April 07, 2014

Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island - Canada.



Utterly stunning! 

Not much more I can say except it reminds me of a 19th century poem by Thomas Edward Brown I learned many years ago at school:

A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!   
  Rose plot,   
  Fringed pool,   
Fern'd grot—   
  The veriest school            
  Of peace; and yet the fool   
Contends that God is not—   
Not God! in gardens! when the eve is cool?   
  Nay, but I have a sign;   
  'Tis very sure God walks in mine.

Also from You Tube:
Located just north of Victoria on Vancouver Island, this garden is no less than 22ha (55 acres). It started out as a limestone quarry but was turned into a garden as the quarry was abandoned.  

See also the official website here.

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