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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 has been refurbished for future student use.

What’s in the (water) works at Royal Roads

The ponds and fish ladders in RRU’s gardens go back more than a century and are getting upgrades as part of A Vision in Bloom.

RRU Bonsai with Mark Paterson

We are pleased to share a little peek into a local donor event with RRU’s Bonsai Artist Mark Paterson who shared insights on the art of bonsai.

He devoted a lifetime to bonsai. Soon, you’ll be able to see his trees at Royal Roads

Dick and Bette Geisreiter donated over 100 bonsai to Royal Roads University to be enjoyed in the university’s Japanese garden.
Hayoto Ogawa and Vera Gammert in the Japanese Gardens at RRU

Rejuvenation of Royal Roads’ Japanese gardens will build on tradition — and perfection

A major upgrade of Royal Roads University’s tranquil Japanese gardens is a key piece of its Vision in Bloom fundraising campaign.

Bench donation highlights pivotal time for women in World War II

Nephew and niece honour Eileen Maurice, who served as a "Wren" a Royal Roads Military College during World War II.

Japanese Gardens’ history is entwined with the men who made it

Isaburo Kishida and Tadashi Noda were the designers behind Royal Roads University’s verdant and serene Japanese Gardens.

Buzzing bees will boost Royal Roads’ vision for a productive kitchen garden

Century-old kitchen garden at RRU will produce fruit, veggies for campus and community as part of Vision in Bloom renewal

Classmates and lifelong comrades, Class of ’61 remembers Royal Roads

In place of a 60th anniversary celebration, graduates of the former Royal Roads Military College donated to the Vision in Bloom fundraiser.

President Steenkamp: Good things are growing at RRU

We're reimagining what was once the Dunsmuirs’ kitchen garden into a community food-production hub. Watch the first plot being built in just two days.

Growing and giving: Royal Roads’ kitchen garden to produce food

RRU’s kitchen garden is the lynchpin of Vision in Bloom, a campaign to restore the university’s historic gardens and grounds.
Water wheel in Japanese Garden

Renewal for Royal Roads’ iconic water wheel

The waterwheel in the Japanese Gardens is a powerful symbol of rebirth and regeneration, and an example of how man, machine and nature can work together in harmony. This iconic feature was skillfully restored by local artisans thanks to the generous support of community donors.
Front of the Glasshouse

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.
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.

Waking up the Roses with Greg Higgs

We are pleased to share a behind-the-scenes and “top tips” video from rosarian Greg Higgs, who shows us how and when to “wake up the roses” for the year ahead.

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.

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.

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.

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.