A spectacular garden visit to The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia! A garden that is full of beauty, landscape thoughtfulness, and lively with vibrant colors. I hope you are still finding joy in your garden as fall arrives.
Today, I have such a great treat for you! This will be a virtual garden tour that is so breathtaking. While I had to withdraw from the visit for personal reasons, when I saw the photos and videos my Mom and brother shared with me, I had to show you the beauty they experienced.
This was a floral wonderland! I couldn’t wait to share their amazing experience with all of you.
A. A BLOOMING OASIS ON THIS GARDEN VISIT
The Butchart Garden is an internationally renowned garden that is located in Victoria, British Columbia. The best part is that it is a short drive from the beautiful downtown by the water. Plenty of hotels to stay and easy to get to by Ferry from Washington.
Victoria is just such a dreamy place and this garden is an extension of the experience. It is a place where nature and harmony come together and leave you in awe.
My mother and brother could not stop describing each corner and how enchanting the garden was.
B. BOTANICAL GARDEN IDEAS
So many ideas I took from going over the photos and videos!
I will share some of my favorites with you to inspire you and maybe bring some hints into your own garden.
1. Floral Extravaganza
First, can we talk about the colors of this garden?!
The beds are a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes. It is so vibrant, but at the same time it has the most delicate feel. Something about this garden captivated them. My family’s photos showcase the incredible diversity in blooms.
I am in AWE!
2. Flawless Landscaping
This is not a place about flowers only, it is full of hardscape sensitivity that draws you in. It is so well planned with interested on every corner, focal points that draw you in and thoughtful on how you experience every area.
It is not a theme-driven garden, it goes into details that brings the look together; beautiful pathways, architectural features that feels like you are part of a story.
I am always so amazed by the creativity of humankind and how we can balance nature and architecture so well. It is so serene.
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3. Tranquil Waters
One of the many things I loved about this garden visit is when they showed me, and talked about it, was the water feature. One of the definite highlights my family couldn’t stop raving about. Made me want to upgrade my pond! But then, I came back to earth. I love my pond and the fish are happy, no need to change a thing.
Ponds and waterfalls are such a perfect spot to stop and take a moment to reflect.
4. Dazzling Dahlias
Of course, I was so drawn to the images of the dahlias. One of the highlights for me and the stars of the tour. The dahlias are truly spectacular.
My family captured a few images of these beauties to inspire you and maybe add some more dahlias to your own garden after seeing them.
C. GARDEN DESIGN TIPS!
This garden visit has brought forward many things we should consider when planning our garden. Here is a chart to help you navigate the different things that will impact your garden in a significant way.
|Space Management||Make the most of the space you have by planning first.||Use Vertical Gardening; consider compact plant variations and implement raised bed as focal areas.|
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|Sunlight and shade||You can find beautiful plants to grow in sun and shade.||Study the sun pattern in your garden; select the right plants based on light and use shade structure if needed.|
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|Soil Quality||Promote plant growth and nutrient absorption||Amend the soil before you start planting by adding compost and organic matter.||TAP HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DAHLIA SOIL AND FERTILIZING NEEDS!|
|Plant Selection||Choose the right plant for the right location and climate (zone).||Look at what plants you need for health or beauty.||TAP HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PLANTS TO GROW FOR HEALTH BENEFITS!|
|Watering||Conserve water by choosing the right plants for your zone.||Group plants with similar needs.||TAP HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HELPING DAHLIAS BLOOM MORE!|
|Maintenance||Minimize the amount of work by deciding how many hours a week you want to work in the garden.||Convert your backyard into a garden to meet your needs by incorporating your specific needs.||TAP HERE TO LEARN HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND TIME IN THE GARDEN!|
|Aesthetic Appeal||Create beauty in the right spots of your garden.||Plan for color, texture and seasonal interest. Incorporate garden decor.||TAP HERE TO LEARN ABOUT COLOR IN THE GARDEN!|
|Wildlife | Pollinators||Research for plants that attract pollinators and bring wildlife that will help with pests in an organic way.||Plant pollinator-friendly plants. Create a beautiful habitat that will also help with organic garden pest control.||TAP HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ORGANIC PEST CONTROL!|
D. DOWNTOWN DELIGHT
During the visit, my family stayed in downtown Victoria, right across the ferry station. It was such a convenient location for them to explore the city.
They shared strolls, and tea time and had the most amazing weather to enjoy the view from their balcony.
E. PLANNING YOU OWN VISIT
Seeing the photos and videos from their visit has certainly fueled my desire to visit Butchart Gardens next year. I hope this post gets you excited to visit or even plan a visit to your local garden to get inspired.
Remember that gardening is not just about tending to your backyard spaces; it’s also a place to be inspired by gardens around the world.
The Butchart Gardens is a testament to what can be achieved when you have passion, creativity, and a love of nature.
I can’t wait to see this wonderland in person, and my hope is that you plan a visit to a spot that inspires you.
Have you visited Butchart Gardens before? Or which garden is on your list?
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