Butchart Gardens of Victoria BC
When we were racing in Victoria, our Saturday dragon boat races were very early (first race of the day!), so we made tentative plans to see the Butchart Gardens in the afternoon. Well, the races ended up running 2 hours late (due to a boat capsizing and possible other issues), which they made up partially by skipping their hour lunch break (those poor race officials and volunteers). The day was very very hot and very very sunny (not a cloud in the sky), so by the time we finished our second race, we were debating on finding a cold pool to dunk ourselves in, or walk through the sunny gardens of Butchart.
So, I went to the hotel room, took a cool shower, drank lots of ice cold water, and after much debate I convinced myself that the gardens would be worth the “half hour” express bus ride and the $31.
After falling asleep on the double decker, non-AC, sunny busride, I woke up refreshed for the gardens. Still skeptical of spending my entire afternoon looking at flowers, I was smacked upside the head and proven wrong when I entered the Sunken Garden. An impressive view when it suddenly comes in site (bravo to the designers for that), the flowers are also amazing. There were so many varieties that I had never seen before, and the color arrangements were very good. Simple (my style), but complimentary.
At the end of the tour, we laid out in the shade on the cool grass (where it was allowed) until it was time to catch the busride back. And, it was a fancy AC coach bus, score!
Me at the gardens
The Sunken Garden
Me and Babar
Anniemaniacs totem pole
Amazing trees in the Japanese garden
Random sights of the garden