September 15–November 30
As warm days transition to crisp nights, a parade of red, russet and golden maples emerge at The Gardens. It’s the perfect time of year to visit the Japanese Garden before winter begins. In November, as The Gardens become quieter, our gardeners have more time to spend with visitors. This is a rare chance for you to see behind the scenes in some of our greenhouses.
Go behind the scenes at The Gardens: With 26 greenhouses spanning 0.8 hectares (2 acres), our gardeners are kept busy year-round, growing and nurturing plants for each seasonal display. Led by a staff gardener, your one-hour tour will introduce you to the greenhouses and cover topics ranging from plant propagation and production to pest management.
Reservations are required for the tour. We begin taking reservations on Monday, October 22 at 9:00 AM (no earlier).
Reserve by calling 250-652-4422. Admission to The Gardens is required.
UPDATE: We are no longer taking reservations. Greenhouse Tours are fully booked. Thank you for your interest.
Greenhouse tours operate on weekends only November 1 to 30.
What will I learn on a Greenhouse Tour?
Topics you may learn about include: propagation methods used in seed production, vegetative plant production, over wintering of plant material, Integrated Pest Management practices, indoor growing environment challenges, and producing our diverse floral displays.
Are Greenhouse Tours wheelchair or scooter accessible?
Unfortunately, due to the uneven terrain and narrow spaces on the tour, wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated.
Can children or pets come on the tour?
Pets and children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the tour.
Are tours ever cancelled?
Tours may be cancelled without notice when made impossible by conditions beyond our control.
How fast do reservations fill up?
We recommend booking shortly after we begin taking reservations on Monday, October 22 at 9:00 AM as spots fill up fast. We do not accept reservations prior to this time.
What is the cost of a greenhouse tour?
Admission to The Gardens is required. There is no additional charge for these tours.