Great North American park the Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island near Victoria British Columbia in Canada every year attracts over a million visitors. It belongs to the best known and most visited park in the world.
The history of the park is connected with the family of Robert Pim Butchart, a prominent businessman, engaged in the production of cement at the beginning of the last century and owned limestone quarry. When the limestone mine ran out, the family was engaged in settling in the landscape of the old generation to create gardens.
The park was created over several decades. The first was created by Japanese garden. It was designed for the famous Japanese architect Butchart Isaburo Kishida of Yokohama in 1912. In 1921 it was completed laying of the Sunken Garden.
1926 saw the advent of the Italian garden.
Great Rose Garden became operational in 1929. In 1939, the gardens have been transferred into the possession of his grandson, granddaughter 2001 Butchart. Today, the park has become a great project that has worldwide popularity, and is still the property of Butchart.
A feature of the park is its location on the site of production of natural limestone, where all the main gardens were built on an artificial soil had been brought.
Different in style gardens operate year-round. They feature so that any of their area was attractive and aesthetically pleasing in each season.
More than a thousand species of plants are planted annually in the park; their flowering takes place from March to November. During the year, the park replaced several waves of color; official site of the park one of his presentations, shows exactly the seasons in the gardens.
Japanese Garden Butchart, the very first landscape project, broken and decorated according to the canons of style. This brooding area with ponds, rocks, bridges and paths among Japanese maple trees, ferns, and other representatives of the Japanese flora.
Mediterranean and Italian gardens – a real jewel of the park. They are divided over a large area and consists of many kinds of southern plants, which is another unique achievement owners and employees of the park.
All these heat-loving plants rather than just keep in temperate Canadian climate. But, despite all the difficulties, these gardens do not look less luxurious than at home.
Rosary Garden Butchart also charming. A large collection of species of roses claim to one of the best in the world. About 120 kinds of tea roses, 65 kinds of roses floribunda (spray roses with buds collected in the group), 400 species of grandiflora roses (hybrid tea types with views floribunda).
Each flower has a special plate with the description. The variety of roses, as well as multicolor shakes, cold-resistant species bloom before most winter cold.
Garden looks mysterious and magical in the evening when the lights are lit. In 1953, the garden was laid underground electrical wiring to an evening visit to the park was as much fun as the day.
On the territory of the gardens are several reservoirs in the lower reservoir runs a unique, ever-changing fountain, designed in 1964.
In December 2009 we opened Children’s Pavilion and Pink Carousel. .Karusel A figure of thirty animals.
All the pieces were made by hand from linden on special sketches. On the carousel can ride even the disabled, since it has a specially designed seat.
The garden is decorated with bronze statues. One of them shows a wild boar, and is a copy of a bronze statue in 1620, which is cast by Pietro Tacca. Muzzle boar shines at the touch of the hands of many visitors.
Another – a statue of the donkey and the colt, created Sirio Tofanari.
Next to the Japanese garden is a fountain-statue called “Three sturgeon”, also Tofanari, and next to the rosary is a fountain-sculpture “Frog.”
Along the garden runs a small passenger vessel. It gives visitors the opportunity to admire and even aquatic plants and animals.
The only surviving part of the old cement plant – a historical chimney preserved in the park. It worked until 1950, when instead of a cement plant, closed in 1916, operated a workshop for the production of ceramic pots and tiles.
Fantastic atmosphere fills the park during the Christmas and New Year. Festive illuminations, plenty of performances, shops with gifts and souvenirs delight thousands of visitors, especially children.
Another spectacular action gardens are fireworks. During the year, 50 fireworks displays, each of which is unique.
If ever you happen to be in this country, be sure to visit Butchart Gardens, there is no doubt that their splendor will remain forever in the memory.