This tranquil scene can be found at the Songhees Wellness Centre and is part of For the Love of Africa Society Water Garden Tour in July.

This tranquil scene can be found at the Songhees Wellness Centre and is part of For the Love of Africa Society Water Garden Tour in July.

Water garden tour set for July

Ninth annual event supports For the Love of Africa Society

Eleven gardens will be highlighted in the ninth annual Water Garden Tour, hosted by For the Love of Africa Society.

Many of the gardens in the self-guided tours are located in Victoria and Esquimalt.

One of the Victoria gardens is in the Fernwood neighbourhood.

The designer, Logan Thomas of Red Door Landscape Design & Build,  will be on hand to answer questions regarding water features. The entire yard contains plantings and artistic details created by the owners. The pond has a sculpture of a fish jumping into the water.

The home is a heritage home with an incredible, small, unique garden in the back. The water flows from an old brick wall.

In Esquimalt, the water feature is at the Songhees Wellness Centre.

The designer of this water feature is Tony Huibers, of Shibusa Pond and Landscape  Services Ltd.  Huibers has created a gorgeous flow of water that descends alongside Admirals Rod.

The Songhees Wellness Centre is usually closed on Saturday but staff will open on July 11 giving tours of their facility and opening the cafeteria for the day.

For the Love of Africa Society’s Water Garden Tour is on July 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tickets for the water garden tour are $25 each and available June 1.

For ticket information, please go online to watergardentour.ca or call 250-891-0762.

Proceeds from the tour support the For the Love of Africa Society trade school project in Tanzania. A team will be travelling to Dodoma, Tanzania in the fall to work on the Dodoma Technical Institute.

For the Love of Africa Society is a Victoria-based charity formed in 2004. Team members pay their own expenses such as airfare, accommodation and food when travelling to Africa.  All members volunteer their expertise.