Add Butchart Gardens to your bucket list

Love gardens? If so, the Butchart Gardens, on Vancouver Island, Canada need to be on your bucket list of gardens to visit.  They started in the early 1900s with a few sweet-pea seeds and a rose and a large hole in the ground dug by her limestone and clay digging husband and voila –  a series of gardens began to surround the family home. Japanese, sunken gardens were among the first: an Italian garden, a rose garden and some 500 flowering cherry trees.

The gardens are on display all year and whether you visit in the wonderful winter or the full flush of summer the garden will impress. It even is open in the evening when the garden takes on a magical appearance.

Right now (1st December – 6th January 2012) tens of thousands of coloured lights and music fill the garden with the sounds of the Christmas season, and ice skaters have a great time.

I went to this National Historic Site of Canada during an August so never saw the Christmas lights but every month is different: see more here

In May this year, HRH Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol, the youngest daughter of Thailand’s King, and her entourage made a private visit to The Butchart Gardens today for a tour of the gardens. The connection of The Gardens to Thailand, formerly known as Siam, extends back to September, 1931 when the King and Queen made a visit to The Gardens for a tour and luncheon.

Thanks to the Butchart Gardens for these Christmas photos.

The Thai Princess at Butchart Gardens