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“Hidden Gem”
Review of Abkhazi Garden

Abkhazi Garden
Ranked #20 of 181 things to do in Victoria
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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.
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
225 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed July 15, 2014

Easy to miss this hidden Gem. We walked from the castle and thought it was well worth the walk and donation to enjoy the grounds. Nice spot on top for a cup a tea with an amazing vista view.

Visited July 2014
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Auburn, California
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Lovely place”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

Such a surprise, read about it in sunset mag and saved it knowing I was going to visit Victoria.beautiful story about who lived there and built it, even bought the book she wrote. Turtles were out basking in the sun, and they have a sweet tea room overlooking the garden. Donation only very peaceful beautiful flowers, and no one else there!!

Visited July 2014
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Olympia, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Lovely garden with interesting plants and a tea room!”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

The tea house is plain but the setting is lovely. There is a nice outside seating area. The gardens are wonderful and a manageable size. Admission is free with a donation accepted. The tea service is very good.

Visited June 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Terrific little garden”
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.

Visited June 2014
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Level 5 Contributor
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“A hidden gem”
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.

Visited May 2014
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