In my last Retro Travel Sunday post, our Alaskan cruise had left us in Ketchikan. Well, not "left us"...we were not stranded, despite our propensity to cut our boarding times really close. Our final stop on the cruise was in Victoria, British Columbia. Now, I have wanted to visit Victoria for a while...I really wish I could go to a Victoria Sampler retreat, but mostly, I just wanted to have tea at the Empress Hotel and visit Butchart Gardens. Unfortunately, our in-port time was so short, there was no way to do both. We decided that we didn't want to rush tea at the Empress, so we took a shore excursion to Butchart Gardens. That also was too short for my tastes, but at least we got to see the whole thing!
Our bus ride through town didn't allow us to see too much, but then, it looks like things were tough all over...
The first thing we learned when we got there was that it's not Butchart Gardens, it's THE Butchart Gardens.
The next thing we realized was that we were going to have to go very, very fast to make it through the whole Gardens in the time we had. Waaaaay faster than we wanted to.
The first major area you come to is an old quarry that Mrs. Butchart converted to a beautiful garden. So, the whole thing looks a bit "sunken".
I show you this next picture only so you can appreciate my picture taking skill. Because, most places you looked, this is the kind of view you'd see:
This is right around the area we saw the mamma otter and one of her babies dash by!
There were some gorgeous big redwoods. It made me want to go back to Sequoia National Park really badly!
There were several other sections of the Gardens; like one with "ancient" plants, and a formal section. But if I showed you pictures of all of them, this post would measure several yards! So I'll just skip to the next largest section of the Gardens--the Japanese garden.
There were lots of very neat, twisty trees there.
Finally, it was time to leave.
The gate in this giant hedge leads out to the old house...
|Gorgeous flowers at Butchart Gardens...sorry, THE Butchart Gardens, but sadly, no time for tea.|