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

  1. 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.


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


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