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The Butchart Chronicles : April 4, 2014

Podium Position for The Butchart Gardens in Best Public Garden Contest

USA Today 10Best
The Butchart Gardens finished an impressive third on a list of 20 remarkable North American Gardens in USA Today's 10Best Public Gardens contest. According to USA Today's Content Manager and Senior Editor, Libby McMillan the contest was one of the most popular ever: "This has been the second most popular contest in the history of Readers’ Choice, so a top ten finish is really saying something!”. Making the list has been especially gratifying coming after the National Geographic Society's designation as one of the Top 10 Magnificent Gardens in the world and a place in their Four Seasons of Travel destination guide of over 400 top places in the world to visit.

Four Seasons of Travel
We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all who voted for us.  Thank you to the many who sent notes and made calls of encouragement, and to our tourism partners who helped get the word out, such as but not limited to:  Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism Victoria, Tourism Vancouver Island, Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Nanaimo, Tourism Richmond, Destination BC, Clipper Vacations, M.V. Coho Ferry, Craigdarroch Castle and Victoria Butterfly Gardens.

Congratulations to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, which came in first and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond Virginia which came in second. The full list of the Top 10 North American Gardens chosen by the readers of USA Today and 10Best can be found here.