Butchart Gardens

On a recent trip to Victoria, British Columbia, I made certain to include a visit to The Butchart Gardens. This magnificent garden is a “must see” if you are ever on Vancouver Island. Here’s their website description:

“The Butchart Gardens is one of the world’s premier floral show gardens. Jennie Butchart began to shape this magnificent landscape in 1904. She established, in the style of the grand estates of the period, several distinct gardens to evoke a range of aesthetic experiences. An abandoned limestone quarry was transformed into the dramatic Sunken Garden, a reflection of the early 20th-century beautification movement and an exceptional achievement in Canadian gardening history. Through successive generations of the Butchart family, The Gardens has retained much of its original design, and continues the Victorian tradition of seasonally changing the outstanding floral displays.”

I have been to the gardens several times, and it looks quite different depending on the time of year that you visit. Here are a few of the views and fabulous flowers I saw this time.

Italian garden

yellow flower

orange begonia

pink and white begonia


yellow orange begonia

view of quarry area

tiny orange flowers

view of Butchart cove

yellow flowers

viewing mound in quarry

pink dahlia

water lilies

There is a fireworks presentation every Saturday evening during the summer months which is choreographed to music and worth taking in.

20 thoughts on “Butchart Gardens

  1. Ahhhh, Butchart: heaven on earth! So glad you got to spend some quality time there. It’s such a joy, and fun even to visit vicariously through your beautiful photos.


    1. Thanks. With a garden like that it’s almost impossible to take bad photos!


  2. Your photos really capture the beauty of nature,these gardens are fantastic!


    1. Thanks for the compliment. There is so much to see that I couldn’t capture it all!


      1. Maybe next time 😉


  3. Oh my gosh! The flowers are gorgeous and your photography is amazing!


  4. Oh my gosh! These flowers are gorgeous…your photography is amazing!


  5. Wow the vibrancy of those flowers is amazing! Isn’t nature fabulous?!! : )


    1. Can’t get enough of it! I know some people get bored with my flower pictures, but what’s with that?


    1. Thank you. I had good material to work with.


  6. The Butchart Gardens are a photographer’s dream and I can see you agree:) I love that place and haven’t been there in years.. it’s time I went again!


    1. It’s a little different every time you go, especially because of the changes in season. I’ve been there more often than many of my relatives who live in Victoria!


  7. Art and Picture Framing July 7, 2012 — 1:53 PM

    I love the photos with the distant perspective of the gardens. So Lush!
    Wow, Terri you have had the best travel experiences so close to home.


  8. I love the details of the flowers – what a great place to celebrate colour in all it’s vibrancy…


    1. I think the variety is a bit better later in the season, but only because the weather has been cooler than usual. But I’m a trooper and made the best of it!


  9. If you had posted 2,000 pictures of this garden I’d have looked at them all! Such beautiful photography!


    1. Thanks. I ran into some technical issues (full memory card) while I was there. The new one was in the car by mistake! Good thing we were on a tight schedule and had to get back into the city.


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