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    • Immediately upon arriving to Victoria, BC I asked our host about her “must-visit places” on the island. Butchart Gardens was number one place and she said that it full of small gardens and exotic flowers. I brought my DSLR camera and was ready to photograph it all!

      So we headed out for a 20 minute drive from the downtown Victoria to the Butchart Gardens.

      The history behind this place is truly fascinating as it started as a limestone quarry transformed over 100 years by Jennie Butchart into beautiful gardens. You can read more about it here.

    • The admission to The Butchart Gardens is $33.80, but well worth the price. Easy parking with plenty of open spots, extremely well maintained gardens and very friendly staff. We didn’t do the tour and instead grabbed a map (provided) and took photos of everything starting with an entrance sign.

    • Our first stop was a small garden with hanging flowers next to the “Dining Room”.

    • These hanging spheres of flowers were illuminated by the light bouncing off the floor.

    • In the center of the Sunken Gardens is an overlook worth climbing the stairs. The 360 degree view of the garden is spectacular.

    • The overlook (handrails) is to the right of the tree in this photo. See if you can spot it 😉.

    • The loop around the Sunken Garden is filled with flowers and beautiful trees. 

    • On the way to the Ross Fountain there is small pond covered with leafy plants. It looked like it came straight from Jurassic Park.

    • Next to the totem poles was a beautiful view of the fountain, which also serves as a fireworks viewing area in the summer months.