Abkhazi Garden
Abkhazi Garden
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Created by the Georgian Prince and Princess Abkhazi, this lovely garden spans just over an acre and features native Garry oaks, Japanese Maples and splendid rhododendrons.
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  • Judy H
    Portland, Oregon144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Skip Butchart; go to Abkhazi
    Loved the afternoon tea; loved the gardens! This place is hidden in a neighborhood, and is so lovely! We had afternoon tea outside, and then toured the garden afterwards. No need for us to visit Butchart gardens... this was ideal for us, and much less expensive! The story of the Prince/Princess Abkhazi is also stunning, and how the neighbors take care of the gardens.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • ZenDark30
    Portland, Oregon2,481 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature at it’s best
    With a focus on nature, an exiled prince and WWII POW created an artistic masterpiece. Unlike butchart gardens arranged plants these plants are scattered with a natural look. Beautiful and well worth your time
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • RoBe
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Princess's Own
    Peggy Abkhazi began the gardens in 1947. She came to Victoria after years interred at a Japanese camp in Shanghai. She and her husband Nicolas spent years creating a beautiful space where landscape and plants exist harmoniously on a hillside parcel near Cook Village. A place of quiet beauty, this gem is an oasis in an urban landscape and is well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Cmpcga
    68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would recommend garden tour
    We toured the garden and even my husband who was iffy about the whole thing thoroughly enjoyed it. We spent over an hour wandering while waiting for our tea reservation. That was an adequate amount of time. Then we had the afternoon tea. The sandwiches and goodies were very good. I chose this place for the tea experience because it was significantly cheaper than the Empress. And I guess one does it for the experience because I can’t quite figure out why it’s so expensive for the amount of food you get.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Holly B
    Ottawa, Canada319 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem of a garden
    A zen garden in Oak Bay. Showcasing the expansive and diverse gardens with quaint walking trails the loop through the property. Very hard to believe it exists & so peaceful within the city - In October, more green than flowering but a great hidden gem and charity to supporr as well.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 5, 2023
  • David F
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Little gem of horticulture and history in a residential neighborhood, quite unexpectedly nice
    The walk (self guided) through the gardens is wonderful and full of beautiful plants of different sizes and shapes, all compressed into one acre in a residential area. The history is better laid out in the web site, but both the husband and wife were interned during WWII in quite different places and different circumstances. They had known each other before the war. They met again after thinking the other had died, and married and spent their time building their garden and their house. The house is quite revolutionary for the interior design at the time (see the dining room pictures) and being in the house is a mixture of pure domestic matters (period tiling in the bathroom), modern for the time design elements (indirect lighting in the dining room) and china from that era when they lived there. Our timing was at the end of the afternoon and we missed the opportunity to have tea and a snack there, but it's clear it would have been a lot of fun. Our snack was at the nearby DemiTasse, but that's another review.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written January 7, 2024
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David F
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The walk (self guided) through the gardens is wonderful and full of beautiful plants of different sizes and shapes, all compressed into one acre in a residential area. The history is better laid out in the web site, but both the husband and wife were interned during WWII in quite different places and different circumstances. They had known each other before the war. They met again after thinking the other had died, and married and spent their time building their garden and their house. The house is quite revolutionary for the interior design at the time (see the dining room pictures) and being in the house is a mixture of pure domestic matters (period tiling in the bathroom), modern for the time design elements (indirect lighting in the dining room) and china from that era when they lived there. Our timing was at the end of the afternoon and we missed the opportunity to have tea and a snack there, but it's clear it would have been a lot of fun. Our snack was at the nearby DemiTasse, but that's another review.
Written January 7, 2024
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Holly B
Ottawa, Canada319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A zen garden in Oak Bay.

Showcasing the expansive and diverse gardens with quaint walking trails the loop through the property. Very hard to believe it exists & so peaceful within the city -

In October, more green than flowering but a great hidden gem and charity to supporr as well.
Written October 5, 2023
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Cmpcga
Barriere68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We toured the garden and even my husband who was iffy about the whole thing thoroughly enjoyed it. We spent over an hour wandering while waiting for our tea reservation. That was an adequate amount of time. Then we had the afternoon tea. The sandwiches and goodies were very good. I chose this place for the tea experience because it was significantly cheaper than the Empress. And I guess one does it for the experience because I can’t quite figure out why it’s so expensive for the amount of food you get.
Written September 23, 2023
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RoBe
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Peggy Abkhazi began the gardens in 1947. She came to Victoria after years interred at a Japanese camp in Shanghai. She and her husband Nicolas spent years creating a beautiful space where landscape and plants exist harmoniously on a hillside parcel near Cook Village. A place of quiet beauty, this gem is an oasis in an urban landscape and is well worth a visit.
Written July 24, 2023
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ZenDark30
Portland, OR2,481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
With a focus on nature, an exiled prince and WWII POW created an artistic masterpiece. Unlike butchart gardens arranged plants these plants are scattered with a natural look. Beautiful and well worth your time
Written July 19, 2023
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Judy H
Portland, OR144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Loved the afternoon tea; loved the gardens! This place is hidden in a neighborhood, and is so lovely! We had afternoon tea outside, and then toured the garden afterwards. No need for us to visit Butchart gardens... this was ideal for us, and much less expensive! The story of the Prince/Princess Abkhazi is also stunning, and how the neighbors take care of the gardens.
Written July 7, 2023
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Jancamper
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We had been here once years ago and got a beautiful gift card to go. The Royal High Tea was very elegant, tasty and, surprisingly filling. Loved the use of the old fashioned cups and plates. Service was very nice and they anticipated our needs.

The decor was lovely and local artwork is on display and for sale. Oh yes, did I mention they have a well-stocked and eclectic gift shop? I even bought myself a birthday gift 😉

All-in-all absolutely a must-see/do in Victoria. Even if you’re already a Victorian. We didn’t have time to see the gardens so will come again.
Written July 5, 2023
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Usia2014
Calgary, Canada1,885 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
From the moment we walked into the gardens, we felt that it was well cared for and loved by the people who maintain it. The plants were all very healthy and there was a good variety of shrubs, trees and flowers beautifully positioned throughout the grounds. Worth a visit to get a bit of serenity and zen into your day.
Written May 10, 2023
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada3,010 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A five-acre garden with lots of beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers, organized by Prince and Princess Abhkazi after the second world war and fortunately saved from developers in 2000. Now run by volunteers under the auspices of the Land Conservancy of British Columbia. Well worth a visit, especially before or after a visit to the Tea House.
Written March 30, 2023
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LJT
Winnipeg, Canada113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
A small but beautiful garden with a handful of short paths and loops as well as peaceful places to sit and enjoy. Admission by donation makes this a really great affordable stop while in Victoria (bring cash if you wish to leave a donation).
Written October 17, 2022
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