Experience serenity at Butchart Gardens

by admin on November 20, 2013

In this fast-paced world that we live in, sometimes it’s nice to take a time-out and get away from all things urban. One such place where time comes to a standstill is a garden – which is why it makes for the perfect location to head to when you wish to unwind, breathe in some fresh air and get in touch with nature.

Some people may scoff at the idea of going out of their way to visit a garden, but those people have not visited the Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, BC. Started in the early 1900s by Jennie Butchart as a way to make her husband Robert’s depleted limestone quarry more attractive, the garden expanded over the years, eventually covering the estate and even replacing the tennis courts. Since then the Butchart’s grandchildren and great grandchildren have continued to care for the gardens and contribute to event planning.

The garden starts before the gates, with a winding tree-lined road, and the parking lots are surrounded by carefully shaped trees and shrubs. The gardens spread out in all directions from the old residence, which is now the Dining Room. There is a rose garden, with varieties big and small from around the world, and an Italian garden with rows of brightly colored flowers and lily-filled ponds. The Japanese garden lacks the vibrant colors of the other gardens, but makes up for it with winding walkways through tall bamboo, stone bridges over trickling streams, and a wonderful sense of calm in an often-crowded garden.

www.butchartgardens.com The Butchart Gardens  800 Benvenuto Avenue  Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8 Phone: 250-652-5256 Toll Free: 866-652-4422

Burtchart Gardens Website
The Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Avenue
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8
Phone: 250-652-5256
Toll Free: 866-652-4422

Perhaps the most magnificent of the plots is the original, the sunken garden. With vines growing up the sides of the one-time quarry, colorful flowers bursting out of every nook and cranny, and an island in the middle, these grounds are breathtaking from any perspective.

Call ahead and make a reservation for afternoon tea, and try to get a table on the wraparound porch, looking out over the gardens. Each person chooses a type of tea, with original blends and classic flavors available. Then comes a tiered platter of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, and pastries to accompany the tea. Be sure to come with an appetite — the sandwiches may be small, but they are filling!

Saturday nights in the summer feature concerts and spectacular fireworks shows — make sure to get there early! Winter visitors are treated to a festival of Christmas lights every day from December first onwards. Check the event calendar on their website for other shows or specials.

The gardens are located about 20 minutes outside of Victoria, and there are free shuttle buses that run from the ferry terminal in Sidney during the summer. The cost to get in is around $30 per adult during the summer, $15 for youth, 3$ for children, and free for kids under 5. The gardens are open and active year round, and the rates are cheaper from October through mid-June.

About the author: Abby Clark, an enthusiastic adventurer, loves visiting well-known as well as remote little corners around the world. Abby also writes blogs and guest blogs for Best Quote Travel Insurance—a company which offers Super Visa Insurance for travel.

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