“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Theresa

Japanese Garden

Merry Christmas 🎄 !  What a perfect quote for Christmas, and the holiday season! 

I can’t think 🤔 of another quote that encapsulate today’s attraction, or a better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to visit Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC, during the Holiday Season; talk about the gift of love ❤️!  

Their Christmas 🎄 decorations and lights have to be the most spectacular display of the holiday spirit that I’ve ever seen…it is absolutely magical.   I’m not sure how to describe it, epic, amazing, extravagantly wonderful…I can keep going and going; they even have an ice-rink ⛸ ! As soon as I walked in, I immediately became a kid again and was  grinning from ear to ear, going from one display to another. I think my favorite was the 12 days of Christmas, they had all the characters lit up, and in motion. I cannot even imagine how long, and how many people it takes to put on this grand holiday display; OR how long it take to take it  put it all away!

Now for a little history:  In 1904 Robert & Jenni Butchart moved from Ontario, Canada 🇨🇦 to Vancouver Island to build a cement plant on a rich limestone deposit at Tod Inlet.  By 1912 the production of limestone deposits were exhausted and from there Jenni envisioned a beautiful grand garden in it’s place.  She began transferring soil by horse 🐴 and cart, and little by little the limestone quarry blossomed into today’s Sunken Garden.  By 1929 the Butcharts expanded the Gardens, designing the Japanese Garden on the seaside, the Italian Garden on their former tennis court, and the Rose 🌹 Garden.

In 1939 grandson Ian Ross was gifted the gardens and he transformed them into the beautiful attraction they are today.  He added the outdoor concert, night lighting for summers and the Magic of Christmas in the winters.

In 1977, great-grandson Christopher began the production of a choreographed fireworks 🎆 show that takes place every year.  In 2009, his sister and current owner of The Gardens, Robin added the Children’s Pavillion and Menagerie Carousel 🎠 . Today, The Butchart Gardens is a National Historic Site of Canada 🇨🇦.  It’s 55 acres of complete dedication and beauty welcome over 1 million people a year to enjoy over 900 varieties of plants 🌱 and flowers 💐.  The love ❤️ that has been put into this garden is a wonderful gift that will continue to grow for generations to come…Jenni would be delighted and very proud of her legacy!

If you’re big on Christmas 🎄, lights and holiday decorations, than Butchart Gardens is a must do for you, your loved ones & family; and it definitely needs to be added to your bucket list!  

Until I find one ☝🏼 that’s better…which i find very doubtful, Butchart Gardens is #1 in my book in the world 🌎 for Holiday lighting and decorations.  

Where’s your favorite Christmas 🎄 display, and would you go back and visit? I’m definitely going back to Butchart Gardens…it’s a do-over fo sure! 

Stay safe, and remember, if you leave your place, cover your face 😷.

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