Trip Start May 01, 2013
185Trip End May 01, 2014
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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
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