Butchart Gardens

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The place definitely deserves a blog of it's own.  When you enter you are given a map to follow and you travel through three or four major gardens and several other areas to view as well.  At each turn you are overwhelmed by the pure magnitude of the gardens not to mention the thousands of plants you are viewing.  The most impressive to me was the sunken garden and I am sorry to say, the photos just do not to it justice.  Again we had a most beautiful day and the color combinations were stunning.  

The Sunken Garden was built in the place where a quarry once was, and Mrs. Jenny Butchart just hated that area and was determined to turn it into a garden and so she did!!!  One of the stacks from the quarry is still visible in the distance at her request.  But you would never know that this had once been a big ugly hole in the ground.  What vision this woman had  and we are talking over 100 years ago.  It is still in the family today and run by a great-granddaughter.

The gardens cover  55 acres.  Mr. Butchart ran the Portland cement plant, and once the limestone was extracted and they retired, she started to work on her gardens.  The couple travelled extensively and she would bring back exotic plants from some of these locations.  The Butchart's opened their gardens in the 1920's and they would entertain 55 thousand people each year.  Today more than 1 million people come to see these gardens. In 2004 on the one hundredth anniversary of the gardens, it became a National Historic Site of Canada.

Enjoy the gardens.

P. S.  Jane Horn - I needed you with me to identify all these beautiful plants
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Pamela on

Every time I visit those gardens I feel as though I've entered Eden. There are no words to describe the majesty of what has been accomplished on that land.

Avery on

WOW it is magnificent...there many years ago with Ken....remember it vividly. Enjoy each moment!!!

jerrygolfboyer on

I always liked pictures of flowers. Yours are the best. Did you get your camera fixed?

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