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Ok so I'll admit, I am not green thumb. I don't know a rose from a thistle - well of course I do but I was just trying to get my point across. Both my parents were/are avid gardeners but I must have missed that gene because I most certainly am not. But I had been told that the Butchart Gardens were pretty amazing and not to be missed, plus my mum loves flowers so I thought at least I would ...
"The renown of the family owned gardens is widespread. Each year over a million bedding plants in some 900 varieties give you uninterrupted bloom from March through October. Almost a million people visit annually for spring’s colourful flowering bulbs; summer’s riot of colour, entertainment and Saturday Fireworks; fall’s russets and golds; ...
... street art adorned the side of boardwalks or buildings, and like any Chinatown there was a set of very impressive gates. The most famous lane in Chinatown is Fan Tan Alley. This is the narrowest street/lane in Victoria and apparently Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson rode down this lane in the movie Bird on a wire. I think that is what makes it so famous?? We took in the sights of Chinatown but it was now time to hire the bikes. We were served by a Canadian guy who had lived ...
Today we are still in Victoria and went with the tour to the Butchart Gardens. This is a 55 hectare garden started by Jenny Butchart in the early 1900's to cover the view of the cement works that her husband ran, from the house where the family lived. She started by planting pine trees to cover the chimneys and from there has grown to a truly magnificent garden as ...
... poles - they are awesome. Although some of their carvings are a little suss.
After that there was a history of the white-Canadians from decade to decade... it was interesting looking at the similarities and differences between Australian and Canadian trends in the 1990s.
The final section is called 'old town' and has a mock village of Victoria back in the old days. It was pretty cool walking around all these old shops and buildings. I liked the old ...
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