Jessica Tamas picks borage at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific for use at the garden's restaurant. The garden will be participating in Canada’s inaugural Garden Day on Friday.

Jessica Tamas picks borage at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific for use at the garden's restaurant. The garden will be participating in Canada’s inaugural Garden Day on Friday.

Friday is garden day in Victoria, and across Canada

Entry to Horticulture Centre of the Pacific in Saanich free on Friday

Canada’s inaugural Garden Day happens today (June 14) and Saanich’s Horticulture Centre of the Pacific is opening its doors to mark the occasion.

Guests can access and tour the gardens, located at 505 Quayle Rd., for free between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Canada’s Garden Day.

“We’re all striving, as a group, to put into the minds of both Canadians and the broader world that Canada’s not just a land of snow and ice,” Roger Charles, executive director of HCP, said of the Canadian Garden Tourism Council’s initiative.

“This day is a part of that exercise to build awareness of the fact that not only are gardens a wonderful visual treat, but they’re healthy for you, as well.”

According to Canada’s Garden Day organizers, the national event is to “underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the value of home gardening, the promotion of environmental stewardship and to celebrate our Canadian garden culture.”

For more info on Canada’s Garden Day and other participating gardens – including the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, visit canadasgardenday.ca.

kslavin@saanichnews.com