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.