Butchart Gardens

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:

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Mediterranean garden

Mediterranean garden

Mediterranean garden

Mediterranean garden

angeliques (type of tulip)

angeliques (type of tulip)

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trillium (the provincial flower of Ontario)

trillium (the provincial flower of Ontario)

the snail fountain

the snail fountain

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forget-me-nots

forget-me-nots

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you walk along this dark path only to emerge...

you walk along this dark path only to emerge…

in a whole new world! I was *awed*!

in a whole new world! I was *awed*!

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camelias

camelias

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this chimney is all that is left of the cement factory that used to be on the property

this chimney is all that is left of the cement factory that used to be on the property

camelias

camelias

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pansies

pansies

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these are wire animals covered with moss

these are wire animals covered with moss

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checkered or snake lilies; the petals have a snakeskin pattern

checkered or snake lilies; the petals have a snakeskin pattern

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more moss-covered wire animals

more moss-covered wire animals

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hyacinthes

hyacinthes

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a moss-covered wire frog

a moss-covered wire frog

English daisies

English daisies

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seed field

seed field

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look closely; this yellow tulip has a red petal!

look closely; this yellow tulip has a red petal!

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the frog fountain

the frog fountain

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approaching the entrance to the Japanese garden

approaching the entrance to the Japanese garden

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sturgeon fountain

sturgeon fountain

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the two ravens were breaking off twigs to build their nest

the two ravens were breaking off twigs to build their nest

these lamps made me smile

these lamps made me smile

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moss-covered ground

moss-covered ground

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a wall of bamboo

a wall of bamboo

bamboo walkway

bamboo walkway

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Butchart Cove

Butchart Cove

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crane fountain

crane fountain

magnolias

magnolias

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another frog fountain, this time at the star pond

another frog fountain, this time at the star pond

star pond

star pond

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Mr. and Mrs. Mallard taking a nap in the star pond

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard taking a nap in the star pond

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entrance to the Italian garden

entrance to the Italian garden

Italian garden

Italian garden

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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.

5 thoughts on “Butchart Gardens

  1. It is overpriced, but my Grandmother, who visited them in the middle of winter felt they out-shined gardens of the Bahamas and Hawaii. Also, if you manage to go in the later day you can see the lights in the fountain (11 down on the right of your photos) – not sure if that is on special occasions, summer, or always.

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