August 24, 2015
Today we visited the ultra-famous Butchart Gardens! To get there, we parked the car on a one hour and a half long ferry ride that carried us between islands to get to the island of Victoria. Then, we drove to Butchart Gardens! It is….just simply a must see.
The common square
Flowers flaunted theirselves all around us in the prettiest color combinations of red, white, purple, yellow, turquoise, and more! We strolled through the calming Japanese Garden, the bright and colorful Italian Garden, the graceful Rose Garden, and finally the Sunken Garden (my favorite)! I walked through a beautiful forest of towering, sky high trees, turned the corner, and came to a breathtaking view of the garden.
The Sunken Garden was originally formed out of an abandoned limestone quarry. Mrs. Butchart began planting flower beds and trees in the early 1900s, and today it is a gorgeous blend of plants, all perfectly balanced. If you go there, you will see a vine-covered mound rising up in the middle of the garden. That was a lower quality of limestone that was never quarried. But today, it is a defining mark of the Sunken Garden, as are two trees of life that flourish on both sides of the limestone mound.
It was a beautiful day, with equal amounts of sun and cloud. But eventually, my sister and I…ahem…felt in need of refreshments. In the Italian Garden, was, appropriately, a gelato store. So…long story short, both of us got two double scoop ice cream cones x) They were delicious, by the way.
All in all, it was such a pleasant trip and I loved it!
That Girl Over There~