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  • Tips on Growing Orcas from the City of Gardens

    We’ve been growing orcas at the City of Victoria for the past five years and figure it’s time to share a few tips. In early spring the City of Victoria staff plant over 12,000 seeds in the warmth of the greenhouse.  These seedlings are then lovingly added to the mom and baby orca figures.  Watch how...

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  • Celebrating Chinese Heritage in Victoria

      In celebration of Chinese New Year (February 19) and BC Heritage Week (February 16 – 22), the City of Victoria is shining a light on our city’s rich Chinese Canadian heritage.    Victoria is nationally recognized as the location of the first and oldest intact Chinatown in Canada. In the 1850s, exacerbated by political...

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  • Batten down the Hatches, Declutter your Gutters, Pump your Sump and Clear your Catch Basins

    Preparing for winter in Victoria may not include dusting off your snow blower or getting out your block heater, but here is a short list of ‘storm proofing’ tasks that will help you stay dry this season. 1)    Declutter your Gutters.   Remove debris like leaves and twigs so that rainwater can flow through your gutters and...

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  • The Secret Lives of Poinsettias

    Every year approximately 800 poinsettias magically appear to bring seasonal cheer to our community. One of the elves in the City of Victoria greenhouses offered a glimpse into the love and special care that brings these poinsettias to life each year. Each January the elves flip through catalogues dedicated entirely to poinsettias.  Did you know...

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  • Today’s “Must Have Accessory”

    The “Must Have Accessory” of November 15, 2014 is free, looks good on everyone, and is available to the masses, but for one day only. Designed to celebrate voting and create a visual cue for others to vote on General Voting Day, the “I Voted” sticker is a must-have for fall. White, in combination with...

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  • Party? What Party?

    What does it take to clean up after a 12 hour party for 70,000 guests? Canada Day clean-up efforts included: A five person Street Cleaning crew to collect garbage and keep 32 km of streets and sidewalks clear through the day.  They maintained more than 250 garbage cans during and after the event. Collecting approximately...

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