Renew the Japanese Gardens
Bordered by a lake and bisected by quiet streams, the Japanese Gardens are perhaps the most cherished sanctuary on the Royal Roads campus.
Designed at the turn of the last century by Isaburo Kishida, the garden was the first of the formal gardens to be built at Hatley Castle—a trendy choice for Victoria’s most stylish estates in the Edwardian era.
Today a peaceful oasis in a pandemic-weary world, the garden has reached a venerable age. Compassionate care is now urgently required to preserve both plants and infrastructure.
In 2020, generous RRU donors enabled the repair of the traditional water wheel, along with the re-installation of three Japanese crane sculptures.
Now, with your support, Royal Roads will move to launch a full-scale restoration of the Japanese Gardens, improving accessibility and enhancing the restorative environment to benefit generations to come. Our Vision in Bloom campaign will mark the beginning of this important initiative.