Spending time in the Hastings House gardens is a quintessential part of our visitors’ experience. Meander through the meadows filled with grazing sheep and woodlands with views over Ganges Harbour, doze in a deckchair on its manicured lawns, or browse among the flowers, herbs and fruit trees as you marvel at the generosity of this southern Gulf Island. Salt Spring Island, fondly dubbed “The Banana Belt of Canada” boasts temperate weather year round, with more sunshine and less rain than nearby Vancouver or Victoria.
Shelley Kobylka has been our Head Gardener since 2000. She takes full advantage of our mild climate and creates a display of colours and textures throughout the gardens. Guests with a special interest in gardens may ask at Reception if Shelley is available to give them a tour or spend a moment sharing her wealth of knowledge.
Hastings House has its own kitchen gardens for fresh flowers, vegetables, greens and herbs, in addition to orchards to grow soft fruits and berries. Having homegrown produce at his fingertips each day permits our Chef, Marcel Kauer, to plan the menu daily, according to produce that is in season. Each year, Marcel consults with Shelley to plan the next year’s crop. We also harvest a cornucopia of produce from island farms to complement our own gardens and orchards.
You are welcome to enjoy the fenced gardens, but be sure to close the gate afterwards, to keep the deer from munching on our crops. Display gardens outside these protected areas are populated with varieties our four-footed friends don’t appreciate.Sculpture Gardens
Bonny O'Connor and Jerry Parks, owners of Hastings House, have generously opened their grounds to showcase sculpture. In addition to the pieces at Hastings House, a Sculpture Trail has been created in the park just off Churchill Road.
Supporting the arts, providing beautiful land for the work is an important initiative and one that has met with a favourable response from hotel guests, the people of Salt Spring Island and of course, the artists. Hastings House welcomes you to view these wonderful installations.