on February 5, 2005
Robert Pim Butchart and his wife, Jenny, built their home here in 1904, to be near his thriving business of manufacturing Portland cement. When the limestone quarry near their house was exhausted, Jenny decided to refurbish the ugly pit by hauling in topsoil and planting a flower garden in it. This became the Sunken Gardens. Later, they added Japanese gardens, Italian gardens, and rose gardens. Butchart Gardens is now a 55-acre floral extravaganza where a played-out limestone quarry used to be. From March to October, you will find the gardens in bloom with various types of flowers. In the summer, on Saturday evenings, they have fireworks displays, and evenings find the gardens decoratively lighted. "Benvenuto", the family residence, is open during the wintry weather for visitors to view a display of memorabilia chronicling the development of Jennie Butchart’s garden. Furnishings, correspondence, and photographs follow the development of the gardens and allow the visitor to step back into the graciousness of the period. Staff members are on hand to assist visitors with their questions. Afternoon tea, served in the Dining Room Restaurant, is available daily.
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