From Quarry to World Class Garden

Butchart Gardens. Victoria, Canada

My family vacation this summer included a visit to Victoria, Canada, a short ferry ride from Seattle.  The Butchard Gardens was a stunning indulgence for plant lovers. The private gardens were started in 1904 by Jennie Butchard, and transformed the former quarry to living masterpiece that includes a sunken gardens, Japanese, Italian and rose gardens among other features.  The whole site attracts 2 million tourists annually and is supported by 50 full time gardeners, and hundreds of volunteers. My favorite was the lush and colorful sunken garden. Plantings combine shrubs, trees, perennials and annuals and rotate constantly.  I will definitely be back to see another season and be inspired again.

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6 Comments

  1. These gardens are gorgeous! I wonder what Jennie’s background was before she started them…?

  2. It’s surreal looking. At first I wondered if it was a rendering instead of an actual picture. How long is the ferry ride from Seattle?

  3. You can google Jennie Butchard – she seems to have started it as a hobbie. Now, several genrations have been involved.

  4. 2.5 hour ferry ride to Victoria, BC from Seattle. Victoria is really nice too, a big tourist destination. The kids did a pirate’s boat tour of the harbor.

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