Friday, March 6, 2009

BUTCHART GARDENS (in early Spring)

The Capital City of British Columbia is Victoria, which is situated on Vancouver Island separated from the mainland by the Straits of Georgia. I live about 1hr and 40mins drive from Victoria. It is a beautiful city with a very old British flare to it. One of it's most beautiful attributes are the famous Butchart Gardens, which beauty is enjoyed year round by travellers from all over the World. I try and visit at least once a year. It changes so much from month to month. The pictures below were taken in early Spring. I am hoping to go back again in late Spring and take more pictures. It will look very different then. Hope you enjoy looking, and if you have not already, then I hope you get a chance at some point in time to visit this beautiful place. Link to Butchart Gardens. Please click on images - you will almost feel you are there!
The Sunken Gardens
>Lake and fountains. I believe at Christmas time, the gardens are magical and beautifully illuminated, all through the gardens as well as these fountains. Hopefully there will be something about it on their web site.
Towards the exit of the Japanese gardens, (no pictures unfortunately), one encounters an unexpected look-out point, a hole carved out of the cedar trees, exposing this awesome view. ..............and stepping through a clearing there is an even better viewpoint of this little harbour.
The Italian Garden
Through the window of the glass room
and on the way back home, are awesome views of the coastal mountains on the mainland. As this is a high road along a mountain pass called the Malahat Drive, there are several look-out points where one can stop and take in the magnificent scenery.


Carolyn said...

Hi Pauline,
I really wanted to go there when my Mom and I went to visit my siter in Vancouver but somehow we didn't make it.
It looks so beautiful there -you must really enjoy your visits there.
Thanks for sharing!

flowrgirl1 said...

Wow, that is really beautiful! I love the steps going up the side of the hill. Thanks for sharing those gorgeous photos.

Wendy & Dom said...

Pauline, I have not been there for over 30 years! I can't believe it! Thanks for posting these. We really have to go one of these days!

Roses at Wedgwood House and Gardens said...

Thank you so much for your nice comments. I am going to be away for a few days, but will get back to all three of you when I return.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hello Pauline,
What a wonderful array of photos you have shared of the Gardens! My son used to live near Victoria and then transfered to Vancouver. We never got to visit him while he lived there but we have been to Vancouver. Your roses are absolutely exquisite! What a heavenly scent you must enjoy on your property. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. It is very nice to 'meet' you. Enjoy the first day of Spring and your weekend.


Anonymous said...

Pauline, Knowledge network's 'Recreating Eden' is about Butchart gardens next Tuesday march 31. I love that program. Jill here, gads I keep mucking up my sign in.

Roses at Wedgwood House and Gardens said...

Thanks again Sandi, much appreciated.
........Jill thank you so much for the heads-up on this program. I will keep an eye out for it. It will be well worth watching I am sure!

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hey very cool images,this place is awesome!!!

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