Springtime at The Butchart Gardens

March 17, 2017 — Leave a comment
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One of the most breathtaking experiences that I have had was visiting The Butchart Gardens in the Springtime. The grounds were immaculate and the flowers planted by gardeners experienced with presenting true beauty.  2016 was my first year with a Butchart Gardens membership and it was the first time that I visited in the Spring. With Spring of 2017 delayed on the West Coast, and while I recover from a little operation, I wanted to finally publish this post. Please join me as I look back to my visits from last Spring to The Butchart Gardens.

The Butchart Gardens are located in Brentwood Bay near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and are a 1.5 hour ferry sail and short drive from Vancouver. The gardens were established by Robert and Jennie Butchart and have been in existence for over 110 years. The Butchart family owned a quarry on the grounds and when the limestone was exhausted, they embarked on turning the site into what is now known as the Sunken Garden. The Japanese Garden predated the Sunken Garden and over the years, much of their property was turned into various gardens under the guidance of Jennie Butchart. The gardens were named a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004 and currently have about one million yearly visitors from all over the World.

This is a long post but I could have easily added another 30 photos. Let’s get started. What do you think of this scene from the Italian Garden? We’ll get there very soon.

 

 

The renowned sign near the entrance and is very popular for photos.

 

 

This sculpture of Porcellino, the Butcher’s Boar is not far from the entrance. It’s a replica of a 1620 cast by Pietro Tacca. Rubbing the snout is supposed to bring you good luck.

 

 

Isn’t this pretty? Walking along the path outside the Private Garden.

 

 

Although you can’t enter Jennie Butchart’s Private Garden, you can easily glance inside.

 

 

Fallen Magnolia petals outside the Dining Room Restaurant, formally the historic Butchart home.

 

 

 A “path” of tulips as we face the Japanese Gardens. Please don’t walk on this path! 🙂

 

 

No roses yet but the rose garden has plenty of colour in the Spring.

 

 

The Gazing Ball in the rose garden. I’m in there somewhere 🙂

 

 




 

 

Walking toward the concert lawn and totem poles we find this beautiful mixed garden.

 

 

Beautiful, especially on a fine Spring day.

 

 

Let’s take a closer look…

 

 

 

 

This is the tulip / daffodil hybrid that the people at Butchart were working on. I think it was a success 🙂

 

 

The bronze Dragon Fountain was a gift from the People’s Republic of China and the City of Suzhou. It has since been moved to a new display.

 

 

The Italian Garden is amazing in all seasons but Spring is my favourite. Here, they are dominated by tulips and hyacinths and are one of the most popular attractions at The Butchart Gardens.

 

 

The Italian Garden was built on the former tennis courts and opened in 1926. Here, we’re looking toward the Dining Room Restaurant on the left.

 

 

More views of the fountain and surrounding garden.

 

 

 

 

A short video from my Instagram.

 

 

A colourful reflection.

 

 

I love these pretty scenes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facing the Japanese Garden entrance. Let’s go there now…

 

 




 

 

Along the tulip “path” toward the Private Garden.

 

 

 Completed in 1906, the Japanese Garden was designed by Jennie Butchart and Isaburo Kishida. This is Torii gate.

 

 

One of the scenic bridges in the Japanese Garden. Can you see the Camellia petals in the waterfall?

 

A peaceful spot. Click to play.

 

 

Below the Japanese Garden is an easily accessible viewing platform looking out Butchart Cove toward Tod Inlet. This spot was once important for transportation of limestone from the quarry.

 

 

If you’re lucky, you may see a fawn. This was taken right beside the viewing platform.

 

 

After climbing through the Japanese Garden, the colourful view toward Butchart Cove.

 

 

Another view from adjacent to the Star Pond.

 

 

Also beside the Star Pond were numerous planters including this one with Daffodils in the sky.

 

 

Now let’s take a look at another main attraction of The Butchart Gardens, this is the Sunken Garden. Completed in 1921, the Sunken Garden sits in the old limestone quarry. With numerous annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs, it all comes together as a horticultural masterpiece.

 

I thought “Wow” with scenes like these.

 

 


 

 

The Garden Nymph Statue as seen from the upper path.

 

 

Spring brightness!

 

 

A bunny among the heathers in the Sunken Garden.

 

A very popular spot, overlooking the Sunken Garden.

 

The Ross Fountain at the far end of the Sunken Garden.

 

 

Two more photos from the gardens.


 

I hope you enjoyed this post. For more information, please check out the website for The Butchart Gardens. Their blog has updates for what is currently blooming but don’t expect scenes like these until April 2017. I’m really looking forward to my next visit to The Butchart Gardens… and for Spring too 🙂

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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