A visit to Butchart Gardens.

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Our journey across Canada by train via the Rockies ended in Vancouver where we has a few days to explore or just relax. Vancouver was what I call a ‘walk able city’. No need for expensive taxis. once you have figured out the grid system it was easy. Gastown , Chinatown and Stanley Park were all within walking distance of our hotel in downtown.

One of the highlights of our stay was a trip across to Vancouver Island to visit Butchart Gardens.

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These gardens were started in 1904 by Mrs Jennie Butchart the wife of a cement manufacturer. When her husband moved to the area to quarry limestone Jennie decided to to design a new garden on their property. When the limestone ran out Mrs Butchart decided to continue her project by landscaping the quarry and transforming it into a sunken garden.

As the gardens became more popular they were filled with thousands of plants from around the world.

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Today, the gardens are quite formal, with the Italian Garden and the Rose Garden.

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We visited in the month of September and a lot of the blooms were past their best. Unless you were a ‘dahlia enthusiast’

Here are a few of my images.

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It was very peaceful despite the crowds and a ‘must place ’to visit if you are ever in  Vancouver.

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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