Butchart Gardens is probably the best known Victoria attraction. They were planted in the early 20th century in what used to be a limestone quarry. While this sounded ‘nice’, I knew it would not be my best use of nearly $30, so I was going to skip it, but Mrs. H insisted on taking me there.
We had a wonderful time and I greatly enjoyed myself, more than I would have had I gone on my own since Mrs. H was able to tell the names of a lot of the flowers.
My favourite gardens were the Japanese and the Sunken and my least favourite was the Italian. I like Japanese gardens because they feel very natural for all their formality, with soft ground covers, ponds with bridges, and rocky paths. The Sunken Garden was a formidable feat of horticulture; transforming the lunar landscape of a limestone query into a Technicolour world straight out of a fantasy. I don’t like Italian gardens because they are too stiff and formal, very hard with stone underfoot and statues all around.
These are the best pictures I took:
angeliques (type of tulip)
trillium (the provincial flower of Ontario)
the snail fountain
you walk along this dark path only to emerge…
in a whole new world! I was *awed*!
this chimney is all that is left of the cement factory that used to be on the property
these are wire animals covered with moss
checkered or snake lilies; the petals have a snakeskin pattern
more moss-covered wire animals
a moss-covered wire frog
look closely; this yellow tulip has a red petal!
the frog fountain
approaching the entrance to the Japanese garden
the two ravens were breaking off twigs to build their nest
these lamps made me smile
a wall of bamboo
another frog fountain, this time at the star pond
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard taking a nap in the star pond
entrance to the Italian garden
Visiting Butchart Gardens was a pleasant way to wile away a few hours, but it still feels way overpriced to me, impressed as I was by the way the old quarry was completely transformed.