I definitely didn’t get the ‘green thumb’ gene from my parents but I do know a good flower when I see it & Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada had some pretty nice looking flowers.
When I told people I was going to Victoria in Canada, everyone who had been, told me I should not miss going to Butchart Gardens. Apparently it is THE MUST SEE place to go. So I went. I took a tour which also included the Butterfly Gardens, which was nice but hard to get photos of the butterflies. Then you get the bus just down the road to the Gardens themselves.
Once you get to Butchart Gardens and go through the entrance, you’re given a map – you follow this map around to get the most out of the experience. You walk past the waterwheel and giant chess set, then through this forest like area where they have animals lurking.
You come to an area that you have to walk through an archway but you have no idea what is on the other side. Once you do see what it is, you audibly gasp… The Sunken Garden!
It’s pretty rare I will be lost for words but I was when the sight of the Sunken Garden was before me. And I wasn’t the only one. Everyone seemed to stand in awe for a few minutes before gathering themselves to explore the gardens more.
A little history about the Sunken Garden – the area use to be a limestone quarry used by the original owners of the area in their cement business. Once the limestone was depleted the owner’s wife decided, with incredible foresight, that she wanted the area to look nice so set about creating the gardens that we see today. She certainly knew what she was doing.
The Sunken Gardens have loads of different plant life, a couple of lakes and at the opposite end of the entrance is the Ross Fountain, which had a water display on rotation.
Once you’ve had your fill of exploring the Sunken Gardens, you head up towards the area that holds the carousel, totem poles and refreshments.
From there you make your way to the Rose Garden, although sadly not a lot in bloom the day I went, it was still a lovely area.
Then you go past the impressive Sturgeon Fountain and into the walled Japanese Gardens.
The final part of the gardens is the rather incredible Star Garden, which is very hard to get into one photo, and the Italian Gardens.
Then there are the flowers… lots and lots of gorgeous flowers. I wanted to take a few photos of the flowers for my mum because she loves them but I ended up with a lot more than I intended because they were just stunning.
I really enjoyed my day at Butchart Gardens, which actually surprised me. It is definitely one of those places you absolutely MUST visit if you’re in the area.
There are loads of areas to explore that would keep you entertained for hours. I probably could have spent longer there, but all up I would have been there for a good 2-2.5 hours – mainly because I wanted to get a certain bus back into Victoria.
Have you been to Butchart Gardens?
What did you think?