Butchart Gardens Photos

I’ve been to Butchart Gardens over a dozen times.  And although I’m definitely not a gardener, nor do I have a specific interest in flowers, it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty of these incredible gardens.  Vancouver Island in general is a haven for gardeners, it is known for its fertile soils and perfect climate for flowers.  One time someone once said to me that the soils are so fertile in the Victoria area that if you plug a nail into the ground and wait a couple months it will grow to be a railroad stake.  The best time to visit the Butchart Gardens is debatable.  In the spring the bright colours of the cherry blossoms in bloom will awe you.  In the summer the roses are open and full of life.  In the winter, Christmas resonates in the air.  But in Autumn the colours are full, and the air breaths the change that is on the horizon.

Just so you know, I don’t pull the trigger with a fancy camera, nor do I have a good tripod for travel.  So I definitely don’t have a macro or close-up lens.  And anyone who knows me, knows that all I’ve been talking about lately is buying a new camera and taking some great shots.  But I think these photos that I’ve taken for this post prove that you don’t need a great camera to take good pictures.  Anyways, this “Foto Friday” edition was taken just yesterday, I hope you enjoy.

Buchart’s Sunken Gardens

I’ll admit, I’m not the best flower photographer…

In October, in Victoria, everything is still green, and orange, and red, and purple..

In October, in Victoria, everything is still green, and orange, and red, and purple…

Most people photograph the flowers, I loved the berries, and the people in the background

Some hanging flowers

Some hanging flowers

Water fountain in the background of this flower... I'm no flower expert so I'll say it's a red and yellow one

Water fountain in the background of this flower… I’m no flower expert so I’ll say it’s a red and yellow one

My favourite solitary tree shot from between two giants

My favourite solitary tree shot from between two giants

And this flower is called  a pink one!!!

And this flower is called a pink one!!!

I'm fairly sure these are berries... but then again, I know very little.

I’m fairly sure these are berries… but then again, I know very little.

This is one of my favourite pictures.  It's a wilting rose.   See I do know the name of one flower!

This is one of my favourite pictures. It’s a wilting rose. See I do know the name of one flower!

Everytime I walk the Japanese Gardens at Butchart Gardens I feel a little nostalgic urge to go back to Japan.

Everytime I walk the Japanese Gardens at Butchart Gardens I feel a little nostalgic urge to go back to Japan.

I don't know why I'm concluding this Flower Photo Essay with a picture of a spider... but how awesome is this spider?

I don’t know why I’m concluding this Flower Photo Essay with a picture of a spider… but how awesome is this spider?


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Al of these pictures are totally, totally beautiful..You have such a good eye for photography, Brendan….
    Crazychefpatti somewhere in Mexico

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  2. Brendan These are beautiful photographs. I love the one with the tree in the center.

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    • Thanks lady! That is one of my favourites too!

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  3. Yeah, not so sure about the spider either…haha…but the colors in the rest of the photos are fantastic!

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  4. thanks for the great pics.send all of us more on the web.

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