Witch Hazel and a Wonderful Public Garden in Victoria BC

Witch Hazel blooming in the Government House Winter Garden BR -Jan2015

Witch Hazel blooming in the Government House Winter Garden BR -Jan2015

Last weekend the hunt was on for the elusive Witch Hazel! Beautiful January bloomers, you know you are getting close to one when you are get a whiff of a wonderful light sweet sent drifting in the cool winter air. I found a Witch Hazel in bloom in the Winter Garden section of the Government House Gardens in Victoria.

Witch Hazel leaves and bark have been used as a medicinal treatment  externally on sores, bruises, and swelling for centuries. You can checkout “15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel” for more details.

The RHS has a very complete guide on growing Witch Hazel.

To learn more about Government House Gardens, a free admission garden in Victoria maintained by over 200 volunteer gardeners check out this Government House Gardens Interactive Map.

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4 thoughts on “Witch Hazel and a Wonderful Public Garden in Victoria BC

  1. You just made my evening! I never knew about the gardens at Government House (it makes me wonder what else I am missing in Victoria too!). I just showed the link to my husband and he was all over going there next time we are in Victoria. We used to do gardens when we lived in the UK so this is quite exciting, and free is even better as we have 5 children. It looks amazing.

  2. Wonderful! Planning a visit to Victoria in the spring and was looking for an “off the beaten path” garden to visit, having seen Butchart several times. Last year spent time in the Abkhazi Garden which was mind-blowingly serene and inspiring.

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