The Gardens at HCP

The Gardens at HCP

The Gardens at HCP A: 505 Quayle Road, Victoria, BC, V9E 2J7, Canada
P: 250-479-6162

How did your company get started? How did you get into your field of expertise?
The Gardens at HCP is such a unique venue. It started in 1979 – we are a public gardens, a conservation area and a horticultural college. My background is in museums events, fundraisers and facility rentals in Vancouver.

What are you most passionate about professionally?
What most excites you about your business & the contribution you can make?
Seeing the final product is an amazing perk of this profession – we are so lucky! I love having clients, vendors, my staff and myself come together to work hard to get things going and then I try to always take a moment to take it all in – see people connecting and making priceless memories.

What makes your business unique?
The Gardens at HCP is a teaching garden – it’s designed for volunteers to care for and for students to learn from. We try and create opportunities for the greater community to learn and the caretakers to pass on their passion for gardening, plants, growing and all things horticultural. 

What inspiring quote best describes your business or your passion for brides, weddings, love, etc.?
“With each gift that you share may you heal and repair. With each choice that you make may you help someone’s day. Well I know you are strong, may your journey be long and now I wish you the best of luck”

What would your dream wedding include? Even if you have already had yours, what would you have changed?
“I am so happy with my wedding. My immediate and extended family had recently been through a few years of loss and hardship and my goal was to create a gift of coming together to celebrate and make memories in a positive light. It was amazing. I do often tell my couples that the time with the photographer might be the only time you really get to talk to your new spouse – perhaps looking back I would have created a bit more of that.

Describe a situation or experience in your work that you are most proud of, that you found to be rewarding, inspiring or even funny…
Working at the Gardens or in Museums I am able to expose my clients to new ideas. Once a client asked offhand about an artifact and we chatted a bit about it. Later on that day she approached me to say that I had changed the way she thought about the world. I will never forget that.

Finish this sentence…”Your wedding is the first step. But to make a marriage last…”
…allow yourselves to evolve. The reason I married my husband 6 years ago is not the same reasons I would marry him all over again today.