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The Butchart Gardens Victoria - the beautiful Japanese Garden

The Japanese garden at the Butchart Gardens Victoria is a favourite of all our guests. Its paths meander through tranquil settings with colours and textures changing year-round.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Butchart Gardens Victoria    The Japanese Garden
                                                   Both: Courtesy of The Butchart Gardens Ltd., Victoria, BC, Canada

The Japanese Gardens history

The Japanese Garden was the first garden to be created. On the slope north of Benvenuto down to Butchart Cove on Tod Inlet a somewhat North American version of a Japanese Garden was begun in 1906 near where Robert Butchart moored his yacht. The gardens entrance, as now, was under a red lacquered torii gate. Its design was a collaboration between Jennie Butchart and IsaburoKishid

Butchart Gardens - Japanese Garden photo      Japanese maples
Both: Courtesy of The Butchart Gardens Ltd., Victoria, BC, Canada


The Butchart Gardens Japanese Garden today

A flowing stream and series of ponds have bridges and fountains with surrounding lanterns, many imported from Japan by the Butcharts. As well as native trees there are Japanese maples, beech trees and many other inported trees and shrubs. A particular delight is to walk through the illuminated gardens on summer evenings.

Cranes,  Japanese carp pond    Stone steps in the Japanese Gardens    Bridge at the Butchart Gardens
Photos from our bed and breakfast guests

Ensure you stroll right down to the cove via the bridges and ornamental features and enjoy the stream passing through the shaded mossy west side. 

Chinese lantern, Victoria BC      Moss and stream - the Butchart Garden   

As well as the Japanese Garden there is the the dramatic Sunken Garden which alone will occupy you for a long time so plan to stay for a few hours to visit all the gardens which jointly comprise the Butchart Gardens.

The Butchart Gardens Japanese Garden

 
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