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See the finest examples of entertaining gardens designed by the best designers in Southern California. Buy unique plants, shop at the Marketplace and learn from well-known experts and authors. The ongoing entertainment, food and children's nature crafts will create a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy.

Garden Show Hours are 9AM to 4:30PM. Early admission for Arboretum Members is 8AM. Regular admission fees apply: $2.50 - $7.00 Arboretum members are always free.

For More Information visit www.arboretum.org or call 626.821.3222

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scape is now cared for by The Land Conservancy of Canada. A tearoom in the property's heritage home is a fine spot to re-energize with a snack.

BEYONDTHE CITY About 14 miles north of Victoria, The Butchart Gardens, with beds and borders brimming with seasonal color, has drawn over a million tourists. The remarkable transformation of a limestone quarry began a century ago, when Jenny Butchart began creating her bit of garden.Today, the 55-acre landscape is famous for its Sunken Garden set off by a fountain and ponds. In December, festive Christmas lighting creates a fanciful night garden.

A journey from Victoria west to Sooke is an exceptional outing.The trip traces the West Shore's Old Island Highway and calls for a stopover at Hatley Park, one of North America's finest examples of an intact Edwardian estate. Stroll through the voluptuous array of Japanese, Italian and English rose gardens surrounding regal Hatley Castle.

Nestled in the countryside near Sooke, Markham House Bed & Breakfast gives over a wing of a Tudor-style home and a separate cottage to inviting accommodations.

Outside Sooke village, Sooke Harbour House, an idyllic retreat perched on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, offers dreamy rooms with views.The inn's restaurant features fresh local ingredients flavored with delicacies such as the light


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green needles of grand firs. Guests and the public are invited to daily tours of the organic gardens of edible plants.The mist-shrouded-hillside setting encompasses another wonder: Meander to the water's edge for a glimpse of sinuous Whif-fen Spit, a natural formation akin to an earthwork.

If you are interested in visiting private garden sanctuaries reflecting Pacific Northwest style, check withVictorian Garden Tours; they can put together a day with access to gardens designed by true col-orists and avid plant collectors. And don't overlookVancouver Island's public garden displays, especially Government House Gardens and the demonstration gardens of the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific. —alice joyce

■ Alice Joyce is the author of the recently published Gardenwalks in the Pacific Northwest (The Globe Pequot Press, March 2006, $14.95).

What to See:

A curtain of cape fuchsia (phygelius) drapes the gate leading to Penny Bianchi's outdoor living area, where she entertains her friends under the arms of a live oak.



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