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July 6, 2012

  • Celebrating 150 Years in 2012

    The City of Victoria is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012. The town site of Fort Victoria was incorporated as the City of Victoria on August 2, 1862 and in celebration several events have been planned over the course of the year. Fort Victoria takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 29, 2012. Visitors are invited to Centennial Square for an afternoon of fun fort building for all ages.

    Featuring music and historical stories, this event is a great way for visitors to learn more about Victoria's past. On August 2, there will be a public ceremony followed by a community celebration in Centennial Square featuring music, cake and many activities. Local gem Silk Road Aromatherapy and Tea Company has created a limited edition tea to celebrate Victoria's 150th birthday.

    The Victoria: Tribute Blend Tea is a black tea with beguiling honey, fruit and floral notes, inspired by the capital's heritage, beautiful gardens and natural spaces. The tea sells in a mini-tin (eight to ten cups) for $4.99 CDN or a 40 cup size for $15 CDN. For beer aficionados, Spinnakers Brewpub has released Hoptoria, a special 150th beer in honour of the city's birthday.

    Described as a remarkably smooth American Style IPA, this beer is definitely worth a taste! Several hotels are offering special 150th packages, including The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, which is offering guests who stay two nights a rate starting at $249 CDN per night, a $75 CND credit per day and a personal concierge during their stay. For more information visit,, and

  • Aurora couple offer garden tours

  • Richmond Hills Garden and Horticultural Society Edible Gardens Tour

    (I get a lot of notices from Ontario but I do think there are events happening all across Canada. If you know of any, please pass them along to me so I can include them on the site)


    Perhaps the world’s most famous rose – the Peace rose – has one of the most dramatic stories to tell. Developed by Meilland International on the eve of World War II, a clipping of the rose made its way from France to the Conard-Pyle Co. for safekeeping during the war. More here…

  • 4 Reasons Why Bananas Kind of Suck

  • This summer, visitors to B.C.'s capital city are invited to bring an empty stomach and immerse themselves in the wonderful world of local food and artisanal products. With several unique weekly markets, visitors can literally spend the day market-hopping from one to the other. Every Wednesday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m., until October 2012, the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society and its vendors will raise their tents to showcase local fare at the Victoria Downtown Farmers' Market. Featuring the best in locally produced meat, cheese, bread, honey, sprouts, mushrooms, salts and preserves from local farms, the market also showcases local chefs, who will be on hand to answer questions and provide demonstrations. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., until September 29, 2012, the Bastion Square Public Market offers visitors the chance to peruse its great selection of local artisanal products. Celebrating its 20th year in 2012, the Moss Street Market occurs every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring more than 90 vendors of farm-fresh and sustainable local products, handmade crafts, homemade food and live local music. Victoria's historic Chinatown is holding 150th themed night markets to honour the city's birthday. The markets take place on the third Wednesday of each month, from July to September 2012, with themes such as Festival of the Karaoke Stars, The Night of the Sevens and Autumn Moon Lantern Festival. Finally, and not-to-be missed, is the Sidney Night Market, every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This market has become an attraction in itself and with more than 200 vendors showcasing their local fare and great live entertainment. For more information visit,, and

  • Lobularia hybrid Snow Princess
    This variety was selected for heat tolerance and extended season performance.

  • LOVE the look of this new magazine

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row