If you’ve ever wanted to have tea while tucked away in your own private sanctuary, Victoria’s Abkhazi Garden is the perfect place to visit.
The world-famous garden is known for its vibrant flora and heritage home, where Prince and Princess Abkahzi used to reside, according to The Teahouse at Abkahzi Garden.
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The last surviving son of an ancient line of kings of Abkhazia on the Black Sea, Prince Nicholas met his future wife, Peggy Pemberton-Carter, in Paris in 1922. It wasn’t until after WWII, however, that the pair reunited and moved to Victoria to start their life together.
According to The Teahouse, they developed their one-acre property and home throughout their forty years together. In 2000, it was purchased by The Land Conservatory to preserve its garden and legacy.
Today, the garden remains hidden from the street, with hints of the garden only visible behind a hornbeam hedge. Inside, visitors can see beautiful native Garry oaks and sweeping vistas, complete with rocky slopes lined with Japanese maples, heather, irises, and daylilies.
The teahouse is open from Wednesday to Sunday from October 1st to March 31st, between 11 am and 4 pm.
Note that the last tea sitting of the day is at 3 p.m., and the last call for garden entry is at 4 p.m.
So there you have it, BC. If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway or afternoon tea experience, you know where to look.
Where: 1964 Fairfield Road, Victoria