DID YOU KNOW: Two Of Canada’s Best Rhododendron Displays

Two of Canada’s best collections of rhododendrons is on display right now!

#1 FINNERTY GARDENS

First is in the University of Victoria’s Finnerty Gardens. The spectacular 6.5 acre site contains more than 500 variations of rhododendrons, with some plants reaching over six metres in height. Finnerty Gardens is a real gem! There are numerous native trees, shrubs, plants and lovely streams and ponds along the winding trails throughout the gardens.

When to visit: Now (for the best views of all the rhododendrons and azeleas).

Parking: University of Victoria, Lot 6, by SW side of ring-road (see map below). Parking cost is $1.50/hour (free on Sundays).


#2 PLAYFAIR PARK

Second is the secluded and little known Playfair Park. Its best feature is when the rhododendrons and azaleas bloom in the spring. If entering from Rock Street, don’t be fooled by the children’s playground area. Walk to other parts of the park and see purple camas lilies around the mature Gary Oak trees. Wander the meandering paths in another part of the park and view rhododendrons and azaleas in a wall of colour.

When to visit: Now (for the best views of all the rhododendrons and azeleas).

Address: Main parking lot is at 1198 Rock Street. Can also be accessed at the end of Cumberland Road, and at the end of Judge Place (off Blenkinshop Rd).