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rhodo in bloom

photo by Beth Doman

Finnerty Gardens welcomes community

Finnerty Gardens is a favourite destination for our neighbours, for residents of the Capital Region, for visitors from far afield as well as for our campus community. We encourage you to explore the gardens year round - there is always something interesting to experience. Our horticultural collections are endlessly fascinating as the seasons change and offer inspiration whether you are a gardener, a botainist or are seeking a lovely place to walk, visit, and contemplate nature. And bird watchers will have much to observe. A walking tour of the gardens can be downloaded.

Groups are also welcome in the gardens, though we ask that you let us know if you are planning a gathering so that we can share tour materials with you and advise you if there are any conflicting public or maintenance activities underway. As well, we ask that you stay on the pathways and lawn areas, refrain from picking flowers or foliage, and ensure that nothing is left behind when you depart. Information on group uses and tour booking is available from Rhonda Rose Please note that commercial tour organizers will be assessed a fee of $100 + taxes for guided group tours offered by horticultural specialists.

As the Gardens are open to the public they cannot be booked for special events - should you be taking family pictures or sharing special moments in the Gardens, we ask that you respect other visitors' access and enjoyment.

The University's Interfaith Chapel is located beside the main entrance to Finnerty Gardens. For more information on Multifaith Services, please visit their website.

Finnerty Gardens Plant Sale on hold for 2015

The UVic Plant Sale, normally held in early may each year, will not take place in 2015 to allow our plant sale organizers and volunteers to fully participate in the American Rhododendron Society (ARS) Convention in Sidney from May 6-10. The ARS convention, North American's premier rhododendron event, provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about, discuss, and purchase rhododendrons and other plants, as well as to rub shoulders with experts and enthusiasts from across the continent who share a passion for rhododendrons and gardens in general.

We encourage all avid gardeners to consider attending the attending the ARS convention as it offers a rare opportunity to take such a focussed look at these special plants. Distinguished speakers are scheduled in both daytime and evening periods, the plant sale is available to registrants throughout the convention and open to the public on the final day, and you can join in many garden tours, including Finnerty Gardens, that are being offered. Information and registration materials are available for the ARS conference.

Lecture series celebrates Finnerty's 40th Anniversary

Continuing Studies is planning an engaging series of lectures in Fall 2015 to mark the 40th anniversary of this remarkable garden. Watch this page for further details on content and registration!

Media contacts:

Mike McNeney (Alumni Communications) at 250-721-7642 or


Membership in the Friends of Finnerty Gardens is $10 per year (single or couple).

Funds raised through membership support enhancements within the gardens which would not be possible otherwise.

Membership information

Administrator, UVic Finnerty Garden Friends

Contact information


A volunteer opportunity for gardening enthusiasts!

From time to time, volunteers play important roles in Garden events. If you would like to offer your support, please email  so that she can get back to you as activities are planned.

Finnerty Garden Friends

The development of, and support for, the Finnerty Gardens is provided through the University of Victoria Finnerty Garden Friends, a special group of UVic alumni and community members.

The Finnerty Gardens Advisory Committee is is an expert resource group that assists the university by providing advice with respect to the enhancement and well-being of the Finnerty Gardens. The operational management of the Finnerty Gardens is under the direction of the curator who works closely with the Finnerty Gardens Advisory Committee. 


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