Italian Gardens

Gardens & Healing

Recent research confirms that a weekly two-hour “dose” of nature is all it takes to lift overall health and well-being. Just 120 minutes—all at once or spread out over seven days—is all it takes to reap the significant physical, mental and emotional rewards of time among the trees and flowers.

Royal Roads University’s uniquely scenic campus—an ancient and enduring gathering place for the Xwsepsum and Lekwungen First Nations—now welcomes more than 20,000 visitors each year.

They come for the history: the chance to stroll a rare Edwardian garden in the shadow of fairy-tale Hatley Castle. They come to explore Nature in her many guises: forest and foreshore, groomed garden and wild meadow.

And now more than ever, they come to find peace in the face of a global pandemic.

Wisteria in Italian Garden

We need your help to restore and reimagine these healing gardens.

The Royal Roads campus has long been integral to community health and happiness—a magnificent 10-acre backyard park offering daily joy, adventure and solace. And for students and alumni, it is a beautiful backdrop to their academic pursuits—a place to relax, recharge and make enduring memories.

Your donation will improve park accessibility and signage to extend community reach and engagement. There’s also an opportunity to help visitors linger longer on park paths and trails: a Commemorative Giving program that will place six new legacy benches around the gardens.

Or, consider sponsoring a section of the park—in your own name or someone else’s—to help protect and maintain the uniquely restorative qualities of Hatley Park.