Elsewhere on my blog, I’ve published a longer, in-depth piece about my visit to what must be one of the prettiest places in all of Canada. I even called my visit to Butchart Gardens one of my top all-time travel experiences. This is a beautiful, serene spot, and luckily, it’s relatively accessible for Americans and Canadians. All-star gardens have long been the purview of Western Europe, but those who don’t have a thousand dollars to spend on a plane ticket to Versailles or Kew Gardens can book a ticket to Vancouver Island, located in British Columbia, instead. Nearby Victoria similarly offers the charm of a small European city, and the ferry ride from Seattle or Vancouver to the island is a sightseeing adventure in of itself.
I took dozens of photos of the Gardens, and was only able to use a few for my post. Here, I share many more photographs I took of the Gardens…let the wanderlust commence!
The incredibly lovely Japanese Garden
Can you just imagine how long it takes landscapers to design and maintain this property? The work must be never-ending!
The Totem Pole, one of the more popular stops at the Gardens, pays homage to native northwestern culture.
A hidden lake view turned out to be one of my favorite spots in Butchart Gardens.
The mist and fog added to the ambiance of the Gardens – blue sky is overrated.
As if to make this afternoon even more magical, the Gardens were decorated in preparation of the Christmas season.
I particularly liked the massive star-shaped topiary, and while I’m personally not a fan of the blue lights, the sheer skill of gardening and landscaping is incredible. This part of the Garden is aptly named the Star Pond. I don’t even want to know how much work it takes to maintain this. It’s a talent I don’t have, that’s for sure.
Learn more about Butchart Gardens by checking out the official Gardens map. I know, it’s gigantic! I personally cannot wait to visit the Gardens during the spring or summer. As I wrote in my last piece, I visited during the fall and enjoyed the Gardens in their autumnal glory all to myself.