Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I am encouraging you to discover the joy of flowers at the Butchart Gardens with me.
I know I try to do fashion on Fridays, but, honestly, this garden is beyond fashion with it’s beauty and joy.
There will be lots of fashion going forward toward fall…for now, let’s discover the joy of flowers.
I have so many pictures I took at Butchart Gardens and it took so much time to ponder the best way to take you on this joy journey with me.
All of the photos in this post are mine…we were there on a “perfect” day.
I am going to focus on flowers today…and on Sunday, I have much to say about the trees…
So, join me know as we discover the joy of flowers…..
DISCOVER THE JOY OF FLOWERS AT BUTCHART GARDENS – ENTRY
Flowers have always brought me joy and many smiles…but I have never seen flowers on the level of the ones I saw at Butchart Gardens.
The minute we stepped off the bus and began to get closer to the entryway, I was captivated with the hanging baskets.
Most contained several different flowers and they were large and vibrant.
As I discovered the joy of the flowers here, I did not stop smiling the entire time.
Of course, there are many people there at the same time…lots of cruise lines come this way.
For me, I was so mesmerized with the surroundings, that I never thought about the people there with me.
I only wanted as much time with the flowers as possible.
I paid close attention to many different plants because we are finally beginning to work on our own landscaping.
While I know the heat prevents growing flowers like these, I want to give it my best shot.
Mr. B was also taking pictures for the same reason.
Both of us were inspired by the gardens, but will need to do more research to accomplish some of the designs we liked best.
These gardens are really a love story. Each area gifted from either Jennie Butchart to her husband, Robert, or the other way around.
Jennie began the gardens right at 100 years ago, because their quarry business was so bleak. She desired color after they moved to Vancouver Island.
Throughout the years, the gardens have been renovated and passed down through the family. You can read the history here.
She did weave some of their history into the gardens, and I would like to do that with my own backyard.
After just visiting the gardens, I know that Jennie is a woman I would’ve loved to sit down to tea with….she certainly appreciated beauty.
DISCOVER THE JOY OF FLOWERS AT BUTCHART GARDENS – THE FLOWERS
As we progressed on the path, with each turn I smiled and sometimes laughed out loud.
So much beauty from each bed of flowers and so many different types.
It was hard for me to pick seven pictures to put on this graphic.
We met several of the staff moving throughout the gardens and caring for the flowers with love.
You can see their talent throughout with designing groups of flowers and plants to harmonize one another.
Even the succulents were stunning!
But, my very favorite place is next…..
DISCOVER THE JOY OF FLOWERS AT BUTCHART GARDENS: THE ROSE GARDEN
You may be laughing at me by now, but, honestly, the ROSE GARDEN, took my breath away.
The aroma gently wafted through the air before we got there, but once there, it was a lush combination of every color and size of rose you can imagine.
It seems all of the different red ones were named after entertainment stars or red carpet moments.
I have never seen this many blooms happening at once.
Each bush seemed to contain not only large blooms, but large buds waiting their turn.
The memory of the rose garden will always be with me. I would’ve spent more time there if it had been possible.
Butchart Gardens includes, not only the Rose Garden, but also a sunken garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, Mediterranean Garden, plants, and trees!
DISCOVER THE JOY OF FLOWERS AT BUTCHART GARDENS: SPECIAL FEATURES
There are many things to see and do at the gardens…such as a lovely carousel.
Of course, they have more than one restaurant.
We did not have time to eat there (our tour kept us on schedule), but we did have delicious gelato at the Gelateria in the Italian Garden area.
There are fountains, sculptures, an impressive totem pole, and a fun gift shop.
Many people were purchasing seeds to take home to their own gardens.
So, you say….I cannot go visit the world’s top gardens right now!
We can all discover the joy of flowers by adding them to our homes.
I love to have them in the house…and now want to see even more.
May the joy of flowers bring you smiles today…and help you to always…..
By Pamela Lutrell
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