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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

Abkhazi Garden

The Garden that Love Built

 
 
Abkhazi Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
1. Abkhazi Garden Marker
Inscription.

Peggy Pemberton-Carter met Prince Nicholas Abkhazi, in Paris in 1922. Prince Nicholas, the last surviving son of an ancient line of kings of Abkhazia on the Black Sea, had been living there in exile since escaping the Bolshevik Revolution. They found themselves "amiable", taking walks together, visiting galleries and conversing in their common language of French. They kept in touch through correspondence and met occasionally over the next few years. Peggy and her mother lived in various places: England, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Egypt and China.

At the outbreak of World War II, Prince Nicholas joined the French army and was soon captured. Peggy spent the war in captivity in Shanghai. When the war ended, though they had not seen each other since 1933, they made the decision to be together. Peggy met her prince in New York in November 1946, married him and became the Princess Nicholas Abkhazi.

The Prince and Princess settled in Victoria, began to develop their one-acre property and build their home. They continued to improve the garden throughout their forty years together. In 2000, The Land Conservancy purchased the property to preserve the Garden, the legacy of the Abkhazis.
 
Erected by The Land Conservancy of British Columbia.
 
Location.
Abkhazi Garden Marker at Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
2. Abkhazi Garden Marker at Entrance
48° 24.94′ N, 123° 19.57′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Fairfield Road and Shotbolt Road, on the left when traveling east on Fairfield Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1964 Fairfield Road, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 1H4, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abkhazi Garden House (within shouting distance of this marker); European exploration in the Strait of Juan de Fuca (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Chinese Cemetery (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); a different marker also named Chinese Cemetery (approx. one kilometer away); Sahsima (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); Estate of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); William Edgar Oliver (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); Right Reverend George Hills, D.D. (approx. 1.1 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Victoria.
 
Also see . . .  Abkhazi Garden. (Submitted on July 10, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
View of Abkhazi Garden image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
3. View of Abkhazi Garden
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 305 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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