I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Back to Butchart's
A break among the flowers
My mother loved to garden, and years ago when
she visited Butchart Gardens outside Victoria, BC, she could not stop raving
about it, so when we finally made it to the west coast we visited, pushing a
young daughter around the pathways in a stroller. We enjoyed it enough that we
returned on another visit to Vancouver Island, and with a morning to spare before
catching a ferry to the mainland, we went back again this year. As usual the
fabulous plant and flower displays continue to impress.
The Butchart Boar!
The original Mr. Butchart produced Portland
cement, and needed limestone for the process. Outside Victoria, he operated a
large limestone quarry, and when it was exhausted his wife decided to turn the
ugly hole in the ground into a garden. Over the years it grew until it was not
only the quarry, but the surrounding properties and is now a popular tourist
attraction pulling in millions of visitors every year.
The Butchart’s original house and property
are now surrounded by beautiful gardens, and
Even the garbage cans have plants
you can spend hours wandering
through the various styles of gardens. There is the original quarry which has a
beautiful fountain in one end, a Japanese garden, a rose garden, an Italian
garden a Mediterranean garden and even a bog garden.
We have been here at various times through
the year, and the gardens are always beautiful. The beds are constantly
maintained by an army of gardeners; producing near
The Original Quarry garden
perfect displays all the
time. As we wandered among the flowers I noticed one corner that did not look
that good, but returning a few minutes later, the offending non-perfect plants
had been dug out and replaced.
My mother was right, the gardens are
beautiful, and if you are visiting the Victoria area, a side trip to this
attraction should be on your to-do list. But, really these pictures do a better job of
describing Butchart than the writing.