The Flores del Iris GardensHalfway between British Columbia's beautiful Butchart Gardens and Vandusen Gardens is a boutique garden set in the natural beauty of an island... and this garden is set in a small inn so you can actually stay here.
AutumnAutumn colours, warm lazy days, quiet in the garden, the colours are rich golds and warm yellows. After the lively summer crowds, you may meet a different kind of visitor.
Our gardens stay green all winter, and some flowers may linger while fresh ones are often first to appear on the coast. Rich berries feed our equally rich bird life.
Riotous colour along the paths, iris pond, and fresh colours heralding new growth. Year round, enjoy the quiet, a massage by a waterfall, a cup of tea or glass of wine , or yoga outside your guest room. Spring comes early to Galiano Island.
Our sweet rose garden brings heady scents to warm days and long evenings and lingers into the next season. Christmas roses are not unheard of in this, the mildest climate in Canada.
A Garden that is Yours to Discover
The Inn has many hidden treasures to discover. A secret garden behind the Inn, replete with streams and waterfalls, ponds and garden plantings to discover. As special in autumn as it is in summer.
Relaxation in the Gardens
Many special afternoons have held events in the the gardens of the Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa.
Art shows and sales, music, relaxation, even dining at a private table for two... the gardens have set the scene for many lovely occasions and celebrations.
Or just take time for yourself to just 'be'.
Gardening as food for the body... and spirit
Plants flourish here... an herb garden for the chef, rose garden, perennial garden, even a special spot to meditate or practice yoga.
A quiet place for a cup of tea or a glass of wine. And the best way to connect with nature... a relaxing massage in the Cedar Garden Cottage.
Care for the ecology at its heart
Blessed with a Mediterranean like micro-climate, the Inn gardens feature natural plantings that weather the dry conditions of a hot island summer. Diligent water conservation nurtures many plants and flowers otherwise unknown in this area.
Here nature reigns supreme, with decks and fences built around tree limbs to leave them undisturbed. Just as you would want it.
The Inn owners requested that a covenant be placed on trees on the property: giant California Sequoia, London Plane, and Locus that were all planted soon after the turn of the last century by the English family that began the first garden.
Yoga and Nia within a Meditation Garden
In a glass garden room, with french doors that open to the gardens beyond, experienced instructors provide yoga classes all year round.
In the warm summer months, Nia or yoga instruction may even be outside, in the gardens, surrounded by the sound of the waterfall and the scent of the flowers.
Find your own special place to meditate... reconnecting with nature slows you down to "island time".