In a previous posts, I mentioned that I would show pictures of a public garden in Victoria which I like particularly: the Abkhazi Garden. Not only is it a beautiful garden, it also has a romantic history.
It was created by an actual deposed prince, Nicholas Abkhazi, who married an heiress, Marjorie (Peggy) Pemberton-Carter, who had lost most of her property in the war, when both she and her future husband were interned in prisoner-of-war camps. In 1945, Peggy bought a one acre lot in Victoria, had a house built, married Nicholas Abkhazi and they set out to create a garden.
|A path that leads to the Garden House|
At the turn of the century, the Land Conservancy purchased the property to save it from becoming a townhouse development. Like much of Victoria, the property is on glaciated rocky slopes. One of the best tests to judge a garden is to see it in winter, when there are few things in bloom and the "bones" of the garden are more evident. This is a test the Abkhazi Garden passes with flying colours.
|The house, which is in the middle of the garden|
Like the Government House gardens which I featured in a previous post, this garden is beautifully maintained by volunteers.
|The Garden House|
|A pond on one of the slopes|
The numerous pictures on the Net show how colourful the garden is in spring and summer. However, these winter views give you a better understanding of how the garden "works", as well as a feeling for the order that prevails under the informal look.
|Cyclamens under the trees|