The Butchart Chronicles : December 4, 2014

Garden Report for December 4, 2014

Although the garden is decorated with seasonal displays and lights, if you look closely you can still find some horticultural delights. On my morning walk I noticed flowers on the Viburnum bodnantense and the winter Jasmine and there were even some brave Hellebores blooming at the entrance to the residence.    

Although the flowers may be a rare sight, this is the time of year that you have the opportunity to enjoy the garden from a completely different perspective. As you wander your way through the garden the unique structure and layout of the garden is much more apparent and the genius of Jennie Butchart’s design is revealed. The Japanese Garden is especially satisfying as it reveals itself in its purest form without any of the lights, decorations or other adornments of the Christmas season.  

This is truly a time for peaceful reflection in the garden as the season reveals a quiet, subtle beauty that isn’t as evident in any other season.

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Mossy roots

Special Interest/Berries/Flowers/Fruit/Bark

  • Acer capillipes (Snake bark maple - bark)
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese maples – unique form)
  • Acer griseum (Paper bark maple – bark)
  • Arbutus unedo (flowers)
  • Betula (birch - bark)
  • Cornus (shrub dogwood)
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood – bark)  
  • Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form)
  • Cotoneaster (berries)  
  • Callicarpa (berries)
  • Euonymous europaeus (berries)
  • Helleborus (flowers) 
  • Jasminium (winter Jasmine – flowers)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
  • Platanus (London plane – bark)
  • Pyracantha  (berries)
  • Sequoia sempervirens ‘pendula’ (Weeping Sequoia – unique form)
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
  • Viburnum bodnantense (flowers) 
  • Viburnum davidii (berries) 
  • Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers)  

Japanese Garden Stairway

Top Walk