On Aug. 10 and 11, the Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) in Saanich is celebrating 25 years of the Arts and Music in the Gardens event.
The event happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days, and guests are invited to take in the art among the plants on the nine-acre property. This year, attendees can enjoy live music on three different stages, 10 installations by the Victoria Floral Artists Guild and 57 booths where local artisans will be showing their work, says Cheri Le Brun, volunteer co-ordinator at the HCP.
“The booths will be spread out through the garden,” she says.
The art on display will include jewelry, ceramics, fiber art and more traditional, two-dimensional work, Le Brun explains, and most of it will be for sale.
There will also be “a nice range of musicians” at the event, she says. Fifteen different bands are scheduled to play everything from folk to rock and roll. The Victoria Master Gardeners will also be in attendance and will be available to answer questions related to gardening at the plant sale.
Parking has been an issue in the past, says Le Brun, so more will be available this year. There will be field and street parking on nearby Beaver Road for free.
Admission is free for HCP members and $10 for all other attendees. Food trucks will be on site for the event and kids activities have been scheduled. “It’s a great day for family,” says Le Brun.
The HCP has only eight staff members, but more than 200 volunteers help throughout the year, the oldest of which is in their 90s, Le Brun says.