Visitors on the Victoria Conservatory of Music's 33rd annual Garden Tour this weekend will experience backyard scenes like this at sites around Greater Victoria.

Tour Greater Victoria gardens with mom this weekend

Two-day Victoria Conservatory of Music fundraiser promises music and a variety of landscaping

The Victoria Conservatory of Music hosts its 33rd annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour this weekend, with nine sites open to viewing, with a background of music.

These pockets of greenery and flowering plants, accented with natural and manmade elements, are spread throughout Greater Victoria, from the national treasure that is Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site in Colwood, to a classic Oak Bay garden with contemporary updates.

Adding to the ambiance, students and faculty members from the conservatory will perform at many of the stops on the tour, while other sites will have recorded music playing throughout. As well, master horticulturists will be on hand to answer general and specific questions about gardening.

A perennial favourite, the annual plant sale, will happen at the Midland Road location on the tour in Oak Bay.

Tour attendees are also invited to stop by the grand finale to the weekend, the Joy of Life concert led by Daniel Lapp at the conservatory’s Alix Goolden Performance Hall, starting at 3 p.m. Sunday. Garden tour tickets allow the holders $10 off the concert ticket price.

The tour runs Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Tickets are $30 (children 12-under are free) and may be purchased online and at many locations throughout Greater Victoria. Find more information at vcm.bc.ca/tickets-garden-tour. All proceeds support the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

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