Virtual Tour of the Butchart Gardens

June 25th, 2010 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Friday, June 25, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

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Butchart Gardens: Virtual Tour

Age Range: All

Many years ago, I visited British Columbia in Canada and toured the incredible Butchart Gardens, a place of beauty that I’ve never forgotten. I was delighted to find that their website offers a free virtual tour of the Butchart Gardens – for every season of the year! To really appreciate the gardens it’s helpful to know some history about them.
In 1888, Robert Butchart manufactured cement near limestone deposits on Vancouver Island where he and his family lived. As his business exhausted the limestone in the quarry near their home, Mrs. Butchart came up with the idea of transforming the abandoned quarry into a spectacular “Sunken Garden.” She had top soil hauled in and began the renovation.

The Butcharts were world travelers and it influenced the design of their gardens. They created a Japanese Garden with Koi pond, transformed a tennis court into an Italian Garden, and planted a spectacular Rose Garden. Mr. Butchart collected birds from all over the world and had elaborate bird houses constructed throughout the gardens. They decorated their garden with artifacts including bronze castings.

The renown of the Butchart Gardens spread. Today, close to a million people visit annually, enjoying the year-round display of floral beauty created from over 700 varieties of plants.

When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of roses in bloom. Click on it and a map of the Spring garden will open. Click on any of the points of interest to view a photograph and simple explanation.

Notice that there is a box in the upper right corner of the map that says, “Select a Season.”  Use the drop down menu to view the gardens as they appear in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

When you’re through with the virtual tour, you can use the menu to explore the rest of the site that includes suggestions for kids and families who visit the gardens in real time.


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