Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Canadian Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens, located near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on Vancouver Island, contains 55 acres of simply gorgeous floral gardens.

In 1907, garden designer, Isaburo Kishida, came to Victoria to build a tea garden for Esquimalt Gorge Park.  A prominent citizen of the area, Jennie Butchart, saw the garden and commissioned Kishida to create Japanese gardens for her estate.  In 1909, the sunken garden was created, followed by a rose garden and Italian garden. 




Ownership of the gardens remains within the Butchart family, but they are open to the public. The gardens are open every day from 9AM to 4 PM, except for Christmas, where the gardens open at 1:00 PM.  Admission prices range from $3.00 for children, to $29.00 for adults, depending on the season you visit.

10 comments:

  1. It's almost a hundred years old. Impressive.

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    1. It's a beautiful place. It's so nice to see it kept up even after all these years.

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  2. I've been there! It's a beautiful place. The sunken garden is huge.

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  3. Ray and I were there last summer - WOW and double WOW. I loved this place and would go back in a heartbeat. All of Victoria is gorgeous too - so worth heading to Canada

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    1. It's a definite must-see if you're in the area.

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  4. Hi Sherry - I've been there ... and really must go again to fully appreciate - should I get back to Vancouver Island ...

    Love gardens in full swing - and I hadn't realised the history .. cheers Hilary

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    1. It's a place I'd definitely go back to.

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  5. At last, like most of the other commenters, I have been there too! They are fabulous....
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    1. They certainly are. If you love gardens, it's a place that you should definitely visit.

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