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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Butchart Gardens Winter Wonderland

These two photos are of Beaver Lake in the snow last week.

We did get one day with blue sky so I am putting in these photos before I go along and into the Butchart Gardens.


These are all photos taken last week at Butchart Gardens in the snow.  Above is the door to the tea room restaurant that has the most fantastic scones you have ever eaten.

Above is the door area to the Garden Seed Shop.  You can see my reflection. The seed shop is huge and has many local artistic items as well and some beautiful jewelry. The range of items goes from clothing to souvenirs.  Below is a reflection of the interior on a mirrored wall.
The interior is open in the winter now for the historical display which is very interesting as they keep each room exactly like it was when the Butcharts lived there.


The above photo is a photo of a picture of Butchart Gardens before Mrs. Butchart put in her gardens when it was her husbands cement factory. Below is a picture of the gardens in the snow last week. Butchart Gardens is a winter wonderland in the snow.  There is a lot to do there also with the Historical Display and the Spring Prelude. There are also wonderful Tea Rooms and restaurants and the shop.
The snow is gone now and it is a very warm 12 degrees.


Above a horse in the field on our way to the gardens we go along the country farm roads.



The flowers are from the Spring Prelude at Butchart Gardens now.
We were covered in snow so what a treat to go into a room full of flowers and walk a path through an interior garden.

Videos of Butchart Gardens Spring Prelude and the Seed Store.
Also here a favorite video of mine of Butchart Gardens.

Thank you to each of these meme hosts for allowing bloggers to share their story. Click on any of these links for some great blogs and photos.  This post is for these wonderful bloggers:
Sky Watch Friday  Thank you to the Sky Watch Team
Floral Friday Fotos Thank you to Nick V
The Weekend in Black White  Thank you to Dragonstar
Weekend Reflections Thank you to James
Saturday's Critters  Thank you to Eileen
Pink Saturday Thank you to Beverly



  1. Wow - what glorious photos - and what a change from a cement factory to what it is today - it is my dream to go to Butchart Gardens one day.

  2. In 1988, I visited the Vancouver area (I live in New York State) and we thought of taking a day trip to Butchart Gardens. We never had the time, we've never been back, and I've always regretted it. Beautiful. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  3. Love the snowy winter scenes!

  4. Lovely snow images Nora.

  5. I wouldn't think of visiting gardens in the snow but am glad you did and shared these beautiful photos.

  6. Anonymous1:01 pm

    Beautiful snow, and reflections! The gardens - what a great tribute to her husband! I see you have your memes to participate all lined up. You have came before. The link is open from Sunday through Wednesday and we are celebrating our first year anniversary this Sunday (It's in this post, which I publish on Sat. afternoon, but the link opens on Sunday) Hope to see you there!

  7. It's a wonderful place to visit!

  8. I love how you provided videos with your post too Nora. Beautiful that you could walk through the Spring Prelude and see all the flowers.
    It was also lovely to see the gardens when it hadn't snowed (that was most gorgeous of course - I remember your video from a few posts back), what I mean is that the scenery changes so much.
    Cheerio and thank you for sharing it all with us :D)

  9. That garden is a fairy land.

  10. I enjoyed they cyber visit to Butchart Gardens. Brrr.....! Have a great week-end.

  11. What a wonderful place to visit!
    I am glad the horse has a blanket to help him stay warm
    Hope you are having a great week-end!

  12. Your black and white view of the garden is really lovely - so tidy and well cared for. A snowy scene always looks good in black and white.

  13. Hello, pretty gardens. I enjoyed the tour and the video. The horse in the snow is pretty. Beautiful photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your week ahead!

  14. I love the wintry shots and the reflections of course. :-)

  15. All wonderful photos ~ favorite is the horse with its 'coat' in the snow ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Day ~ ^_^

  16. That is a lovely tour of the gardens. I saw our tropical plants as well like those Phalaenopsis orchids. Oh this reminds me our Orchid show near our office starts this Thursday. Thanks.

  17. I've been there before, but didn't know the history of the place. I was there in the early summer and it was amazing! I think I was still sneezing a month later. Great post!


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