By Adianez Quintana
Located in a small town of the small Canadian island of Vancouver, the more-than-100-year-old Butchart Gardens are a lush gift for viewers and are internationally famous for its beauty and area.
National and foreign visitors to the site fall in love with orchids, narcissi, magnolias, azaleas and hyacinths, among other species in a place recognized in 2004 as National Historic Site of Canada.
Ensuring the uninterrupted flowering of one million plants between March and October is very hard work for the 50 gardeners who labor full time in this Brentwood Bay site.
Thus, nature mixes with human design to offer a show of colors and aromas, where the almost 900 varieties of plants from all over the world are not the only tour attraction.
The iconic site also serves as home to tropical birds with unique feathers, whose exquisite singing accompanies visitors when they walk along trails and enjoy streams.
Concerts, fireworks, different decorations and a collection of 30 hand-carved wood animals join the list of elements that make up the unique atmosphere provided bythis family-owned site, which includes five theme areas.
The Japanese Garden, the first one built by the Butcharts, is one of the most emblematic, where Japanese pines and maple trees join the original plants sowed in 1905, keep flowering up to now.
They also include the Sunken Garden, the Rose Garden, with 300 types of those flowers, and the Mediterranean one, the smallest of all.
(Published in Orbe)