Late last summer we took an Alaska cruise, sailing from Seattle to Alaska. Our final port of call was Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
We spent a lot of time in Victoria when I was a kid. A couple of ‘the aunts’ (my grandfather’s sisters) lived there so we’d go out for a visit most summers.
My dad died when I was 13, and for our final family vacation we drove west, visited Vancouver, then took the ferry over to Victoria. We visited Butchart Gardens on a beautiful July day.
I haven’t been to Vancouver Island since then (is it really 40 years?) and was really taken aback by how strong and vivid my memories were. I had more than one moment of overwhelming sadness, and at times I felt like I was walking with my dad, but then I saw the beauty that Mr and Mrs Butchart created in an abandoned quarry, and I couldn’t help but feel joy. I’m a gardener now, and I could see that a lot of my inspiration over the years has come from the Sunken Garden.
This Garden is forever imprinted in my memory. I hope you’ll enjoy a few of the photos in my gallery.
If you’re ever in Victoria or on Vancouver Island and have any interest at all in gardening, plan to spend some time at the Gardens.