It All Began in a Garden The Abkhazi Garden, Victoria BC

I began visiting the Abkhazi Garden in 2008 and always enjoy a walkabout through this approximately 1 acre garden. I love a good story (especially a love story) and the one that goes along with how this garden came to be is a lovely one. I copied this story from the website for the teahouse that is located on the grounds of the garden. It is entitled...

"The Garden That Love Built"
Peggy Pemberton-Carter met Prince Nicholas Abkhazi, in Paris in 1922. Prince Nicholas, the last surviving son of an ancient line of kings of Abkhazia on the Black sea, had been living there in exile since escaping the Bolshevik Revolution. They found themselves "amiable", taking walks together, visiting galleries and conversing in their common language of French. They kept in touch through correspondence and met occasionally over the next few years. Peggy and her mother lived in various places: England, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Eygpt and China.
At the outbreak of World War II, Prince Nicholas joined the French army and was soon captured. Peggy spent the war in captivity in Shanghai. When the war ended, though they had not seen each other since 1933, they made the decision to be together. Peggy met her prince in New York in November 1946, married him and became the Princess Nicholas Abkhazi.
The Prince and Princess settled in Victoria, began to develop their one-acre property and build their home. They continued to improve the garden throughout their forty years together. In 2000, The Land Conservancy purchased the property to preserve the Garden, the legacy of the Abkhazis.

There is a structure at the back of the garden called the summerhouse where I can imagine curling up with a book or some sketching materials and napping on a warm summer afternoon. This is the view you would enjoy from that vantage point.

Created By
Cathy Bennington


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