Butchart Gardens is a national historic site and has been in bloom since 1904. 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.
I had the good fortune to be in Victoria with a busload of women last week...the annual 'ladies getaway' planned by our feed company...and so enjoyed my time in the gardens. I don't think I have ever seen it looking quite so lovely!
We happened to be there last week during the peak of the spectacular spring bulb display.
Some 300,000 tulip bulbs are planted annually to create the circus of colour that we observed.
From the sunken gardens...
...to the fountain in the quarry
...along canopied pathways
...past blossoming fruit trees
...we had the most delightful day!
Good company. Fresh air. Birds singing. Sun shining. Bliss!
Did I say relaxing? Some just came to sit a spell!
Or maybe to gaze up at the giant redwood trees near the Japanese gardens.
Whatever the reason...over a million visitors come to take a peek every year.
And some come back time and again!
I'm hoping to return again one day...to the lovely garden above the bay!