The Rose Garden and the Italian Garden - at the Butchart Gardens, Victoria
The Rose Garden and the Italian Garden are two of the principal themed gardens at the Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC.
The Rose Garden
A walking tour of the 55 acres typically passes the house "Benvenuto", enters the stunning Sunken Garden, views the Ross Fountain, the Rose Carousel and Children's Pavilion, skirts the concert lawn, goes through the Rose Garden, meanders through the Japanese Garden, and then returns to the house via the Star Pond and the Italian Garden.
The Rose Garden was planted in 1929 on the site of the Butchart family's original vegetable garden. It now displays 6,600 rose plants around an oval lawn, around a mirror ball and surrounding visitors along a path (see below left).
The first three photos above are courtesy of The Butchart Gardens Ltd., Victoria, BC, Canada
The Italian Garden
After a game of tennis, Robert Butchart and a guest discussed a new idea which resulted in the Butchart family's tennis court being replaced in 1926 by a new garden, the Italian Garden. Its design was commissioned from Samuel MacLure, a highly regarded and influential Victoria architect. It was set adjacent to a new wing of the house which contained a bowling alley.
The middle photo is courtesy of The Butchart Gardens Ltd., Victoria, BC, Canada
The Star Pond
Most visitors leave the Japanese Garden and ascend to the Star Pond before walking through one of two gates into the Italian Garden. This twelve pointed star pond was originally a duck pond.
The Butchart Gardens Victoria BC - Rose Garden and Italian Garden page