Butchart Gardens – Over a Century of Splendor

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Source: Butchart Gardens

One of the world’s premier show gardens, Butchart Gardens, has delighted garden aficionados with its majesty for over one hundred years.  Robert Butchart was attracted to Tod Inlet by the plentiful supply of limestone deposits there which were essential for building his cement production factory.  Starting only with sweet pea seeds and a rose bush, Jennie Butchart initiated  her garden in 1904 at their Vancouver Island home known as ‘Benvenuto’, Italian for ‘Welcome’.  She, along with her husband, Robert, most likely never envisioned that their garden would grow into 55 breath taking acres on their 130 acre estate and attract almost a million visitors each year from around the world.

My friend, Annetta Kilgore, recently visited Butchart Gardens, and I made her promise to share some of her photography.  Undoubtedly, she visited at the peak of spring.  What a glorious display of flowering trees, shrubs, perennials and seasonal plantings!  Each year 300,000 tulip bulbs are planted in the gardens.  Her spectacular pictures are sure to brighten your day, and awaken your senses to God’s majestic creation.

 

Enjoy the stunning floral color palette as you walk through these historic gardens with Annetta’s gorgeous images.

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Located on the Saanich Peninsula of Vancouver Island, just north of Victoria, Butchart Gardens was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004, and is still family owned.

 

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As Robert Butchart exhausted the quarry’s lime deposits, Jennie Butchart had tons of top soil brought in by horse and cart to fill the floor of the abandoned quarry.  Little by little, the quarry was transformed into the Sunken Garden, one of the most popular spot in the gardens.

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 What a vision Jennie Butchart had to transform the barren limestone quarry on the estate into a virtual Garden of Eden!

 

Pictured below are a few more stunning images of Butchart Gardens (source:  Butchart Gardens)

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A special thanks to Annetta Kilgore for introducing me to the majesty of Butchart Gardens.  Whether you are a nature lover, a seasoned gardener, a botanist, or just a tourist, you will not want to miss this wondrous garden.  I’m definitely putting it on my “bucket list”!

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“A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll (Horticulturist)

 

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6 thoughts on “Butchart Gardens – Over a Century of Splendor

  1. Butchart Gardens has long been one of my favorites! I’ve had the good fortune to visit several times and plan to return on a trip in 2015. I love the story behind this beautiful garden as much as the joy of wandering through the beautiful spaces. Thanks for sharing this post. Happy gardening!
    PS
    Love the quote!!!!

  2. We visited the Gardens several years ago on a return trip to the Pacific Northwest where we lived at one time. This was over Labor Day and the gardens were still beautiful. Having a very moderate temperature year round makes the gardens and southern part of the island including the City of Victoria a wonderful place to visit. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia although it has to be reached by ferry or small plane. Along with the flowers the historic architecture is beautiful. The ferry rides whether from Vancouver or Washington state are also a great part of the trip.

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