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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  • ZenDark30
    Portland, Oregon4,265 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • RoBe
    46 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
    70 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Holly B
    Ottawa, Canada335 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
    Traveled solo
    Written October 5, 2023
  • David F
    63 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
    Traveled with family
    Written January 7, 2024
  • juniper y
    Toronto, Canada33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A colourful gem.
    Very beautiful layout of the land. An enjoyable setting with a feast for the eyes. Although we didn’t sit down for tea, it would be wonderful . The friendly volunteers told us the historic background of the place , that adds a lot to the experience. Truly amazing to see such well cultivated garden , tend by volunteers with fondness of the plants and place.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 6, 2024
  • GREG S
    Seattle, Washington6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    Well worth visiting. Very pretty, well-done garden. Also worth having the Afternoon Tea. (Recommend the royal Abkhazi tea.) Easy to access by public bus in theory, though once I was on the bus it skipped the stop I needed--apparently that particular does not have the stop in its route, so ask before boarding.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written July 10, 2024
  • Kalia Z
    72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful visit
    If you were thinking, this is going to be another Butchart Gardens it’s not. It is a very well preserved park in a residential area. There is a tea house for an inner city garden. It is beautiful not a lot to do around there besides this. Best time to visit spring.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 13, 2024
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Aug 2020 • Family
After reading reviews I was excited to come here for a post wedding brunch. I emailed to book a reservation for 12 adults 3 months ahead of time and was told that I would have to: give a visa to make a reservation, preorder all food (was told not aloud to add anything when we’re there), each guest has to order the same thing, 18% minimum tip, not allowed to stay past 1.5hours (which I don’t mind, but just kind of rude to say). I asked how I could order that far in advance when their lunch menus are seasonal and not the same now as they will be then, and her response was that they are not able to cater to a group of 12 ordering lunch and we would all have to order high teas, because their kitchen is small… I asked if we could preorder 9 afternoon teas, and that way if a few people want something off the lunch menu they can decide day of, and I was told no. This was just poor business by the manager, we were going with a budget of $1000, we’ll be taking our business elsewhere. Oh! And their website says they can cater up to 45 people for sit down dining, apparently not.

It has me wondering if a group of 12 people walk in for a lunch do they just turn them away? The restaurant has 30+ seating so it’s odd that they have that much seating but can’t handle a group of 12 ordering at the same time. Oh well their loss 🤷🏽‍♀️
Written June 24, 2021
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David F
63 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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Judy H
Portland, OR162 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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ZenDark30
Portland, OR4,265 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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Holly B
Ottawa, Canada335 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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Island Girl
Hornby Island, Canada46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
If you're looking for a superb high tea experience overlooking a stunning natural garden this is the place. Not cheap at $55 per person but so far above all others that for a special occasion it's a treat. two kinds of scones blueberry and cheddar chive maple butter checkerboard sandwiches mushroom pate bison jerky maple butter tarts in Nanaimo bars and on and on...oh yeah😋
Written July 18, 2021
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GREG S
Seattle, WA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
Well worth visiting. Very pretty, well-done garden. Also worth having the Afternoon Tea. (Recommend the royal Abkhazi tea.) Easy to access by public bus in theory, though once I was on the bus it skipped the stop I needed--apparently that particular does not have the stop in its route, so ask before boarding.
Written July 10, 2024
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Carrie B
Larkspur, CA261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Lovely quiet gardens off the beaten track. We did not have time to stay for tea but the teahouse and outdoor seating area looked fabulous for a less crowded tea than The Empress Hotel. We saw a group of ladies on the patio having a beautiful time together looking out on the gardens. While we toured the small, well maintained grounds a young couple was planning the best spot for wedding photos. I can imagine anywhere in the garden would be ideal. The teahouse blends well with the natural surroundings as designed by the architect.
Written July 7, 2022
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RoBe
46 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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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,930 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Lots and lots of spring flowers, with the promise of many more to come within a week or two. The layout is very attractive, and the paths are easy to use. We didn’t seat for tea but may return for a light lunch here. The garden is delightful, and a second visit would be agreeable.
Written March 1, 2020
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