About Us

Joan Looy, of Victorian Garden Tours, taught at and headed a Victoria Community College department for over twenty years. She then decided to follow her passion for gardening by offering garden tours featuring wonderful private gardens that were only rarely available to visiting garden enthusiasts.

Having grown up in the Victoria area, she is also eager to share local history and provide interpretive tours of lesser known historic public gardens. Take advantage of Joan's infectious enthusiasm for gardening, her thorough knowledge of gardening trends, and her extensive gardening experience. If Joan is not available to guide your tour, she will ensure another Victoria gardener, also knowledable of local history, will show Victoria's gardens to their best effect.

We hope you'll join us on one of our tours. If you do, you'll enjoy the following benefits:

  • You will view gardens at their "peak" because we know each garden
  • You can take advantage of our intimate local garden knowledge by getting specific and general information on each garden
  • Enjoy exclusive access to private gardens not available to the public
  • Discover current garden trends from our knowledgable guides
  • Learn how local gardeners are using garden trends in their work
  • You'll be introduced to local gardening enthusiasts and experts
  • Save time by having us design a custom tour tailored to your schedule and interests

A Testimonial

From Martin Kovar
As a graduate of two Master of Landscape Architecture programs and a practicing residential garden designer in Canada, I was truly pleased with the high standard or guided tours offered by Joan Looy of Victorian Garden Tours. Having participated in several escorted visits to gardens in Europe, Joan surprised me with a customized itinerary of sites tailored to satisfy my individual interests, based on a telephone discussion Joan initiated in advance of our tour.

Paying careful attention to each garden location and exposure, Joan lined up our visits so as to show each site in the optimal light and time of day. Her intimate knowledge of Victoria gardens and access privileges to a vast array of sites, allowed me, an out of province visitor, to start my day experiencing the quiet wonder of treading on a grassy path shimmering with silver dew, hemmed by cushy mounds of textural perennials. Similarly, the study of shadow play and rich colours of pealing bark displayed by an aged rhododendron grouping, were offered in the afternoon.

Like a chef, Joan took me through the day serving the exact right dishes at the most appropriate times, with heavy emphasis on desert items. Delight yourself, and sample some of the sites Victorian Garden Tours gained access to over many years in business. Let Joan know about your taste preferences, and she will do her best to satisfy your appetite for the art of gardening.

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