Saturday, February 6, 2016

Butchart Gardens Quarry Garden

Butchart Gardens has one of the most photographed garden rooms in the world.
The old rock quarry was turned into a place of beauty with stunning color and plant combinations.  I took dozens of pictures when we visited but will only share some of 
my favorites. 

Thankfully most of the plants they grow there will also grow in my climate.  Many of my color and plant choices are inspired by the mass plantings on display at Butchart.

Enjoy the photographs-they speak for themselves!

Next post: The Rose Garden    

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Butchart Gardens

The most beautiful place I've ever 
visited is Butchart Gardens in Victoria,
British Columbia.

When we planned our summer vacation/anniversary trip, Butchart Gardens was at the top of our list.  We had visited there about 10 years ago and I've been yearning to return.

We visited during the summer months when the garden is in full bloom and the 
weather is perfect.  The variety of plant material is amazing and the condition of the gardens is impeccable!

The garden is divided into "rooms" and I've decided to share the garden in several posts so that I could share each "garden room".

When you enter the gardens the main walkway takes you to the original home of the Butcharts.

This color combination is one of my favorites and the plants are easy to grow here in Oklahoma.  The blue salvia, pink begonias, dusty miller and geraniums are a foolproof combo for a warm garden.  

The home now houses a restaurant and just outside is Mrs. Butchart's original private garden area.  She was an amazing gardener and turned an old rock quarry into one of the most photographed gardens in the world.

I love the arbor and flower boxes!

If you have never visited the gardens or Vancouver Island, do yourself a favor and go during the summer.  

Spring is around the corner
 and I can't wait to plant flowers!

I'm linking with
Susan's Outdoor Wednesday

Next post:  The sunken quarry garden

Saturday, January 23, 2016

George Washington Lavender Farm

It's January and I'm already dreaming of Spring, 
daffodils and lavender!  I am thankful that 
we are not knee deep in snow and 
that we did have sunshine today.
I think of my east coast friends and their 
blizzard conditions and count my blessings and 
hope all are safe and warm!

I think winter is a nice "vacation" for gardeners from all the work we do but I do miss my garden this time of year and can't wait for spring.  I find myself frequently on Pinterest finding new ideas and plans for this year's garden.  I am going back and looking at photos I took on vacation for more garden inspiration.  My photos from the George Washington Lavender Farm make me anxious to get out and plant
 more lavender in my garden! 

George Washington Inn and Lavender Farm is located in Sequim, Washington where we spent part of our Pacific Northwest vacation in July.  What a treat it was to visit this incredible place.  The owners built a replica of George Washington's Mount Vernon home that is an inn and they surrounded it with lavender and a farm store.   We visited during the lavender festival and the weather was perfect!  The views were stunning from the bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north and to the south toward the Olympic Mountains.

The inn has won many awards and the grounds are beautiful.
There was a string orchestra on the front porch 
playing classical music for the visitors.

The farm store was full of their lavender products and they were serving lavender ice cream too!

The soldiers reenacted battles in full uniformed dress
 and the ladies looked beautiful as well. 

One of the local restaurants from Port Angeles had set up a food tent and served amazing seafood chowder
 and fish salads. 

The sunroom was set up for high tea.  

Our visit was perfect and we definitely want to return during the lavender season again. 

If you love lavender this area is the perfect destination. 

Here is the link to the inn and farm:

I'm linking with Bernideen's Tea Time Cottage and Garden