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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Abkhazi Garden

"The story of the garden really begins in 1920s Paris when the young Marjorie (Peggy) Pemberton-Carter met the exiled Georgian Prince Nicholas Abkhazi...." (excerpt from The Land Conservancy's information pamphlet about the garden.) After turbulent lives, including internments in prison camps during World War II (Germany for him and Shanghai for her), the couple eventually re-united, settled in Victoria and spent much of the remainder of their lives developing the beautiful garden now known as the Abkhazi Garden. I photographed the Calla or Arum Lilies there on a recent visit. It is a spectacular garden and I will be posting more photos of it in days to come.


Tanya Breese said...

I love a garden with a history. Nice photo/story!

USelaine said...

That's such a romantic story, it's almost painful. It took the movie, The White Countess, to inform me that Shanghai was part of the complicated and shifting refugee/imprisonment map of WWII.

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" enjoyed the historical vignette - and for the beautiful photo of the calla lilies!