I’ve been to many gardens and aboretums in search of flowers for my watercolor paintings. Most have one or two areas in bloom given the season but other areas have already bloomed or will bloom soon. None have compared to The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. There are 55 acres of stunning gardens including a formal Japanese garden, an intricate Italian garden and an amazing rose garden. Everything was in bloom and well tended with an eye for striking combinations.
I was told to visit the gardens at night as well. On summer evenings, the entire garden is lit up highlighting various plants and blooms making it an enchanted place. Live music plays at night and a wonderful jazz guitar trio was playing the evening I stopped by.
The garden provides a flower and plant guide showing photos, names, type, blooming season, growing conditions and flower colors. It was incredibly helpful given the 700 varieties they have!
This was a magical place at night and absolutely gorgeous during the day. It will take me weeks to go through the almost 1800 photos I took! So stay tuned in the months ahead to see new work!