One of Canada's best collections of rhododendrons is on display at Finnerty Gardens on the University of Victoria grounds.
The garden contains over 4,000 different trees and shrubs with more than 1,500 rhododendron and azalea plants, including 200 collected rhododendron species, and a spectacular range of companion plants artistically displayed on a 2.6 hectare (6.5 acre) site at the southwest corner of UVic’s campus.
Complementing the plant life are three tranquil ponds, an inviting network of winding paths and dozens of benches, each with its own distinctive view of the gardens' ever-changing splendour.
The gardens have been carefully planned and developed to provide a rich and changing array of colour, scent, form and texture all year round. In April and May, you will see the rhododendrons at their best. For a plant identification guide and map of the gardens, download our self-guided walking tour.
The gardens are open to the public every day during daylight hours. Allow at least one hour to tour the gardens. There is NO admission charge.
Finnerty Gardens 40th Anniversary
Celebrate 40 years of Finnerty Gardens with guest speakers and workshops put on by UVic’s Division of Continuing Studies.
Finnerty Gardens has been a treasured part of the UVic campus since 1975. At forty, this mature garden features a wealth of remarkable species and companion plants that together form an inspiring destination for gardeners and visitors alike. Join UVic Continuing Studies in celebrating forty years of Finnerty Gardens with a series of guest speakers and workshops happening this fall.
Learn more or register online.