Trip Start Mar 26, 2006
26Trip End Oct 20, 2006
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Overall, we're charmed by Victoria's lively downtown, active port, great selection of restaurants, colorful hanging flower baskets, scenic coastal drive, and beachside parks
Our destination on the next morning is Butchart Gardens, where I'm instantly mesmerized by the 50+ acres of jaw-dropping displays of plants and flowers. The landscape in every direction is bursting with vibrant colors and covered with lavish textures. It's a photographer's dream come true, like stepping into a living Monet painting. I find myself drawn into every inch of detail, every shade of green, every perfectly arranged flower bed and plant combination. This is unreal, it's so beautiful. We slowly wander through an enormous rose garden with blossoms cascading across trellises overhead, delight at the gigantic bonsai trees and miniature temples mirrored in the reflection ponds of the Japanese garden, and marvel at the lush perfectly manicured flowers that cover what was once a barren, ugly carved out quarry. Butchart Gardens is a definite must see - double whatever amount of time you think you'll spend here and you'll still be in a rush to get through it all. I could have spent hours sitting and enjoying just one teeny spot of the endless acres of beauty.
Hope you have as much fun looking at the pictures as I had taking them!