Friday, August 22, 2008


The final stop on our Alaska cruise was at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It was a fantastic day, and of course there were gazillions of people who came out to enjoy the gardens in bloom.

It isn’t unusual to see Orcas (killer whales) on the boat ride to Victoria. This is a shot of an adult with a calf.

Butchart Gardens is a boat or plane ride away from Seattle, costs a few sheckles, but worth a visit.

Another fantastic garden to visit, and touted as the best Japanese-style garden in the Seattle area, is the Kubota Gardens in Renton. There is no fee, but donations are welcome, for this oasis away from the city.

How about a bonsai garden visit? Also free (donation welcome) is the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection in Federal Way on the Weyerhaeuser Company campus. The Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden is also there, entry for a small fee. When the rhodies are in bloom, there is no better place to be.

If you’re into roses, you absolutely must see the Rose Gardens in Portland, Oregon. Both Washington Park’s International Rose Test Garden and the Peninsula Park Rose Garden.

And now, my gardens are calling to me to do a little late-summer, early-autumn cleanup and weeding, because for some reason weeds tend to grow best here!



  1. Aaaah - I love, love, love Butchart Gardens! I still need to get to Kubota Gardens, though.

    How fun that you were able to see a killer whale and her calf! :)

    Ciao Bella!

    p.s. the Weyerhauser link didn't work for me, alas! (The others do, though.)

  2. Next time you're in the neighborhood, we'll put Kubota Gardens at the top of the 'to do' list!

    Thanks for letting me know about the problem with that link. Don't know what happened, but it should work now.

    A la prochaine fois!



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