(City of Victoria)

An exciting annual tradition has returned to the inner harbour!

The massive “Surfacing” flower sculpture, featuring a mother orca and her calf, has once again graced the area in front of the Empress hotel in Victoria.

Months of meticulous preparation go into creating this awe-inspiring display, which comprises an astonishing 10,000 individual plants.

The re-planting process takes place every spring at the Beacon Hill Park Nursery, ensuring the sculpture’s vibrancy and freshness.

The sculpture is a four-metre tall and six-metre long garden display of a mother and baby orca riding a wave. The display was inspired by similar garden structures in Burnaby and Old Montreal’s Mosaiculture Garden.

The Orcas horticultural display made its return to the corner of Government and Humboldt yesterday. Since 2010, the…

Posted by City of Victoria – Local Government on Thursday, May 18, 2023

The City of Victoria and the Downtown Victoria Business Association collaborated back in 2010 to make the project happen.

The orcas are carefully adorned with Alternanthera ‘Purple Knight’ and Santolina chamaecyparissus, contributing to their striking appearance. The wave element is crafted using Festuca glauca ‘Beyond Blue,’ while the spout is brought to life with Eragrostis ‘Wind Dancer.’

The unique garden display is designed to enhance Victoria’s downtown and is a popular photo opportunity for locals and over three million visitors to Victoria each year.

The nearly 12,000 pound flower sculpture will remain on location until the fall.