Last weekend we had to travel to Victoria ,BC on family business. On our way we had time to fill before we could check in at our hotel so we decided to walk through Butchart Gardens. I had an episode of sticker shock when I saw the admission price but we hadn’t been to the garden in twenty-five years. It’s a two-hour ferry trip from our home and not one we make often. We decided to enter the garden and I am so glad we did. It’s definitely worth it.
The entrance to the garden is all done up for fall. Ornamental kale pairs nicely with black mondo grass, and chrysanthemums have been added for a pop of colour.
We walked by a huge display of gourds and pumpkins. I must keep an eye out for those blue pumpkin seeds for next year.
As we walked to the top of the Sunken garden and looked down it reminded me of Queen Elizabeth park in Vancouver. Both gardens were rock quarries in the past and the terrain shows it. Butchart gardens was started in 1912 and displays some of the most magnificent trees and shrubs. It’s hard to believe this was someone’s private garden. Even though there are lots of stairs for able-bodied gardeners the garden is also wheelchair accessible.
The Ross fountain was built in 1964 and I want to call it the dancing fountain. The water patterns change as if dancing and are a delight to watch. I heard lots of comments about the size of the trees as I walked the gardens. Here on Vancouver Island are some of the tallest trees in Canada. Our mild climate and rainfall make this a perfect climate for them.
The Butchart family originally lived in this house. It is now a restaurant and high afternoon tea is popular here.
Near the house is the Italian garden. The sheer amount of annual bedding plants used in the gardens astounds me. There are fifty full-time gardeners on staff during the busy season but we didn’t see anyone while we were there. The gardens cover 55 acres but the whole property is 135 acres. If you visit, give yourself about three hours to enjoy the garden. There is so much to see.
The window boxes were stunning!
Since it was a weekend the garden was full of tourists.
The greenhouse was only open for photos from the outside. This looks so lush and tropical.
Blue was a popular colour throughout the garden with Salvia and Heliotrope planted everywhere.
The Dahlia garden had every hue and type of dahlia. Bees loved this area of the garden.
The shadier parts of the garden were covered in Cyclamen providing waves of colour. I like this plant for its mottled leaves. I must plant this in my shade garden. We were certainly inspired by the plantings in the garden and I hope to make some changes in my own. My favourite part of the Butchart garden was the Japanese garden but it needs a post of its own.