Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island
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The Butchart Gardens (pronounced Boo-shar) were created in the early 1900s by Jennie Butchart. She wanted to create something beautiful, in particular, to replace the worked-out limestone quarry which had supplied her husband Robert Pim Butchart’s nearby Portland cement plant. This became the Sunken garden you see in the header photo. The gardens are exquisitely cared for by a massive staff. There isn’t a spent flower or dry leaf anywhere. What makes the gardens so incredibly beautiful, is the size and number of flower displays. In the picture (above), notice the small, itty bitty people at the bottom corners of the picture. Then you get an idea of scale. The Italian gardens use to be a concrete tennis court (concrete, what else when you have unlimited amounts). Now the area is a gorgeous display, as if you were in a piazza, including a gelato stand. The Japanese garden was more than Zen and we found ourselves relaxing and breathing deeply just by being there. OK, the steep hills and stairs had something to do with the breathing deeply part. We enjoyed all of it, and remember, we only used a point and shoot camera. I point, Colin shoots (with such great results). The only photos I took were the panoramas.
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Butchart Gardens, North of Victoria