The Butchart Chronicles : June 30, 2015

“The Disneyland of Gardens”

Topiary at The Gardens
If you're a gardener, this will be your Happiest Place on Earth. But perhaps "Disneyland" doesn't do justice to this gem: it's more like the Versailles of gardens, the Dom Pérignon, better (some say) than the Keukenhof in Holland. My husband is not a gardener, but he was still suitably impressed, and my daughter (12) saw enough lush and blooming beauty to keep her engaged for several hours, and especially enjoyed the Japanese Gardens. Everything is clean, pristine, well-tended and perfectly manicured while clearly being real and approachable. There's a merry-go-round tucked demurely into one corner, an Italian gelateria in the Mediterranean gardens, and a huge gift shop with a vast array of souvenirs and pricier items. There's even a separate art gallery! We did not try the restaurant or have afternoon tea, but we had a wonderful lunch in the coffee shop, which is bright and airy with lots of art on the walls. It was sunny when we arrived but began raining toward the end of the day, and we were given free umbrellas and a friendly Canadian apologized for the inconvenience of rain (can you believe the politeness?). The best part (in my opinion) is the Sunken Garden, which is like descending into another world where around ever corner you are greeted with ever more beautiful sights.

– A Tripadvisor review by Spykergyrl, from Camas, WA, USA - June 2015