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  • Rich Thomaselli | July 15, 2016 4:00 PM ET

    Get an Inside Look at Butchart Gardens

    Get an Inside Look at Butchart Gardens

    PHOTO: Vibrant flowers fill every nook and cranny of The Butchart Gardens. (Courtesy The Butchart Gardens

    Victoria has been long known as the “City of Gardens,” and at Clipper Vacations, we know why – you can hardly go around a corner without coming across one of the city’s lush green spaces or vibrant gardens.

    Although there are many, the granddaddy of them all is the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. During the summer, the best time to visit these spectacular gardens is after 3 p.m. when excellent lighting and off-peak traffic make for a perfect visit.

    Hit the turnstile, enter the gardens and you are instantly bombarded by a painter’s palette of colors. You’ll quickly notice the fragrances wafting through the air. Every planting resonates with the glory of summer. Asiatic lilies bloom brightly in every one of The Garden’s perennial borders, filling the air with their sweet scent, while the begonia bower immerses you in an explosion of color and beauty. Follow intimate stone paths as the intoxicating fragrance of roses lures you to the fabulous Rose Garden, undoubtedly one of the highlights of summer.

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    Escape to the tranquil, stream-filled Japanese Garden to find respite from the warm summer sun among the Japanese maples. You can also find shade at the Rose Carousel building, where you can take your kids for a whirl on one of the hand-carved and brightly painted zebras, camels, lions or other animals from around the world.

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Rich Thomaselli Clipper Vacations

Rich Thomaselli Rich Thomaselli is a longtime journalist with 27 years experience in newspapers, magazines and digital media. He is a nine-time individual award-winning writer and was also a staff writer at several publications that earned national recognition as well, including Advertising Age winning a ‘Best in Business’ designation from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2007. He previously covered the travel sector for Ad Age, among other beats, from 2001-2013. Rich is married with two children. He will be based in New York. You can reach him at and contact him on Twitter @RichTravelPulse.
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