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The Butchart Chronicles : June 13, 2015

A Gift from China - A Stunning Dragon Fountain

Dragon Fountain from the People's Republic of China

If you have not been to The Gardens, you might not realize there is a dragon in the center of Waterwheel Square. In fact, it just arrived; a gift presented to The Butchart Gardens by the Suzhou Municipal Government, on behalf of the People’s Republic of China.  This was grandly orchestrated in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between the City of Victoria, British Columbia and the City of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, China.

The dragon is a striking granite and bronze fountain, measuring 2 meters high by 3 meters long, weighing in excess of 2700 kg. This work of art will be displayed in Waterwheel Square for the duration of the summer while a permanent home in the gardens is being made ready.  The Gardens is honoured by this stunning gift which represents the long-standing history The Butchart Gardens enjoys with the Chinese community locally and within the People’s Republic of China.

The official unveiling ceremony was held at 5:00 pm on June 13, 2015 with Mrs. Robin Clarke, great granddaughter of Jennie Butchart receiving the Dragon Fountain from the Vice Mayor of the City of Suzhou, Ms. Sheng Lei. Officials from the People’s Republic of China, the Province of British Columbia,  the City of Victoria, and the Municipality of Central Saanich; as well as representatives from the local Chinese community and Butchart Gardens members of staff were in attendance.

It is said that dragons are associated with good weather. We hope this proves true during your visit to our garden.

Dragon Scroll commemorating the dragon fountain
如果您没到过布查特花园,您可能不会意识到位于水车广场的龙喷泉并不是一直都在那里的。事实上,它刚刚落户在此,是一件由苏州市政府代表中华人民共和国赠送给布查特花园的礼物。本次赠礼是为了纪念不列颠哥伦比亚省维多利亚市与中国江苏省苏州市缔结姊妹城市35周年而隆重安排、精心策划的。

这件龙雕塑是一个令人瞩目的花岗岩和青铜喷泉,高2米,长3米,重量超过2700公斤。今年夏天,这件艺术品将陈列于水车广场,在此期间,将在花园里修建一个地方来永久安置它。这件精美的礼物代表着布查特花园在本地华人以及中国国内的人们心目中所享有的悠久盛名,也是布查特花园的殊荣。

正式揭幕仪式于2015年6月13日下午5时举行,Jennie Butchart的曾孙女Robin Clarke女士从苏州市副市长盛蕾女士那里接受了赠送的这件龙喷泉。来自中华人民共和国、不列颠哥伦比亚省、维多利亚市及中萨尼奇市的官员,以及来自本地华人社区的代表和布查特花园的工作成员列席参加了揭幕仪式。

据说,龙常常与好天气相关,我们希望在您访问布查特花园期间,这一传说能够应验。

Dragon Fountain head