(From The Calgary Herald, February 23, 2008) Since we’re still in the grip of winter in our gardens, those who need a floral fix need to look west across the Rockies. That's where Victoria's Magnolia Hotel is offering a Winter/Early Spring Garden Package that promises to inspire garden lovers.
The package includes a guided and narrated tour of two public and two private gardens: the Butchart Gardens; The Four Seasons, a beautiful quarter-hectare urban garden; the Jewel Box Gardens, which surrounds a heritage cottage; and the Doris Page Garden, which demonstrates winter gardening in southern Vancouver Island.
The Package starts at $329 and includes one night at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa in a superior guest room, four hours with a guide (including transportation to the gardens) for two adults plus admission to the gardens, and deluxe continental breakfast.
While you’re there, you might also want to indulge in the hotel’s Aveda Spa. For reservations, call 1-877-MAGNOLIA or visit magnoliahotel.com