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“Terrific little garden”
Review of Abkhazi Garden

Abkhazi Garden
Ranked #17 of 199 things to do in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Created by the Russian Prince and Princess Abkhazi, this lovely garden spans just over an acre and features native Garry oaks, Japanese Maples and splendid rhododendrons.
Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Abkhazi is a beautiful garden hidden away in a suburban neighborhood. We just missed the rhododendrons, but the garden itself was fantastic. Not as big/showy or commericalized as Butchart, of course, but definitely worth going to. The Abkhazi's did a wonderful job of creating a beautiful retreat in the middle of the city. See Butchart, of course, but definitely don't miss this.

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Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Abkhazi Garden is a lovely, formerly private, garden located at the border of Oak Bay and Victoria. A beautiful retreat from the busy streets and touristy stops in the Spring and Summer in Victoria. Spend a couple of hours here and enjoy the spectacular gardens and the lovely views. There is a delightful cafe that serves "tea" and light lunches. We got caught in a rain shower and fled to the tea house for shelter and were very pleasantly surprised by the food and the little gift shop. Make sure to stop and read about the history of the gardens which is fascinating. Currently there is concern that the organization that manages the garden is having significant financial difficulties so donations by visitors are important to maintain this treasure.

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Reviewed June 16, 2014

I wanted to take my teen granddaughter to an English high tea on our quick trip to Victoria. I also wanted her to see an English-like garden. Being from the Deep South in the US, this was something she had never experienced. I could not afford the more famous sites in Victoria for tea and some of the smaller establishments did not have good reviews. This place not only had a majority of good reviews, it was more reasonably priced and the gardens were right there so it would take care of two 'bucket-list' activities at the same time. We read the background love story that is part of its history and my teenage granddaughter was adamant that this was the place to go . . . she is all about love stories at this age. We arrived and found only one other table of guests and was worried at first but as the afternoon wore on, more people arrived and most chose to eat on the patio. Perhaps the house and tea room was not as fancy as you might expect but I think we felt more comfortable in the smaller and simpler surroundings. The different china patterns were delightful to check out and compare. The food was delicious and served in a very attractive manner. We had made a pact to try everything even though some things would be completely new to both of us. We are so glad we did because we found we liked everything; even the hot tea which is unusual for two people that had only had sweet tea with ice before. I suggest if you are like us to try the tea named for the founder. It was light and had a floral or vanilla test to it that helped make the bridge from sweet tea to hot tea. The whole experience was something that we both agreed was well worth it. The gardens were small but still beautiful and just enough for a teen to take in that isn't into gardening. Also, I have a bad knee and it was just enough walking for me. The place was tranquil and felt miles away from the neighborhood it was in. We took a taxi to get there and the price was not too much. We probably could have used the transit system but I chose not to.

1  Thank Anita B
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

Most people have heard of the much hyped Butchart Gardens in Victoria. However, to discover this quiet and tranquil oasis in the middle of a lovely residential neighborhood was a real find!
Our own personal Arborist filled us in on the love story of Penny and her Prince, as well as the facts on the many trees, shrubs and flowers.
I've never taken so many pictures in gardens, and you would think you were in different parts of the world! Add to that the fully stocked pond with it's flora and fauna and it is amazing!
We topped our quiet excursion with lovely tea and scones at the lovers residence.
I don't want to relate their story, as it is one you need to experience for yourself. The serene spectacle is exquisite and awe inspiring. Relax, take your time and enjoy.
Juli

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Reviewed June 12, 2014

We really enjoyed visiting the gardens, and chose them over the more expensive and hyped Butchart Gardens. We weren't disappointed. The gardens overall are smaller than Butchart, but full of history and charm. A great place to spend a few hours soaking up Victoria's garden scene in the sunshine.

1  Thank Robin F
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