Butchart Gardens of Vancouver Island Proofsheet

A Photo Gallery By Dennis Kraft

Butchart Gardens is located in Brentwood Bay, near the capital city of Victoria on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The gardens receive over a million visitors a year and has been a National Historic site since 2004. The garden project began with the creation of a Japanese Garden on the Butchart and later, the famed Sunken garden, an Italian garden and rose garden were added as well as other attractions. The beauty of the Butchart garden is renowned and much loved.

Leaf Light in the Foliage - Butchart Gardens
Leaf Light in the Foliage - Butchart Gardens
Italian Garden - Butchart Gardens
Italian Garden - Butchart Gardens
Three Sturgeon Fountain - Butchart Gardens
Three Sturgeon Fountain - Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens -Vancouver Island
Butchart Gardens -Vancouver Island
Yellow Rose - Butchart Gardens
Yellow Rose - Butchart Gardens
Star Gazer Lilies - Butchart Gardens
Star Gazer Lilies - Butchart Gardens
Ornamental Flowers - Butchart Gardens 08
Ornamental Flowers - Butchart Gardens 08
The Japanese Garden - Butchart Gardens 02
The Japanese Garden - Butchart Gardens 02
The Japanese Garden - Butchart Gardens 03
The Japanese Garden - Butchart Gardens 03
Sunken Garden - Butchart Garden
Sunken Garden - Butchart Garden
Dahlias of the Sunken Garden -Butchart Gardens
Dahlias of the Sunken Garden -Butchart Gardens
Trees Above the Sunken Garden - Butchart Gardens
Trees Above the Sunken Garden - Butchart Gardens


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Caption List:

Photo 1. Leaf Light in the Foliage - Natural sunlight shines through the foliage of a deciduous tree making it appear to glow in warmth and light.

Photo 2. Italian Garden - In 1926 Jennie Butchart and her husband Richard, added the This is an image of the Italian Garden where the family tennis courts had been. In 1929 they replaced their kitchen vegetable garden with the large rose garden.

Photo 3. Three Sturgeon Fountain - Butchart Gardens. A fountain statue of Three Sturgeon was created by the Italian artist, Sirio Tofonari and lies near the Japanese Garden.

Photo 4. 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.

Photo 5. 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.

Photo 6. Star gazer lilies are among the ornamental flowers in the garden that include: chrysanthemums, daffodils, dahlias, magnolias, azaleas, fuchsia, and peonies. Over 900 different plant types are grown in their summer gardens alone.

Photo 7. 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.

Photo 8. 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.

Photo 9. 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.

Photo 10. The Sunken Garden, set in the spent limestone quarry, includes a monolithic rock outcropping known as the mound, the Ross Fountain in the sunken garden reservoir, and of course, rows of ornamental flowers and well trimmed lawns.

Photo 11. 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.

Photo 12. Both coniferous and deciduous trees line a path that leads along the rim of the Sunken Garden. The Buchart Gardens are composed of 55 acres of landscape.