Change is Growing: The New Reality of Gardening with Brian Minter

The Friends of Government House Gardens Society were lucky to have a special guest speaker last month: world renowned gardening expert Brian Minter. In this guest blog, Brian, sharing his thoughts on changes in how we garden and interact with our natural world.

You Might Bee Perfect for Volunteering: Carolyn Hissen, Volunteer Beekeeper at Government House

Carolyn Hissen felt the call of volunteering from an early age. This Volunteer Week, meet Government House’s volunteer beekeeper and learn how volunteering makes her life sweeter.

An Update on Government House Refurbishments

An update on refurbishments taking place at Government House.

Job Opportunity – Volunteer Coordinator, Goverment House

Government House is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator, a role that will be a pivotal liaison between our volunteers and the Government House Director of Operations.

A Bloom of Hope: Government House’s Ongoing Commitment in the Fight Against Food Insecurity

Government House is committed to fighting food insecurity, giving back through community initiatives and gardening.

Notice of Temporary Main Gate Closure at Government House

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, the main gate to Government will be temporarily closed from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Woodlands Trail Temporarily Closed at Government House

A notice for visitors to Government House, the Woodlands Trail is closed temporarily due to inclement weather

New Year’s Day Levée : A Collection of Memories

We are delighted to share the winner of our New Year’s Day Levée photo contest.

Government House Invites British Columbians to Share New Years Day Levée Memories

With the cancellation of the New Years Day Levée, Government House invites all who have attended a Levée to share their favourite photographs and memories.

Grounds of Government House to Reopen on Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The grounds of Government House will reopen at dawn on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Thank you to all for your patience and understanding over the course of this closure.

COVID-19 Updates for Visitors to Government House

With cases of COVID-19 increasing on Vancouver Island, the grounds of Government House will be closed for at least two weeks.

Notice of Main Gate Closure at Government House

Starting on October 5, 2020, the main gate entrance to the grounds at Government House and connecting driveway will be closed for construction.

Fall Updates from Government House

Updates on the status of the Government House grounds, House renovations, and thanks to all patrons for another successful season of Rudi’s Tea Room.

“Food is Community”: Giving Back Through Gardening with Willow Kaukanon

Meet Willow Kaukanon, manager of the Government House Victory Over COVID Garden.

Summertime Updates from Government House

Updates on refurbishments at Government House, the Music on the Lawn summer concert series and open hours for the grounds.

Temporary Closure: Rudi’s Tea Room

Rudi’s Tea Room will be CLOSED for one day on Friday, June 19, due to BC Hydro maintenance requirements.

Join Us to Get Growing!

Government House is delighted to take part in Get Growing, Victoria!, a free food seedlings distribution program created by the City of Victoria.

Remembering Rudi Hoenson

Government House has lost a great friend with the passing of Rudi Hoenson, a lifelong philanthropist and passionate supporter of Government House.

Rudi’s Tea Room Is Back for the Summer

As of May 20, 2020, Rudi’s Tea Room will be open for business for the summer.

Government House Grounds to Reopen

The grounds of Government House will re-open to visitors on May 14, 2020, with new limited hours.

A New Kind of Community Growth: The Victory Over COVID Garden

Here at Government House, we want to do our part in the fight against COVID-19, and that’s why we’re working with community partners, including the City of Victoria, to create the Victory Over COVID garden (VOC).

Celebrating Earth Day in Our Naturehoods

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! I’m recognizing the beautiful natural environments of British Columbia, including some found right in our neighbourhoods.

Notice for Visitors to Government House

The grounds of Government House are currently closed to the public. Please read more for details.

Join us for the 2020 New Year’s Day Levée!

Join us at Government House for the annual New Years Day Levee

Refurbishments at Government House

Starting early in the new year, Government House will be undergoing significant refurbishments, including a series of long-needed upgrades and renovations

The Heraldic Traditions of British Columbia

To mark the visit of the Governor General, her heraldic shield has been installed at Government House, part of a long tradition of heraldry in the province

Government House Upgrades and Updates

Jerymy Brownridge, Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and Executive Director of Government House, is pleased to share a report of upgrades and maintenance done to Government House

Join Us for the Government House Foundation Annual Gala Ball

A highlight of the Government House Foundation’s initiatives and a major fundraiser in support of the Priority Programs of the Lieutenant Governor is the annual black-tie Gala Ball, held at Government House

A Guide to the Gardens of Government House

Government House has 36 acres of manicured gardens, sprawling lawns and native woodlands to explore. Learn more about the unique gardens that make up the Estate of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

Sustainability, Friendship and Big Inspiration: Students on the TSL Experience

At the Trust for Sustainable Living Schools Essay Competition and Debates, students discuss sustainability, new friendships and big inspiration

Adventures in Cheesemaking at Government House

The menu at Government House just got even more local, with a line of small batch cheeses made in-house by sous chef Vincent Capitano

The International Friends of Government House

You don’t have to be a local to volunteer at Government House! Meet Everett Hyman, a Texan who found himself working the rose gardens on his summer vacation

Music on the Lawn

Join us for three nights of live music throughout July at the Government House band shell

The LG Report: Winter/Spring 2019

Highlights of the Lieutenant Governor’s calendar and initiatives throughout winter and spring 2019

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Activity Report, October-December 2018

Highlights of the Lieutenant Governor’s calendar and initiatives throughout October to December 2018

Office of the Lieutenant Governor: Activity Report, July-September 2018

Highlights of the Lieutenant Governor’s calendar and initiatives throughout July to September, 2018

Donations Accepted!

Do you have something you’re looking to let go, that might fit in at Government House? Find out more about the House’s donation policy for artwork, furniture, housewares and more