A trash container? Really!?!?
Upon entering Butchart Gardens, I noticed a beautiful display of flowers on a wooden stand. Another glance proved this to be a trash container. A trash container! It was only the beginning of a garden tour that was way beyond what I expected.
Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia
The highlight of my summer was a cruise from Seattle to Alaska with a stop in Victoria British Columbia in Canada. The stop at Victoria included a tour of Butchart Gardens, which is a National Historical Site of Canada.
The gardens cover more than 55 acres of an estate once owned by Robert Pim Buchart, and currently owned by his descendants. The garden began as Robert’s wife, Jennie’s, way to beautify a hole left by a worked-out limestone quarry. The quarry had been used to provide limestone to Butchart’s Portland Cement plant close by.
Cement was Butchart’s business, and he used it in the gardens for the usual sidewalks and walls. Cement also was used for things as unique as a way to support a leaning tree and to form archways covered with flowers.
Six-legged Garden Visitors
The gardens were blessed with as many bees as I have ever seen in one place. They didn’t seem to be at all bothered by the two-legged visitors, either.
So Many Flowers
The gardens began as a way to hide a hole left from a quarry, but it expanded and became one of the most incredible collection of flowers and trees I have ever seen. It would be impossible for me to describe it and do it justice. Take a look for yourself. Click on any picture to make it larger, then click on the right or left side of the image to move through the gallery.
If you ever find yourself in the Seattle area, take the opportunity to make a run over to Victoria and walk through Butchart Gardens. It’s an E-ticket stroll.