1001 Places to remember - Introducing Butchart Gardens to the next generation

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If you're a fan of flowers and visiting Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) then you definitely must go visit Butchart Gardens, especially in the summer when all the gardens are in full bloom. If you're a flower fanatic, it would be worth a trip to Victoria from Vancouver! I remember visiting Butchart Gardens in the summers, as a child (too young to appreciate nature but I remember the rose garden was impressive) and walking until my legs felt like they were going to fall off. So, my brothers and I decided we should subject our children to the wonders of walking vast distances. OOPS, I mean showing our children the wonder and beauty of plants and flowers. The only 'problem' was that I took my family back home during early spring (still kind of cold, sunny but chilly) there weren't that many gardens in full bloom but there were enough in bloom or about to bloom to keep things interesting. Plus it was nice not having crowds of people all over the place and made it easy to keep track of everyone (for those goofy family photos). It was especially nice to let the younger kiddos wander on their own and still being able to keep an eye on them.





A lot of the buildings still look the same as when I used to visit, decades ago, and all the "iconic" statues that I remember were still there. The park is actually bigger than what I remember, I thought it would seem smaller since I've grown and my strides are much longer, but no, we still walked until my legs felt like falling off. Then again, it could be old age or the weight of my backpack full of camera gear. I'm pretty sure there are more garden display and fountain areas than before because due to time constraints, we didn't even get to walk through them all and we had absolutely no recollection of some areas within the park. We even found an indoor carousel that wasn't there when I was a kid, not fair, lol. There are benches and rock ledges spread sparsely around this dog friendly park but I didn't notice that many so if you need a break and see a rest area, take it.




Although there weren't as many flowers to marvel at, we still had a blast reminiscing and recreating past photos. During one of our 'messing around, reminiscing' sessions at one of the statues, we were told by some fellow park goers (yearly members) that Butchart Garden's is even more beautiful and fun in the winter, when there's snow! Anyways, we had to cut the messing around to a minimum as we still had a lot to see in the park and other sites in Victoria, like the Craigdarroch Castle (which I wrote about in this post). We only had the long weekend to spend in Victoria as everyone else had to be back to work.

If you get hungry there's a tea house and restaurant, sadly I've never been inside either one, maybe next time. Maybe next time I'll get better images of the gardens because I won't be too busy messing around and taking pictures of us messing around (it was a consensus that I'm not allowed to post those photos, lol). There is also a huge gift shop where they sell all the usual gift shop type stuff but what was amazing was the huge variety of seeds you can buy to plant in your own garden. I'm not sure if they sell seeds for all the plants and flowers you can find in the park, but it looked possible, from the sheer number of different seed packets I saw.





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It sounds like the perfect place to tale the family and make memories you will treasure... and sounds like your kids will too- a lot of fun!

I loved the photos you got- I'm a sucker for different plants and combinations- and by the sounds of it I'd have probably bankrupted myself buying g seeds in the shop. Did you get any?

Gosh that fish fountain is rather lovely too! Wonderful post- congrats on the curie. E x

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Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words and support. Unfortunately for me, I don't think I can clear customs with seeds so I didn't get any. I did try to get some for my parent's garden but they couldn't decide or rather didn't think I'd be able to get the right ones so they declined, haha.

As a graduate botanist, plants are my thing, particularly flowers. My SIWES was spent in a garden where I learnt all there was to know about these beauties of nature.
I have never been to British Columbia but I sure want to from your pictures. They are so beautiful and the sculptures add charm and character to the place. Children would definitely love it. But chart gardens is definitely a place to remember.

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I love Buchart! I also love that it is dog friendly. ☺️ Beautiful photos of a beautiful place!

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Thanks for the kind words and support. Yeah, Butchart is awesome, I'm glad I got to take my kids there, 1 out of 3 places we went a lot when I was a kid (the other two being Sandown Park and Undersea Garden but they're gone now, so sad.

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This is bringing back lots of memories for me. I have two sisters living in Victoria so I visit often but usually in the winter to get away from our cold Saskatchewan winters. I'm also an avid gardener so on occasion of a summer visit we took in the Butchart Gardens! I totally loved it but I'm afraid I won't be making to frequent of visits for the entrance fees had really gone up. Thanks for sharing and taking me down memory lane!

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I really like traveling to places when other people are not there. There is an art to having fun even when you don't have to fight the crowds to see every blossom, but it always seems to come with its own blessings.

This seems full of fantastic landscaping, sculptures and other features! Cool that you can pass on these memories to the next generation.

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Thanks for kind words and support! Yes, I prefer the less crowded places too 😄

You've just posted the very things I love.
Flowers are my best. The red colour with white or blue company is good for a gift.

I think I like them because I love nature.
I often like to see a whole green coverage abroad,and with water at some place. Any water, even if it is a fountain.

But chart is looking nice over there with all those qualities I like.

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