Just a short drive from The Butchart Gardens, we dropped into a contrasting eco-system at Butterfly Gardens. We stepped into a humid tropical rainforest with parrots, orchids and thousands of free-flying butterflies around us. If you still have time and energy, stop just a short way down the same road at Church and State Wines for a sampling. Once out of bustling Victoria, there are many small farms, vineyards and wineries, horse farms and B&Bs. We drove back to the Gazebo Bed and Breakfast on narrow, twisty Old West Saanich Road through thick stands of evergreens and moss covered cedars. Chosen because of proximity to both attractions of downtown Victoria and Butchart Gardens, we retired to our room, Camelot, where we felt very Arthur and Guinevere! Our hosts, Linda and Martin said the tapestries provided the “inspiration for the …rich colours of the room. Above the fireplace is a famous 1895 tapestry by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, “The Arming and Departure of the Knights,” original now in the collection of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. “The Lady” features Guinevere”…accompanied by her maid Luned…“before she was queen, being courted by King Arthur entering in the background. Lastly, another Burne-Jones wallhanging “Laus Veneris” (1869)” hangs above the jacuzzi tub of the bath. Tapestries aficionados can find them in the online catalogue.
Be sure to check-out The Gardens website and read about the enterprising Jenny Butchart. She and her team of workers lined the floor of the quarry with local farmland topsoil brought in by horse and cart. Lowered in a sling down the bleak quarry face in order to plant ivy into the rock spaces, she exemplifies the passionate gardener with the vision to transform a space into Eden – from played-out quarry to spectacular Sunken Garden.