Posted by: cherylyoung | November 15, 2012

Butchart Gardens, one of if not the most popular toursit destinations in British Columbia ..Part 1

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.

The public area of The Butchart Gardens covers 22ha (55 acres) with much more, for the most part, “off stage.”

Twenty-six greenhouses covering almost 2 acres, along with trial growing areas, a plant and a tree and shrub nursery help to keep The Gardens in prime viewing condition.

As with the rest of the world, we too have seasons.

We have the peak growing season of summer, the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, and the low growing season of winter.

In 1888, near his birthplace, Owen Sound, Ontario, the former dry goods merchant, Robert Pim Butchart, began manufacturing Portland cement.

By the turn of the century he had become a highly successful pioneer in this burgeoning North American industry.

Attracted to the West Coast of Canada by rich limestone deposits vital for cement production, he built a factory at Tod Inlet, on Vancouver Island.

There, in 1904, he and his family established their home.

As Mr. Butchart exhausted the limestone in the quarry near their house, his enterprising wife, Jennie, conceived an unprecedented plan for refurbishing the bleak pit.

From farmland nearby she requisitioned tons of top soil, had it brought to Tod Inlet by horse and cart, and used it to line the floor of the abandoned quarry.

Little by little, under Jennie Butchart’s  supervision, the abandoned quarry blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden.

Part 2 will follow, I hope you are enjoying this holiday of Butchart Gardens,  My cousin Lynda and I sure did, we will show you pictures from our boat tour of the Gardens and the historic Todd Inlet.

Not to mention our Carousel Ride on the beautifully carved and painted animals from around the world



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