Sunken Garden (Butchart Gardens) (Saanich, British Columbia, Canada)

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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.

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Laura Ruth on August 17, 2011

Buts_YV, many thanks for your visit today. :-) Greetings to Dnepropetrovsk from Laura in Los Angeles.

Adem Dogan on April 26, 2013

Hola friend Laura. An very class Landscape Picture. Lovely Colours. Like With my Best Wishes to Los Angeles

Gabor Retei on June 18, 2013

Hello Laura, now I know the date of your Victoria trip, we missed each other, I was on another continent.

I remember these steps, what a fabulous view from the top.


Greetings from Port Moody, Gabe

罗布泊 on July 18, 2013

Hello Laura Beautiful beautiful gallery! Most sincere greetings from Chinese Xinjiang!

Laura Ruth on July 19, 2013

adem, gabe, and 罗布泊 - thanks for stopping by! :-) Greetings to Germany and Turkey, Port Moody, and Xinjiang from Laura in Los Angeles.

HUBERT CHO on September 27, 2013

Bardzo ciekawa kompozycja , piękne zdjecie ,pozdrawiam

Laura Ruth on September 28, 2013

Wielgus 35, thanks for letting me share my Canada vacation with you. Greetings to Poland from Laura in Los Angeles.

HUBERT CHO on September 28, 2013

Dziękuję Laura ,pozdrawiam

Kamalakar Anthati on November 1, 2014

Beautiful,Excellent Capture,
Greetings From India,Kamalakar

Laura Ruth on November 19, 2014

Wielgus and Kamalakar, thanks for letting me share my trip to Vancouver Island with you. Greetings to Poland and India from Laura in Los Angeles.

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