Location: 800 Benvenuto Avenue
Brentwood Bay (14 miles north of Victoria)
British Columbia, Canada
Submitted by: Dorothy Dowell
Butchart Gardens was first developed by Jennie Butchart in an abandoned limestone quarry in 1906 and is now one of the world's premier floral show gardens, containing 55 acres of gardens on a 135-acre property. Mr. Butchart originally bought the property to use the limestone for a cement plant which he built, and when the limestone was exhausted Mrs. Butchart made plans to create something of beauty in the gigantic exhausted pit. The gardens are in a sheltered valley with some protection from prevailing winds, resulting in a Mediterranean-like climate with warm, dry summers and wet, cool winters. There is a sunken garden in the former quarry, a large circular rose garden, a Japanese garden, an Italian garden, and a Mediterranean garden, plus a small conservatory with tropical plants. The gardens are open year-round, and events include fireworks displays and concerts in the gardens.
Traveler's Note: Transportation to Butchart Gardens is available from Vancouver via bus and ferry.Click here for a slideshow of this Inspirational Garden
or scroll down to take a virtual stroll through it!