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Monday, August 27, 2001
We spent a week in Victoria on a home exchange
back in 2001.  The house came with a trampoline
for the kids and a friendly cat.

The highlight of any trip to Victoria must be
Butchart Gardens, the premiere destination garden
in the Northwest.  You would have to travel to the
East Coast (such as Longwood Gardens near
Philadelphia) or Europe to find anything
comparable.

Several themed gardens are on display: the
amazing Sunken Garden - the oldest section begun
in 1904, the Japanese Garden, the Italian Water
Garden, Rose Garden, acres of flowers, several
fountains, and beautiful landscaping.  In the
summer, the garden features evening fireworks.  
In winter, the most amazing and extensive
Christmas light display covers the gardens.

Wednesday, December 26, 2001
We returned to Victoria the same year at Christmas
for the light display and imaginative decorations.  
Unfortunately, few of those pictures turned out
well.  We'll have to go back!

Butchart Gardens
http://www.ButchartGardens.com

by Bob Kelly
http://www.BobsPacificBeachHouse.com
The superlative Sunken Garden - once a rock quarry
Gardeners are constantly busy on the grounds
Small mountain in the middle of the Sunken Garden
Rotten kid, ruining my shot of the Italian Water Garden
Beautiful flowers everywhere you look
Kids have fun in the garden - don't hesitate to bring them
Japanese Garden
Same pony at Christmas
Nye Beach