Fall Gardens

On Saturday we were supposed to do a paddle but the group decided it was too cold and too windy so it was cancelled. So we became tourists with Nicky and Derek in Victoria.

We drove to Victoria and visited MEC, for old times sake. It’s smaller than Ottawa’s store, and we have to say we were a bit disappointed in the inventory management and product selection. We do hope that that new owners will fix the the issues that have plagued the once great store.

After lunch by the harbor and a walk through downtown, we realized the we need to spend more time in this city. it’s charming, pretty and has a lot of offer. We’ll be back.

The object of our day was Butchart Gardens, a beautiful garden oasis developed in an old quarry. It’s beautiful to visit any time of year and we decided to see what fall had to offer. It did not disappoint.

The day was cool so the walk through the gardens was invigorating and the sun was shining so the many trees that had colour were showing off. It was such a great way to spend part of the afternoon.

The Japanese Garden was probably our favourite. The beautiful trees, water, babbling brooks created a true oasis and ‘zen’ feeling. We may have looked like masked bandits, but it’s Covid time so this is the new normal.

There were some flowers still as well. The dahlias were spectacular. So many vibrant colors, shapes and sizes. They must be pretty hardy to survive the near freezing weather that we have been having lately.

So a great day to be tourists and spend some time on a leisurely walk with family. We’ll be back during the Christmas season to see the light display. It is not to be missed!

2 thoughts on “Fall Gardens

  1. I have been to Butchart gardens 4 times over the years however I have never seen them during the autumn. Your photos, as usual, are lovely Anita! I know Victoria very well. I used to cat sit for a friend who lived there, while she and her husband travelled. There is just a lovely little tea room on 1885 Oak Bay Ave. called the White Heather Tea Room. It is very beloved among the locals for lunch and you have to reserve well in advance. Phone number is 250-595-8020. It is reasonably priced and the food is delicious. You can also have afternoon tea there too.

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