisite heritage home and garden located in Victoria, British Columbia, a city known for its wonderful gardens. Prince and Princess Abkhazi began creating their garden in 1946. This was the year they married and settled in Victoria, after living separate lives touched by both privilege and tragedy. They immediately began to develop their one-acre property, and continued to maintain and improve the garden throughout their lives together.
"The garden is very discreet from the street, with only hints of what exists beyond the hornbeam hedge. What the visitor does find is a garden that embraces a natural landscape that is unique to Victoria. The garden is blessed with dramatic glaciated rocky slopes, magnificent native Garry oaks and gorgeous vistas. The garden is designed to make the most of these remarkable features and it is the Abkhazis’ response to their landscape that qualifies it as a stunning example of West Coast design. The garden flows around the rock, taking advantage of deeper pockets of soil for conifers, Japanese maples and rhododendrons which over the last 50 years have grown to an impressive maturity. Carpets of naturalized bulbs, choice alpines and woodland companions provide interest throughout the year to the discerning plantsman, but it is the overall design that leaves the greatest impression.
"The Abkhazis worked together on their creation for over 40 years, referring to it as “their child”. After their deaths the Garden changed hands, and in February 2000, The Land Conservancy purchased the property to save it from becoming a townhouse development."
You can visit the garden by donation at the following times:
- Oct. through Mar: Wed–Sun, 11am–5pm
- April through Sept.: 7 days a week, 11am–5pm
Special events are held throughout the year and include an annual Mad Hatter’s Tea, or a Prince and Princess Tea for young guests and parents, celebrated on the anniversary of the Prince and Princess Abhkazi, a "Paint-in” during which guests can watch a painter paint the Garden, complement other traditional events that the Garden has been the setting for. The Garden and Tea House are also the perfect place for weddings, Mother’s Day celebrations, Bridal showers, baby showers, graduations, anniversaries and retirement functions, and celebrations of life.
The Abkhazi Garden is located at 1964 Fairfield Rd., Victoria, B.C., V8S 1H4. You can get in touch with them by phone at (778) 265-6466 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is www.abkhaziteahouse.com