Butchart Gardens is a National Historical Site of Canada...and has been in bloom for over one-hundred years. We visited the gardens on our honeymoon...and now returned to get a better view on our recent anniversary.
Located near Victoria...the gardens are the legacy of Jenny Butchart...whose lifelong project was to create a magnificent garden in barren limestone quarry. The Butchart home (originally called Benvenuto ~ Italian for welcome) and gardens are being maintained...just as they always were.
Jenny Butchart started her project with sweet peas...and a rose bush. Sweet peas were still growing alongside the original home.
Fountains...flowers and trees...fifty-five acres of stunning colour.
Here's what we noticed though...just like at home...the gardens can't be ignored. Even show gardens have weeds that need attention!
The famous sunken garden was the heart of Jenny's project.
...for hanging plants....made for a most pleasant walkabout. We had supper in the gardens...and enjoyed a wonderful open air jazz concert on the lawns in the evening. The hours slipped away unnoticed!
It seems that not everyone was as enthusiastic about gardens as we were......and chose to check out early.
And on another bench sat a tour bus driver...passing the time away...and wishing he was home. We chatted awhile...he had seen enough of gardens...enough of casinos...enough of the Grand Canyon...and would like nothing more than to sleep in his own bed. But he did concede that this garden was a beautiful place to pass the time.
As we finished our tour of the gardens...we got a glimpse of the inlet below. Could there be a better location for a destination garden? They come by boat...bus...or car...over a million visitors every year. What would Jenny say now?