The spectacular Butchart Gardens hosts millions of visitors from around the world.
This afternoon, it also hosted a special fundraiser – helping a school for young women in the African country of Malawi.
This is the sixth annual Malawi Girls Garden Party fundraiser, and the first held at Butchart Gardens.
The money is being raised for the Malawi Education Foundation, which supports girls education in the rural African country.
The project began in 2006, when Canadian teacher Christie Johnson partnered with Memory Chazeza, a Malawian teacher, and created an all-girls secondary school.
That school has now graduated more than 500 young women.
As educators, Christie and Memory believe that education is the key to giving girls a choice in the lives that they lead.
It gives them a voice to share their dreams with their communities.
It is their voice that will give them the power they need to transform their lives and the lives of their future families.
The annual Malawi Girls Garden Party has raised more than $125,000 over the past 6 years.