Blog 261 Butchart Gardens May 2013

Current News – Still in Whitehorse preparing to head south.

We survived, I must say our first night of sleeping out with the bears and cougars was thankfully event free. I did have to put my ear plugs in as for the first half an hour I jumped at every little twig snap and wind-blown leaf.

First camp in Canada.

First camp in Canada.

Butchart gardens was on the ‘must see list’ of many brochures and verbal discussions about Vancouver Island, we were warned it was quite expensive though. Having now been round it we can honestly say the entrance fee is worth every cent.

The gardens cover more than 22 hectares (55 acres) and were the brain child of Jennie Butchart to cover the ugly scar left by her husbands worked-out limestone quarry when supplying their nearby Portland cement factory. The had travelled extensively and collected plants eventually creating the Sunken, Rose, Japanese, Italian and Mediterranean gardens. It is still run by the family and staff and gets around a million visitors each year.


The Sunken garden, all that remains of the history of this garden is the distant kiln stack and the limestone lake. The Ross fountain spurts water 70ft into the air.

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 All around hidden animals go about their business amongst the shady trees.

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We were not in rose season but the colourful display of plants was a delight to all the senses.

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Walking through the Torii we entered the Japanese garden.

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A gap in the hedge looked out over Tod inlet where we walked down to their private dock.

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From here we walked to the star pond and Italian garden.


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All around the fountains, totems and plants blended in perfect harmony.


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From one delight of the senses to another, we had a biking map of all the good roads in the area and we were going to make the most of the glorious sunshine.

Next up – Sooke


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