CA, British Columbia: Blooming memories @ The Butchart Gardens

Even though Spring has given us promising signs earlier this month, the temperatures dropped in the past week or so. What a better time to dig into my coffer, and find some blooming memories😊 – The Butchart Gardens, that we have visited back in 2016 when we did a road trip across half North America.

After an amazing ride by ferry from Vancouver, we arrived in Vancouver Island, planning to go to Victoria, the capital of the Canadian province British Columbia. As soon as we got down from the ferry, we wondered what if we could take a little detour to these gardens I was reading occasionally about. We found the entrance tickets were a bit expensive, but why not, since we are here already!

The Butchart Gardens

The story of these gardens started in 1904, when Butchart family moved from Ontario to Vancouver Island to build a cement plant because of the rich limestone deposits necessary for cement production. After few years, in 1912, when the limestone quarry was exhausted, Jennie Butchart envisioned a garden in its place, and the main quarry turned out to Sunken Garden.

The Butchart Gardens - Sunken Garden
Sunken Garden

Between 1906 and 1929, the Gardens expanded, with a Japanese Garden on the seaside, an Italian Garden on the former tennis court, and the Rose Garden on the former vegetable garden.

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The Butchart Gardens - Italian Garden
Italian Garden

Gifted to their grandson in 1939, Ian Ross promoted the park adding outdoor concerts and new lighting, making it a world-renowned attraction.

The Butchart Gardens - Ross Fountain
Ross Fountain

When the park was celebrating 100th anniversary, The Butchard Gardens were designated as National Historic Site. Today, there are over 900 varieties of plants.

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The short stroll we intended to make in the park turned out to a 3-hour tour, we could not imagine how big, and how beautiful the place is. Flowers, trees, fountains, all nature was a bliss to our senses, and we were very sorry to leave so soon.

The Butchart Gardens - Sturgeon Fountain
Sturgeon Fountain
The Butchart Gardens - Dragon Fountain
Dragon Fountain

At this time The Gardens are temporarily closed due to Covid-19 situation, but this is definitely a place not to be missed when the park is re-opening its gates.

The Butchart Gardens - Star Pond
Star Pond

Tip(s) of the day:

  • The terraces might be busy with tourists during summer months, when most of the flowers are blooming;
  • Allow minimum 4 hours to enjoy properly the gardens;
  • No worries if it’s raining, there were 2 big boxes with umbrellas to be borrowed, along the way.

 

~ visited in July 2016

8 thoughts on “CA, British Columbia: Blooming memories @ The Butchart Gardens

  1. Wow, The Butchart Gardens look amazing! I would love to go back to Vancouver and then catch a ferry to Vancouver Island and drive all the way to Tofino. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day 😀 Aiva

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  2. I haven’t been there in years. I have friends on the island so usually go straight to Sooke where they live. If you are in the area again, Sooke is lovely. Buon viaggio…..quando possiamo! Cristina

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    1. Thank you for the tip! Hopefully we will have more time to explore the island, one day🙂. I understand there are so many beautiful areas on the island.
      Hopefully we can all travel again soon!!!

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