Even if you are not a gardener at heart, your soul cannot fail to be uplifted in the midst of all the beauty and serenity one find’s in strolling through a public garden, exclaiming over species of plants you have only read about or seen in books . And then, suddenly, turning a corner of the path you recognize a flower reminiscent of a special occasion ( an anniversary) or a place ( your grandmother’s flower patch). Your wanderings have become both a trip down memory lane and an exotic adventure. Eventually, your senses overwhelmed, you sit on the thoughtfully provided bench and stare in wonder at the beautiful world surrounding you, every breath laden with nature’s perfume. But …
No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. ~Hugh Johnson
How true! Here are some vastly different gardens. And do not be disappointed if, on the day you visit while on your travels, the gardens are not the same as in the photo. Seasons change foliage, cold or dry weather can spoil a bloom. But a visit to one of these might still be the highlight of your vacation.
Butchart Gardens (Landscape)
The Butchart Gardens are a National Historic Site near Victoria, B.C. Started as a private Japanese garden by an affluent family, over the years since its inception, they have added a Sunken Garden, an Italianate Garden, and a Rose Garden, and recently a Children’s Pavilion. It is a famous example of a “landscaped” garden of which there are many you may visit around the world, such as the Monte Palace Gardens in Funchal. Butchart Gardens are stunning no matter the season. Plan a visit if cruising out of, or to, British Columbia on an Alaska adventure.