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Butchart Gardens

Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 1: The Sunken Garden and MUCH MORE! (+10 insets)

Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 1: The Sunken Garden and MUCH MORE! (+10 insets) 

(+10 insets) (bigger is better for lovely details!)

Trip Talk: Marvelous Butchart Gardens

When I began to figure out the itinerary of our trip to Vancouver Island, there was one place we were definitely going to visit: Butchart Gardens in Victoria. Listed as one of the top 10 gardens in the world, this 55-acre horticultural masterpiece simply cannot be missed--especially for a person like me who's crazy about macro and flower photography! When I visited their website, the beauty and opulence of the grounds had me so excited that I could barely wait!

Another reason we wanted to go was memorial in nature. Steve has often told me how much his mother loved Butchart Gardens. Although we could only take her there in our thoughts and hearts, we would dedicate the day to her. I wished I'd gotten to meet Steve's mom, but it felt nice to know we could go to a place that she loved so dearly.

We hoped to avoid a weekend visit but ended up going on a dreaded Saturday. And as predicted, it was totally swamped with thousands of people. However, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that everything about Butchart was set up for huge volumes of people. From their uniquely organized parking lot to masterfully designed paths winding through the gardens, this place handled the enormous crowds easily with plenty of room for everyone!

When we arrived, we were directed by a team of helpful attendants to our spot in the vast parking lot. Before walking to the entrance, we used a parking app that saves your location so you can find your way back to your car. We didn't need to bother. Butchart actually has every aisle of parking marked with an enormous brightly colored banner with an animal and a number to make it really easy to remember where your car is. We'd never seen this before and thought it was totally brilliant. (There's nothing like leaving a venue of some sort and realizing that you have absolutely ZERO idea where your car is in the literal acres of cars laughing at you…Steve has a story of wandering around a football stadium parking lot for HOURS before finally discovering where he'd parked the car.)

There is nothing about this park which isn't beautifully manicured, elegantly designed, or perfectly landscaped. Both of us were totally blown away from the second we entered the parking lot…and by the time we arrived at the ticket booth we realized that Butchart Gardens was going to be even more incredible than we'd imagined. It turned out to be a totally mind-blowing experience and I would end up taking over 1,000 pictures during our visit!

To be honest, I've been working on this folder for days and STILL I haven't taken a close look at most of the pictures! I recognize that I simply won't be able to process all of the "winners" that I captured that day. However, I'll have at least five presentations to share from our day at Butchart Gardens and hopefully you'll get a sense of this incredible place.

Today's Pictures

My main image is the classic, iconic display of Butchart's most dazzling gem and the heart from which this Eden sprang--The Sunken Garden. If you can believe it, this place was once a limestone quarry! Robert and Jennie Butchart built a cement plant here in 1904, but as the quarry was exhausted, Jennie envisioned a garden to take the quarry's place. Dirt was carried in by horse and wagon for literally YEARS in order to create this lovely place. As decades passed, more and more landscaping was lovingly nestled into the sprawling 55 acres. Eventually the entire estate was turned into different sections which include, among others, the wondrous Japanese, Italian, and Rose Gardens. It is a wonder, just standing there and looking down into that garden. But of course we did more than just look from afar. After all…I had my macro lens with me, heh.

Inset 1: Gorgeous Lantana blossoms opening up in lemon and magenta…how incredible these flowers are!

Inset 2: Be still my heart, it's Candy-Striped Gazania, *SQUEEEEE*!!!! Too beautiful for words!!

Inset 3: This periwinkle blue Clematis stretches elegantly up to the heavens. I'm crazy about vining flowers and some day I would like to have an assortment of these huge favorites of mine!

Inset 4: I noticed a large, unassuming succulent growing below a huge flowering bush and the flash of what looked like glowing tendrils immediately caught my eye. Upon a closer inspection I could see that these weren't tendrils at all, but a sort of fraying at the edge of the sturdy leaves. I love finding gems like this, it makes me feel like I won a prize! :D

Inset 5: Glowing leaves are magnetic to me and these enormous and colorful canna leaves always blow my mind when I see them. Absolutely breathtaking. I cannot resist taking picture upon picture of these amazing plants! (more pictures coming in other presentations!)

Inset 6: Everywhere you looked there were planters filled with collections of flowers paired with lovely foliage plants, and these rainbow coleus leaves were as pretty as the flowers they were accenting! I couldn't resist having some fun with them and I used a filter which intensified the colors and created a psychedelic glowing blacklight effect. (I have another version of this which shows the normal beauty of this plant but will have it in another presentation.)

Inset 7: This ridiculously colorful gold and wine-colored rudbeckia stood by itself in front a wall of short, orange marigolds and screamed for attention, which I gladly gave. After I'd taken pictures and moved on a bit, I heard Steve yell, "OMG Janet, did you see this flower?!! It's incredible!" I looked over and grinned happily, as Steve was now falling all over himself to take pictures of the floral diva! :)

Inset 8: After several hours stumbling in flower-filled ecstasy, Steve and I left the main part of the park and walked out to the parking lot to have our lunch. This grand display, just 100 feet from our parked truck, was the Mediterranean Garden, surrounded by a perfectly manicured lawn. How would you like to lay out a picnic blanket, spread out lunch and enjoy this sight as you nibbled goodies?! That's just what we did!

Inset 9: As we brought our lunch into the Mediterranean Garden, we found a bunny enjoying the grass and we were delighted to see it hopping around while we arranged our lunch. There were many bun-buns in the Butchart Gardens and they weren't scared of people so they didn't instantly disappear and we could enjoy their cuteness!

Inset 10: Throughout the park were many sculptures and tasteful artwork. I really liked this piece but its setting made the birds' pretty details hard to appreciate. So I challenged myself to see if I could create a pretty collage which made the sculpture stand out. I hope I succeeded!! :)

Pam, Pam, Pam…how you would love this place. There aren't words grand enough to describe how incredible and vast this garden is. Think about it: 55 acres, totally covered with ornate landscaping! I've got loads of pictures and they might give you a clue but you have to experience this place to understand it! Just as I thought about Steve's mom as we walked around this stupendous place, I also thought about you. *BIG HUGS*

Explored on 9/29/19; highest placement #1.

Real Szoc, RHH, Blume51, fifi and 55 other people have particularly liked this photo


57 comments - The latest ones
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Gorgeous garden.
8 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Lovely images and great information, Janet. These gardens certainly are all they're cracked up to be! It's already the 29th here, so I'll take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Birthday.
8 months ago.
 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
Absolutely perfect!
8 months ago.
 Kawasirius
Kawasirius club
Magnifique jardin aux couleurs exceptionnelles ***********************
Vos macros sont une pure merveille et la photo principale montre un environnement éblouissant ! Superbe reportage, Janet !
Je vous souhaite un bon dimanche !!!!!
8 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
HUGSSSSS
INSET 1... THE LANTANA... THAT VARIETY IS CALLED :HAM & EGGS" !!!
(I HAVE IT HERE !)

RE ARKING.. I HAVE TO SAY THE HUGE PARKING GARAGE FOR THE CONCERT HALL VENUE/BASKETBALL STADIUM IN OKC ID MARKED SS YOU HAVE SAID ... IT ID INCREDIBLE TO BE SBLE TO KNOW EXACTLY WHERE TO FIND YOU CAR IN THAT VAST SPACE

OHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYYY WHAT A PIECE OF PARADISE !!!!!

I WANT TO LIVE THERE !!! WHAT BREATHTAKING BEAUTY.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANET.. HAVE THE BEST OF DAYS.
GOODNESS YOU ARE JUST A YOUGSTER !!!!!
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
 TRIPOD MAN
TRIPOD MAN club
* * * * * !!!
8 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
quelle merveille ce jardin :!! Et une superbe série de fleurs

Très bon anniversaire Janet !! Je te souhaite plein de belles surprises
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
 Reyk
Reyk club
Ein bezauberndes Bild
8 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Magnifique cette explosion de couleurs ..Les Pips sont d'une beaute phenomenale.
8 months ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
If paradise exists, it must probably look like this!************************
8 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Magnifique jardin de quoi passer un bon moment !
8 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
WOW, what a nice and colourful garden. So well presented with your series oif lovely images Janet.
8 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful image, wonderful colours, excellent PiP's.
8 months ago.
 niraK68
niraK68 club
a wonderful garden
8 months ago.
 Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot
Magnifiques clichés de ce jardin !!
8 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
Breathtaking!
8 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Admiré Et apprécié au www.ipernity.com/group/214287
"Fleurs ma passion"
8 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Amazing garden series!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
8 months ago.
 Boro
Boro
Jolies !
8 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
What a paradise!! I am not surprised that you took so many photos. Where would one stop???
8 months ago.
 ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Ah...yes Janet, I see it. Well done !!! its very good.
Love the whole series. Hope you are having a good day.....wink wink lol
8 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
un monde de rêve et de couleurs !!
8 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Joyeux anniversaire. Superbe composition avec notes. Nicole. HFF.
8 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Wow..!! What a mind-blowing series..!! A riot of colour and fantastic flowery detail..!!

I don't normally like my gardens to be over-formal, but your main image is a delight. It would make a wonderful jig-saw!

I like all the images in the PiPs, but I have a few faves:

Inset 2, the Gazenias - what stunning flowers I love that fantastic burnt orange colour.
Inset 5, the Canna leaf - such amazing detail and beautifully composed.
Inset 6, the Coleus leaves - I really like the processing of these, the colours are fantastic!
Inset 7, the Rudbekia - which looks marvelous against the dark background.

Awesome work Janet..!!

Finally.............Happy Birthday (^_^) x
8 months ago.
Keith Burton club has replied to Janet Brien club
Ha, ha............I guess you're too late to cash in on that photo then..!!
8 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Apparemment cet endroit est comme un petit paradis sur terre ! belles images
8 months ago.
 cammino
cammino club
So beautiful! A colourful garden and autumn photo!
8 months ago.
 Ruesterstaude
Ruesterstaude club
O Janet was für eine Mühe hast du dir da gemacht, und dann noch an deinem Geburtstag! Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag und zum Ergebnis deiner Mühe! Wie hast du nur PiP 10 so toll hinbekommen, dass es echt aussieht, sogar mit Schatten? Ich staune.
8 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
what a wonderful view - and all my best wishes for you!!!!
8 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A beautiful garden in a wonderful setting
8 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
A beautiful garden and a masterful series of wonderful pips Janet,bet you had fun with the camera here.
8 months ago.
 trester88
trester88 club
Meine besten Wünsche zum Geburtstag, Janet!
Das ist ja ein Bilderbuchgarten mit einer atemberaubenden Farbpracht! Auch die PiPs sind vorzüglich. Meine Favorit ist #5!
8 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Gracias por la inversión de tiempo y trabajo que realizaste para ofrecernos este maravilloso puzzle fotográfico.
8 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh happy happy birthday Janet - you don't look old enough to be 55!!!

This is an amazing place and your photos are just stupendous. Your gardens look similar to the gardens near my home, which has divisions of garden, denoting different kinds of garden - Mediterranean, Japanese, Desert etc. It was fascinating. I just love your PIP's they are wonderful. I used to grow various coleus' plants - all different colours - they were wonderful. As for the final piece of sculpture - it's simply gorgeous. So delicate with the individual birds. I look forward to seeing more of your photos taken at this incredible place.
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Fabulous garden, superb shot and splendid PiPs. And of course, as ever, excellent notes!
8 months ago.
 Marek Ewjan Stachowski
Marek Ewjan Stachows…
very attractive place → very nice picture
best wishes Janet → Marek-Ewjan
8 months ago.
 Esther
Esther club
What a gorgeous garden. Your inserts are also quite wonderful. You have a photographer's eye.
8 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
What a beautiful place Janet. I love so many of the colourful PiP's!!
Have a great week.
8 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
The simply stunning pictures presented here give a fantastic impression of that gardens!
8 months ago.
 Helmer Lortz
Helmer Lortz club
Eine sehr schöne Serie!
8 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
That's a very beautiful series, Janet !
8 months ago.
 Valfal
Valfal club
Wow, what a slice of heaven this place is! It must have been amazing to see this place in person! <3
8 months ago.
 uwschu
uwschu club
eine sehr farbenfroh gestaltete Anlage, weiß gar nicht, wo man zuerst hinschauen soll.
8 months ago.
 FarbFormFreude
FarbFormFreude club
wonderful Janet, all of it -
but i have one complaint : the pictures in insets cannot be seen (and commented and favoured) by themselves, they are somehow hidden in the "insert-locker". That's a pity !
8 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A wonderful photograph and one that brings back memories.
8 months ago.
 Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion club
A stunningly beautiful garden. And, a stunningly beautiful photograph, Janet. Ace composition and great leading lines. An absolute fave for me.
8 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
what an amazing garden!!
8 months ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet

Hard to believe that it is real..

Superb colours

Best Wishes,
Peter
8 months ago.
 grobi358
grobi358 club
A little paradise!
7 months ago.
 Christa1004
Christa1004 club
It's just gorgeous, even more when you read that before it was a quarry: an incredible work had been done to have this stunning result.
7 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Wow what a Glorious Garden..ik zou er de hele dag kunnen blijven
7 months ago.
Fred Fouarge club has added
Sorry--de pips vergeten ook een WOW
7 months ago.
 Ruth
Ruth club
This garden is just stunning, the colours are amazing. Excellent capture Janet, it’s a truly beautiful scene.
7 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
Well as ever, you portray these gardens with your usual panache Janet. We actually visited Vancouver a few years back but never got to its Island here. You demonstrate that we missed a huge thing in this garden. As you so eloquently describe, these gardens look absolutely stunning with this sunken garden well framed by the conifer forested hills. Your insets complete the hidden details of beautiful flower and fauna closeups. All this as well as your heartfelt descriptions, what more can we ask for.

Another ⭐ from me. Congratulations.

Regards, Herb
7 months ago.
 Anto & Pier
Anto & Pier
Very nice scenery and photo.
Greetings from Italia, Anto & Pier
7 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
What an amazing and remarkable place. We must go there.
7 months ago.

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