One of the most popular tourist destination in spring (and whatever season) in Vancouver is the Butchart Gardens, a vast area of floral displays that will surely captivate every nature lover. It is also one of Canada’s National Historic site. Walk here and there, look that way and this was and you’ll be sure to see nothing but beauty!
The Gardens started out as a quarry…Husband and wife Robert and Jennie Butchart were cement manufacturers and because of rich limestones in a certain area in western Canada, they settled there and had their home built near Tod Inlet at the base of the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. When the quarry was exhausted, Jennie have it built into a garden which took more years to finish. It was named the Sunken Garden for the area’s caved in appearance as a result of quarrying activities.
Through the years, a lot more installations and garden sets, displays were added. A number of garden designers and landscapers lent a hand to what is now the Butchart gardens. Above photo shows stairs leading down to the Sunken Garden and a Torii or Japanese gate. There are many works of Japanese designers; there’s a donkey and foal near the Butchart’s residence and a fountain statue of three sturgeon near the Japanese garden both by Sirio Tofanari.
Isaburo Kishida, considered as British Columbia’s pioneer Japanese landscape designer, was commissioned by Jennie for a Japanese garden in their estate back in the 1900’s.
Robert was also known for collecting birds. The Star Pond has to this day ducks in them, there are peacocks in the lawn and it was said that Robert had trained pigeons abound in the area too. For which flying animal and insect wouldn’t be happy in such a garden laden with beautiful flowers, luscious greenery and abundant water?
There are probably a thousand type of flowers in the garden and for landscape photographers and macrophotography enthusiasts, the place is surely: heaven!
Above photo: stairs going down to the Sunken garden and the Ross fountain which was installed in 1964 to commemorate the Garden’s 60th year, which when calculated brings us to 1904 as its founding year. To this day, the Butchart Gardens is 108-years-old, is owned by Robin Clarke, great grand daughter of Jennie Butchart and receives a million visitors a year.
sigrid @ dreamworldtraveler says
this is another dream destination for me, sis. one of the pictures in my header was actually taken from the butchart gardens 😀 i love gardens!
Adin Blankenship says
Oh my! The place is so beautiful. I could stay there for hours and hours and hours. I love the place. 🙂 Thank you for sharing it with us.
journey of a dreamer says
just looking at your pictures makes me smile. Vancouver is a city with lots to offer. i wish i can visit it someday.
What a beautiful garden. I will tell my cousins who just recently migrated in vancouver to visit that place
Just wow! The sunken garden is like paradise. How I wish I could witness this beauty for real but even in photos it’s already stunningly beautiful.
amazing! i would love to see this in person. i bet this garden smells so good. it looks paradise to me 🙂
oh man what lovely pictures! Sure you having fun in that garden!
Mel Cole says
wow, what a romantic place! i wish to have a honeymoon there 😀 i enjoyed your pictures…
That garden is really beautiful. A great work of art! Good thing it was handed down to their next generation to preserve it.
Breathtaking! I wanna go there. We are not that far, I think we are about 4 to 5 hours away from Vancouver 🙂
Hope I can visit that place and see it in personal. It is so lovely!
Teresa Martinez says
This place really looks beautiful! Who will even think that it started as a quarry?
Magaling talaga ang taong to.. Mentor ko to pagdating sa photography.
very nice place and lovely garden! How I wish I can visit this beautiful garden someday.
Jessica Cassidy says
What a beautiful garden to explore and enjoy the beauty of nature too. I never been to Vancouver but only in Ontario 🙂
wow! so beautiful! u captured all the beauty of that garden. thanks for sharing all your photos!
dorry lyn says
wow heaven!!! wish i could visit this place someday..
sir rob says
Indeed a fascinating place to relax and what a lovely snapshots you have there.