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Butchart Gardens BC, Canada in the Fall by AnnDixon

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Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island, BC,CANADA
A road to the most beautiful gardens I know of,
Taken with FUJI S20 pro,

Location of Butchart Gardens in British Columbia
The Ross FountainRobert Pim Butchart (1856–1943) began manufacturing Portland cement in 1888 near his birthplace of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. He and his wife Jennie Butchart (1866–1950) came to the west coast of Canada because of rich limestone deposits necessary for cement production.

In 1904, they established their home near his quarry on Tod Inlet at the base of the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island.

In 1906, Jennie created the Japanese garden there with the help of designer Isaburo Kishida. In 1909, when the quarry was exhausted, Jennie set about turning it into the Sunken Garden, which was completed in 1921. They named their home “Benvenuto” (“welcome” in Italian), and began to receive visitors to their gardens. In 1926, they replaced their tennis courts with an Italian garden and in 1929 they replaced their kitchen vegetable garden with a large rose garden to the design of Butler Sturtevant of Seattle.

In 1939, the Butcharts gave the Gardens to their grandson Ian Ross (1918–1997) on his 21st birthday. Ross was involved in the operation and promotion of the gardens until his death 58 years later.

In 1953, miles of underground wiring was laid to provide night illumination, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Gardens. In 1964, the ever-changing Ross Fountain was installed in the lower reservoir to celebrate the 60th anniversary. In 1994, the Canadian Heraldic Authority granted a coat of arms to the Butchart Gardens. In 2004, two 30-foot totem poles were installed to mark the 100th anniversary, and The Gardens was designated as a national historic site.

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Comments

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnover 4 years ago

    postcard perfection; wish I were there!Thanks so much for all the info too, greatly appreciated :o) wishing you laughter

  • Thank you so very much, its a beautiful place for sure, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 4 years ago

    what an incredible garden captured at its peak of colourful perfection! brilliant work
    :))

  • Thank you so very much, its a beautiful place for sure, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 4 years ago

    So beautiful! What a lovely place to visit!

  • Thank you so very much, its a beautiful place for sure, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 4 years ago

    What a tremendous display of flowers. Really Great!!!!, Bill

  • Thank you so very much, its a beautiful place for sure, this picture is just a small part of the gardens, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Oh, Ann, this is outstanding! So reminiscent of the beautiful Japanese gardens you often see pictures of. It would be wonderful to be on those pathways amid all that color!

  • Thank you so very much, its a beautiful place for sure, this picture is just a small part of the gardens, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • hjaynefoster
    hjaynefosterover 4 years ago

    I remember this one. It’s such a classic shot.The colours are so vibrant…

  • Thank you so very much Jayne, its a beautiful place for sure, this picture is just a small part of the gardens, hugs Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture!

    Debra

  • Thank you so very much, its a beautiful place for sure, this picture is just a small part of the gardens, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 4 years ago

  • Thank you !!!

    – AnnDixon

  • Lyn  Thomsen
    Lyn Thomsenover 4 years ago

    A beautiful image Ann, and a remarkable story, this must be an amazing place to visit.

  • Thank you so very much, its a beautiful place for sure, this picture is just a small part of the gardens, Ann

    – AnnDixon

  • sigfusson
    sigfussonover 4 years ago

    This is such a great shot of these gardens Ann. I see it was also the shot that WS used to celebrate your 3 million views on their site! Congrats on that! Cheers, S.

  • Thank you so very much Sandra, its a beautiful place for sure, hugs Ann

    – AnnDixon

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