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A territory of several tens of acres is completely covered with fragrant gardens, and winding paths lead to different corners of this man-made miracle of landscape design and everywhere you can enjoy the view of beautiful flowers, elegant fountains, lovely lawns and gently murmuring streams.
Jenny Butchart's bold vision
The foundation of this splendor of natural colors was laid at the beginning of the 20th century, by a man named Robert Pim Butchart and his life partner Jenny. This wonderful married couple moved to the city of Victoria in connection with the business of Robert, who was engaged in the production of cement, and reserves of lime were found nearby, and soon his cement plant started working here.
The couple settled in Victoria, built a house for themselves, and when a few years later the limestone deposits were depleted, Jenny Butchart decided on a plan that was amazing in boldness: to set up a beautiful garden on the site of the former quarry.
Tons of fertile land were brought here, the bottom of the quarry was leveled, and soon the Sunken Garden grew here. The couple Butchart, returning from a trip around the world, with the help of a designer from Japan, Isaburo Kishida set up a new garden called the Japanese.
But the Butcharts didn’t stop there either, at first the Italian Garden appeared on the place where they used to play tennis, and in 1929 the wonderful Rose Garden appeared.
Helping his wife in arranging the garden, Robert Butchart brought birds from all over the world from his trips.
Thanks to this, various types of ducks appeared in the Starry Pond, peacocks began to walk on the front lawn, and parrots settled in the house.
Robert was busy with pigeons and hung a lot of birdhouses in the gardens.
The heirs of jenny and robert
Rumors of magnificent gardens soon went beyond the borders of Canada, up to 50 thousand and more people came every year to see the amazing gardens.
The couple nicknamed their creation "Benvenuto" ("Welcome" in Italian) to emphasize that they welcome all visitors to their gardens.
The case of the Butchart spouses was continued by their grandson Jan Ross and his wife Ann Lee Ros. They set up a cafe in the conservatory, which soon became a restaurant, and a souvenir shop where you could buy seeds.
Summer lighting was tripled in the gardens, so it became possible to enjoy their beauty at night.
In 1964, a new attraction appeared in the Butchart Gardens - the beautiful Ross Fountain, which all guests want to see.
The unique Rose Garden is a hallmark of the Butchart Gardens.
It spreads over an area of 22 hectares and grows over a hundred widows of tea roses, more than 50 types of floribunda roses and many other types of roses.
Members of the Butchart family sought to bring original sculptures from their travels around the world, which became new decorations for gardens.
Visitors especially remember the sculpture of three sturgeons standing in the fountain, a bronze figure of a boar, which is a copy of the statue located in the Uffizi Museum.
The boar was nicknamed Takka, in honor of the sculptor Pietro Takka, who sculpted the original marble boar sculpture, Piglet at Takka always shines, thanks to the tourists polishing it, it is believed that by rubbing the stigma of the boar you can attract good luck.
Butchart Gardens today
Butchart Gardens already celebrated their centenary (in 2004), which was marked by the installation of two dark pillars. The Canadian government has proclaimed Butchart Gardens a historic monument to the country.
The case of Robert and Jenny Butchart lives and prospers in the literal sense, at present Robin Lee Clark, the great-granddaughter of the founders of the garden, is engaged in the gardens.
A large staff of gardeners and designers looks after the garden, only approx. 50 people.
The gardens are in bloom from March to the end of October, and this is the best time to visit them.
By tradition, in July and August, fireworks are launched every evening.
That's how the love of flowers Jenny Butchart, supported by her husband, has become the work of several generations and the subject of pride of Canada.