PARK IN CANADA
Butchart Gardens (British Columbia) Canada – At the beginning of the twentieth century, cement Robert Butchart pioneer established his business and family near rich limestone deposits at Tod Inlet on Vancouver Island. Not long after, Butchart’s wife, Jennie, conceived and executed a bold plan for a sunken garden in the exhausted quarry near their house.
As the garden took shape, Robert began collecting ornamental birds, and built elaborate birdhouses throughout the garden. By 1908 the Butcharts had created a Japanese Garden on the seaside of their home. Later an Italian Garden and Rose Garden were added to the grounds.
Today his descendants still manage the four, all-season, main garden areas with their spectacular views and exquisite designs, which continue to draw more than a million visitors a year. The mild temperatures mean that there is nearly always something in flower, starting with spring tulips-100,000 bulbs in all- rhododendrons, azaleas, and Siberian wallflowers Aquilegias, delphiniums, and Himalayan blue poppies (Meconopsis betonicifolia) share the spotlight with tuberous begonias and sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) in summer.
“The mild temperatures mean that there is nearly always something in flower…”