Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific


A Garden for Gardeners since 1979

  • Nine acres of spectacular gardens showcase over 10,000 varieties of plants, the majority of which are labelled
  • Thirty-four different areas are designed and planted to demonstrate landscaping techniques suitable for the Pacific Northwest
  • Some gardens are cared for by local clubs including: Heather, Rhododendron, Lily and Hardy Plant
  • Year-round interest includes the renowned Doris Page Winter Garden and the Takata Japanese Garden
  • Private tours, group tours and guided school tours will happily be arranged
  • Horticulture Library with over 2,500 landscaping and garden-related books and magazines
  • A volunteer program needing gardeners, carpenters, office and events help
  • Most recently known as “Glendale” Gardens”, now referred to as The Gardens at HCP


The College is committed to providing excellence in horticulture training in partnership with the Glendale Gardens & Woodland community. The College will enable its students to develop skills to maximize employment opportunities and to encourage sustainable, environmentally responsible stewardship of gardens and green space.

Offering you:

  • The most spectacular 103-acres of demonstration gardens and conservation area, ideal for practical skills development
  • Wide-ranging community and industry support and mentorship
  • Highly qualified instructors

Pacific Horticulture College (PHC) will provide you with the best possible horticulture educational experience available. Unlike other educational institutes which offer courses in horticulture as only a part of their curriculum, PHC offers only horticulture education. Here you will not be a small group within a large institution, but instead you. Our board of directors keep one focus in mind: Creating an education venue which will allow us to be recognized as the pre-eminent horticulture college in Canada. We achieve this through the correct combination of skilled educators, significant support for our students, and a location which is second to none in Canada.

Since our instruction is done at HCP’s Gardens, our students have access to 30 demonstration gardens on 4.1 hectares (10 acres) with 10,000 plants varieties and 42 hectares (93 acres) of conservation park. Our horticulture library has over 3,000 publications, the most comprehensive on Vancouver Island. Our instructors are second to none and bring a variety of knowledge, instructional and practical skills. Even our calendar year (January to November) has been chosen to ensure that you are able to work with plants at every stage of their life-cycle. In this way plant propagation, pest management, and maintenance can be really taught, witnessed and understood.

Established in 1986, PHC is accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) of the British Columbia government. The College is recognized by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) of the British Columbia government as a designated training institute for the horticulture technician foundation program. The standards for the program are established in consultation with Hort Ed BC. Upon completion of the certificate program, you have the opportunity to pursue further studies at other post-secondary institutions across Canada.

For those pursuing the apprenticeship program, the Pacific Horticulture College has among its faculty 3 people who are well qualified to act as sponsors. The Head Gardener is applying for sign-off authority, one of the Practical Skills instructors has her Red Seal, and the Installation and Hardscape instructor already has sign off authority. Please contact the college office (college@hcp.ca) for more information about sponsorship.

Services Offered

We have a fully accredited Horticulture College on site

We are a Garden that can be toured by the public 7 days a week and we offer incredible facilities for events, meetings and weddings

Interesting Fact

Nominated as one of the top 10 Gardens in Canada - by Ottawa Magazine


HCP is located at 505 Quayle Rd. We are off Interurban or West Saanich - just past Camosun and the Tech park.

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