Our Stories

The power of the picnic table resonates with Royal Roads MBA grads 16 years later

2005 MBA cohort raised $5,000 for Royal Roads and picnic table they donated will be refurbished for future student use.

The commitment and vision of David Rutherford

David Rutherford began working in the gardens in 1970 when it was under the care of Royal Roads Military College and continued to shape its growth as Royal Roads University until 2010. A video was made to commemorates his passion, his commitment and his vision.

His whole life revolved around those gardens

In the history of Royal Roads hundreds of people have dedicated their workdays to the historic colourful ornamental gardens and lush landscape. “Slim” Quinney was one of them. His hard work, and legacy will soon be dedicated to his memory with a bench on the university grounds.

Class of ’69 gives back in memory of Ted Bade

They began their decades of service to their country together in a special place. Now, the Class of 1969 from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) is looking to the past while contributing to the future of Royal Roads University. And they’re doing it in the name of a fallen classmate and comrade.

Flowers and friendship bloom in historic gardens

Gardeners Emma Lansdowne and Jessie Phillips pour more than compost and fertilizer into the flower beds at Royal Roads. They pour a whole lot of love, too. Meet the green thumbs and best friends who have been tending these gardens for more than a decade.
Bees from the Royal Roads apiary

Bees produce a buzz in Royal Roads gardens

Bee health is critically important to global health: bees are the most important pollinator of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and more than a third of the world’s crop production depends on bees for pollination. The world needs more bees, and your gift will help us expand our apiary to enhance food security in our community and grow our living laboratory for students, educators and researchers.

How does this garden grow… community?

From advancing organic soil science to exploring Indigenous harvest rituals, the seven-acre Walled Garden has limitless potential to serve as a living laboratory, engaging students, educators, researchers and volunteers from diverse West Shore communities. With donor support, we plan to do just that. Help us transform this historical space into a model organic garden that boost food security and feeds community.

Preserving history in Royal Roads’ ‘Glass House’

The only building on the Royal Roads campus still used for its original purpose, the Glass House within the Walled Garden has nurtured seedlings for over 100 years. With donor support, this unique heritage structure will serve as a dynamic hub of teaching, learning and research well into the future.

Nature is for healing

Royal Roads’ grounds and gardens are not only a beautiful backdrop to a life-changing education, but also a lush landscape for mental wellness. Your gift will improve access to this powerfully restorative landscape and help build community resilience.