June 13, 2015
Saturday June 13th, 2015 – A striking bronze dragon fountain was unveiled today at The Butchart Gardens by owner Ms. Robin Clarke and Ms. Sheng Lei, Vice Mayor, City of Suzhou.
The magnificent 2 meter high by 3 meter long bronze and granite sculpture weighing in excess of 2700 kg, is a gift from the People’s Republic of China and the City of Suzhou in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of the Sister-City relationship with the City of Victoria. Special guests in attendance at Saturday’s unveiling included Her Honour, Judith Guichon Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Her Excellency Liu Fei, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, the Mayor of Central Saanich Ryan Windsor, and a large delegation of government officials from the City of Suzhou.
“Consul General Madam Liu Fei and Officials from Beijing recognized the long-standing history The Butchart Gardens enjoys with Chinese people locally and within China” said Dave Cowen, General Manager. “The dragon is a universally recognized symbol of China. We are very honoured to accept this magnificent gift and to welcome the Chinese delegation, local dignitaries and special guests on this happy occasion.”
Since its inception in 1904, The Gardens has welcomed visitors from around the globe and is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading tourist attractions. “Gardens play an important role in the Chinese culture—they represent a place where art, beauty and tranquility come together. We are honoured that our gift to The Butchart Gardens will be enjoyed by all who visit these magnificent gardens –today and for years to come” commented Consul General Liu Fei.
The Butchart Gardens is an internationally renowned 55-acre (22 hectare) display garden located near Victoria, British Columbia. Created in 1904 by Jennie Butchart, and still privately owned and operated by her great granddaughter, The Gardens has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada and welcomes over one million visitors a year.
Dignitaries attending, left to right: Mr. Thomas Chan - President of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA), Her Worship Lisa Helps – Mayor of Victoria, Ms. Sheng Lei - Vice Mayor of Suzhou, Mrs. Robin Clarke - owner of The Butchart Gardens, Her Honour Judith Guichon - Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Her Excellency Liu Fei - Consul General of China, His Worship Ryan Windsor – Mayor of Central Saanich, and Mr. Dave Cowen – General Manager of The Butchart Gardens
The Butchart Gardens