Butchart Gardens -Vancouver Island. The Butchart Gardens are spread over 55 acres and employ over fifty full time gardeners. Twenty six greenhouses, ensure that 300,000 bulbs for spring and 900 different varieties of ornamental plants are ready for summer.
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Yellow Rose - Butchart Gardens . Following the Japanese Garden, the Sunken Garden, and the Italian Garden, the Butcharts added a Rose Garden in 1929, replacing their kitchen vegetable garden with roses. The variety and colours are a pleasure to behold.
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Other ornamental flowers in the garden also include: delphiniums, hydrangeas, pansies, lilies, rhododendrons, begonias, tulips, pansies, forget-me-nots, and of course, roses. Over 900 different plant types are grown in their summer gardens alone.
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The garden project began with the creation of a Japanese Garden on the Butchart estate commissioned by the Butchar's from the Japanese Garden designer, Isabaro Kishira of Yokohama, who constructed a number of Japanese tea gardens on Vancouver Island between 1907 and 1912.
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Maples and beech trees, moss covered rocks, trickling streams with ornamental bridges, neat gravelled paths, and a zen garden are among the aesthetic elements that make the Japanese garden so beautiful. It is particularly lovely in the Autumn.
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Dahlias of the Sunken Garden -The Sunken Garden took nine years to create and includes the mound, a rock outcropping, the Ross Fountain installed in 1965, and 151 beds of ornamental flowers and shrubs. 65,000 flower bulbs are planted each Autumn for the following Spring.
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