We decided on Monday to visit two major gardens-The Butterfly Gardens and the Buchart Gardens. After a short pleasant drive, we found the large green house where a cornocopia of butterflies, plants, flowers and more exotic birds were held. It was humid, but so beautiful in there and more moderately priced at $12/person.
Here are some of the flowers that thrived, there were so many it was hard to pick what to photograph.
They also had some ponds and waterfalls with beautiful koi fish.
Here is a rarely seen Owl butterfly, named for the “eyes” on its wings:
Here is a black butterfly, one of many:
…and a cute orange and black guy perching on a leaf. There were literally hundreds of butterflies in there and it was so cool to seem them flutter around and drink dew.
Next up was the Buchart Gardens which was conveniently situated just down the road. Like the Vancouver Aquarium, it was a bit more of a tourist trap and hence had inflated prices and hordes of tourists.
It was nice there though..
..with lots of beautiful flowers. Now why can’t I grow beauties like these at home?
We walked down a forest path and found these animals made out of hedges or something. Aren’t they cute?
I thought I got the perfect shot of this fish fountain, until I got home and spotted the yutz in the white shirt standing to the right, messing up my picture. Well, like I said, its a tourist trap so its hard to expect photos with no other people in them.
More cool greenery and water. After finishing up here, hubby and I drove around Victoria looking for a place to eat lunch. It was BC Day so most stores and restaurants were closed, but luckily we found one Vietnamese place that was open and had great noodles and coconut water. It was probably a good thing that nothing was open, because by then we were pretty tired and wanted to relax in the B&B. Tomorrow is another day…