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Butchart Gardens

butchart gardens, victoria
This world-renowned garden was conceived in the imagination of Jenny Butchart, wife of a wealthy quarry owner, who moved to the region in 1904. By 1921, the iconic Sunken Garden was completed in a once abandoned limestone quarry. Today, Butchart Gardens has developed into a 22 ha (55-acres) of stunning floral displays. Numerous themed gardens are featured throughout the grounds including the Italian garden, rose garden and Japanese garden.

In addition to flowers there is plenty to see at this accredited National Historic Site of Canada! Impressive statues and fountains are situated throughout, and in 2004, two 9.1 metre (30-foot) totem poles were installed to mark their 100th anniversary. More recently the gardens have added the Rose Carousel with 30 hand-carved animals including bears, horses, ostriches, and zebras. An eco-friendly electric-operated boat tour exploring the history and wildlife of the local Brentwood Bay waters has been introduced. In June 2015, a magnificent bronze and granite Dragon Fountain was unveiled, a gift from the People’s Republic of China & the City of Suzhou.

In all seasons, and in all weather, the gardens shine.