Government House blooms for this weekend’s events

Victoria mansion to host variety of horticultural events

The grounds of Government House will be a flurry of floral activity this Friday and Saturday (June 22 and 23) during B.C. Blooms: A Celebration of Gardening in British Columbia.

The event is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Friends of Government House, as well as the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Lt.-Gov. Steven Point will open the event at 1 p.m. on Friday and will present awards for floral designs and horticultural displays. Saturday’s activities get underway at 10 a.m.

Planned events include exhibits, land art, garden tours, guest speakers, live music, croquet, Morris and Scottish country dancing demonstrations and a Diamond Jubilee foot parade.

Anyone whose wedding photos were taken on the Government House grounds is welcome to submit a photo for a wedding photo competition. Photos will be accepted from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, after which the public will vote for their favourite. Winners will be announced on Saturday at 3 p.m. For more information visit

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