Saturday, March 21, 2015

Butchart Gardens

I just realized that I've had this blog for at least seven years and I haven't yet posted about Butchart Gardens, arguably the most famous sight in Victoria.

That could be because as residents here we consider it to be a tourist attraction and too expensive to visit ourselves.  But several of our friends have a seasons pass, which costs only a little more than two regular admissions and it allows you to visit as many times as you want for a year. What a deal!

We went there in December to see the lovely Christmas light show and now that we're back in town we're planning to go often. Today being the first day of spring seemed an auspicious time to visit. A bonus is that you can bring your dog on a leash so we took Geordie along.

Here are a few of the sights we saw.  Blossoming trees and mossy bears among the cedars...

Plantings in the sunken garden (with the fountain as a backdrop)...

 Mossy tree trunks and elegant buildings and cheeky fountains...

some of the most beautiful Camelias I've seen....

Scenes in the Japanese garden...

The famous bronze boar with the shiny nose from all the visitors hands...

And of course lovely spring bulbs (crocus, tulips, daisies, hyacinths and daffodils)

And finally a peek inside one of the greenhouses

I'm planning to go back at least once a month with my camera so I'll keep you up to date.


  1. I have been there and it is one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen.
    You are so lucky to be able to go back several times now.
    Thank You so much for bringing back some wonderful memories.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. It is such a beautiful place. My parents visited there once several years ago.

  3. hey, Joanna. Maybe I'll get a pass and we can go together??


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