Robert Pim Butchart, a pioneer in the thriving North American cement industry, was attracted to Canada’s West Coast (from Owen Sound, Ontario) by rich limestone deposits. In 1904, he developed a quarry and built a cement plant at Tod Inlet (on Vancouver Island) to satisfy cement demand from San Francisco to Victoria, British Columbia. Jennie Butchart became the company’s chemist. Close to the quarry, the Butcharts established the family home complete with sweet peas and rose bushes. As Mr. Butchart exhausted limestone deposits, his enterprising wife Jennie, made plans to create something of beauty in the gigantic exhausted pit. From farmland nearby, she had tons of top soil brought in by horse and cart and used it to line the floor of the abandoned quarry. Little by little, the quarry blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden. Standing at the lookout above Butchart's flagship garden, you are treated to a spectacular view of beds of annuals, flowering trees, and unique shrubs. http://www.butchartgardens.com.