Butchart’s Gardens is a National Historic Site of Canada. We had no plans of coming here on this trip but our hike tour was cancelled last minute. It’s a beautiful garden, the most beautiful we’ve ever seen.
The garden was created out of a limestone quarry. In 1904 Robert Pim and Jennie Butchart’s established a home near a quarry on Tod Inlet at the base of Saanich Penisula on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The lime quarry was exhausted by 1909. In 1921, the Sunken Garden was completed. Butchart’s home was renamed Benvenuto (“welcome” in Italian) and starting allowing visitors.
Garden designer Isaburo Kishida of Yokohama was commissioned to work on Jennie’s gardens. He came to Victoria at the request of his grandson to build a tea garden for Esquimalt George Park. This park was popular and the place to be at the time.
In summer, firework shows are performed.
The rose garden was once their kitchen veggie garden.
Ownership remains in the Butchart family. Robin Lee-Clarke is their great-granddaughter and also managing director of the gardens.
The coolest part about the garden is the fact that it’s surrounded by the woods. We didn’t hear any traffic like we usually do when we’re at a garden back home. And the air smelled clean.
Turned out to be a nice back up plan since our tour got cancelled.