From Martin Kovar
As a graduate of two Master of Landscape Architecture programs and a practicing residential garden designer in Canada, I was truly pleased with the high standard or guided tours offered by Joan Looy of Victorian Garden Tours. Having participated in several escorted visits to gardens in Europe, Joan surprised me with a customized itinerary of sites tailored to satisfy my individual interests, based on a telephone discussion Joan initiated in advance of our tour.
Paying careful attention to each garden location and exposure, Joan lined up our visits so as to show each site in the optimal light and time of day. Her intimate knowledge of Victoria gardens and access privileges to a vast array of sites, allowed me, an out of province visitor, to start my day experiencing the quiet wonder of treading on a grassy path shimmering with silver dew, hemmed by cushy mounds of textural perennials. Similarly, the study of shadow play and rich colours of pealing bark displayed by an aged rhododendron grouping, were offered in the afternoon.
Like a chef, Joan took me through the day serving the exact right dishes at the most appropriate times, with heavy emphasis on desert items. Delight yourself, and sample some of the sites Victorian Garden Tours gained access to over many years in business. Let Joan know about your taste preferences, and she will do her best to satisfy your appetite for the art of gardening.
From Helen Chappell - Tennessee
Your tour of the 3 private gardens was the highlight of our visit to Victoria! The gardens were fabulous, and your commentary on the design, color combinations and verticality were enlightening. A feast for the eyes and ears. We really appreciated as well your knowledgeable historical narrative on the points of interest in Victoria. The rest of our stay was richer because of it.
Thank you so much.
From Alice Joyce - Gardenwalks in the Pacific Northwest – pg 227, Globe Pequot Publisher
Enthusiastic and eminently knowledgeable, Joan Looy, offers customized, interpretive tours of private gardens and public landscapes in Victoria, British Columbia, and its environs. On a tour with Joan or an associate, you'll gain access to gardenscapes that reflect Pacific Northwest style, viewing deeply layered designs created by homeowners who are avid plant collectors and true colourists.."
Alice Joyce added the above unsolicited review of Victorian Garden Tours to her book after a tour with us. Thank you Alice!
From Robert Amos - Victoria Art Critic
Your professionalism, your deep knowledge and fun attitude were everything my group could have hoped for.
Dale - San Pedro California
Thank you for a wonderful day. This will be the high point of
Peter and Sally - Palo Alto California
Thanks for a wonderful morning of flower gardens and herbs,
even more interesting gardeners!
Sherry - Medford Oregon
The combination of fragrance, color, design and personality
made this tour perfect for our last day in Victoria!
Hiroko and Msae - Osaka Japan
A very wonderful gardening tour! Thank you very much. I want
to come back to Victoria in the near future!!
Alice - Wellington New Zealand
Wonderful fall colours and I appreciated the informed commentary.
Very inspirational. Thanks for all the tips on what to see and
Elizabeth - Seidell Louisiana
Lovely gardens - Joan does a wonderful job! Thanks so much!
Claire - Haliburton Ontario
Two great days in beautiful and interesting gardens. Thank you
for showing us a small part of your area and sharing your knowledge
Elaine - Windsor Ontario
A beautiful island - lovely gardens and interesting people.
||The majority of the time is
spent in the gardens and the routes that are chosen for
going from garden to garden are designed to give a scenic
and historic overview of our area. (Meals can be arranged,
if so desired)
For more information on our garden tours
in and around the city of Victoria please email us at
or fax us at (250) 383-2846. We look forward to hearing