The Butchart Gardens


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It takes a lot for me to be rendered motionless, but this weekend I literally couldn’t move from the couch. After demolishing a few boxes of tissue, my abs feel like I spent 72 hours doing a crunch marathon and my nose feels and looks like it was raked with metal prongs. Eric has since given me the adoring nickname of Rudolph.

I tend to go stir-crazy when forced to rest, so my full-time job became beating the cold. Eric, bless his soul, arrived home with an arsenal of cold-blasting loot. I did fresh juices, hot tea, homemade soup (luckily I had some Carrot Apple Ginger soup in the freezer!), oranges, Green Monsters, zinc & vitamin D, oil of oregano, steaming, and even dug out the neti pot. Probably a combination of good nutrition, rest, and the placebo effect, my symptoms were reduced by half by the next day. This morning, I just feel like I have a mild cold. In a strange way, I feel this cold was just the nudge I needed right now. It’s so easy to fall out of healthy habits when life is cruising along at mock speed, but being sick is a good reminder to stick to those habits even when we’re well.

I can’t remember the last weekend I wasn’t in the kitchen making recipes, but this weekend I sure as heck didn’t have the desire. So for today’s post, I’m going to share the photography from our visit several weeks ago to the famous Butchart Gardens – a stunning 50 acre floral garden with over 1 million visitors each year. It’s located 23 km north of Victoria. We went for opening on a Monday morning and it was the perfect time to enjoy the gardens without the huge crowds.

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After warming up with a coffee, we walked along the huge pathway system throughout the garden. I had major gardener envy! The Butchart Gardens is world-renowned and I could quickly see why. We had so much fun with photography here. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend a visit.

I’m not using the gallery plugin for the images since it was acting wonky on me recently. Hopefully this post doesn’t self-destruct with all these images. If you click on the first image, you can click through the entire lot with a slideshow.


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and another HDR pic by Eric of a beautiful tree.

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I reeeeally hope their green thumbs rubbed off on me. Odds are not looking good considering my rosemary plant looks like something out of a horror flick.

I’ll be back soon with food, glorious, food.

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1 Amy October 22, 2012

so gorgeous! I love my city oh so much xoxo. And I know exactly what you mean about it taking a lot for you to be laying on the couch all day resting…and that was me last week! I really hate not feeling like/being able to do anything but the colds this season are hitting harder than usual, I find. Feel better very soon xo


2 Ruth October 22, 2012

Oh, that is BEAUTIFUL!!! I feel you with the being-sick — I think I caught what you have (somehow…in Pennsylvania…), and the “this is a reminder that healthy habits are good!” rings very true right now!

Here’s to your full & fast recovery.


3 Sarah L. October 22, 2012

Sooo gorgeous. Glad you’re feeling better!


4 Shana October 22, 2012

Those photos could make anyone feel better! Gorgeous!


5 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 22, 2012

Seriously stunning! I love going to botanical gardens, it’s so relaxing and can give you some great ideas for your own place if you’ve got a green thumb. *I* don’t but someone else could get ideas! :-)


6 Misty October 22, 2012

beautiful photography.


7 Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen October 22, 2012

Ohhhh so gorgeous! Your photos are so gorgeous I practically feel like I’m there with you. I’ll have to add it to my must-visit list. Hope you’re all better soon!


8 Stephanie October 22, 2012

Your photos are spectacular. What a great place to take in all the healing energies of the earth :)

I hope you feel better!


9 Ashlee October 22, 2012

Gorgeous!! Is your cookbook still in the works? I can’t wait to see the outcome!


10 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2012

Thank you! Yes it is – due out in 2014. Thanks for asking!


11 Nadiya October 22, 2012

Aww hope you feel better :) The pics are marvelous!


12 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 22, 2012

Those garden pics are just breathtaking, Angela! Wow, it feels like spring has sprung on this very gloomy and rainy icky fall morning I’m experiencing at the moment. Thanks for the sunshine :)


13 Momma Hunt October 22, 2012

Oh I love these gardens my hubby and I went on our alaskan cruise and it was one of my favorite places I have ever been. Your photos are great


14 Ellie@Fit for the Soul October 22, 2012

whooooaaamygosh! What a beautiful beautiful place! My husband and I are complete suckers for finding a good garden where we can walk around and smell the flowers….One of our favorites is called the Huntington Gardens in LA! Have you heard of that one? If you’re ever down here, I highly suggest it. And I love that rose and cob web picture!


15 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2012

I will have to get there sometime! I’ve never been to LA before, but it’s on my must-visit list. I hear there are lots of vegan restaurants too.


16 Simone October 22, 2012

I haven’t been to butchart gardens in ages, but after seeing those pictures I think its about time I go for another visit, just stunning!


17 JenniferF October 22, 2012

I love Butchart gardens…especially because that’s where my husband and I got engaged!! Thanks for your beautiful pictures…it was nice to browse through and remember that great day!


18 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2012

wow that’s so neat! a belated congrats to you both.


19 Beth October 22, 2012

Just beautiful!


20 val October 22, 2012

Angela–Love your blog, looking forward to your book! I plan to buy a my husband a camera for Christmas. What camera do you use, any special lens? If you were buying a good camera today ($400-$650) what model would you buy?


21 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2012

Hey Val, Although I haven’t tried it myself, I’ve heard good reviews on the Canon Rebel (they have a few different models – check Amazon for more info). I believe it’s around that price point (and I’m assuming you are looking for a dslr!) As for the type of lens, it depends on what type of photography you will need it for. I think the Rebel comes with a lens so it might be useful to try that out and see how it is first. :) If anyone else has suggestions in that price range feel free to leave your two cents! Also, you can buy refurbished models from places like Henry’s and get even better bang for your buck. When I first got into it, I used the Canon 30D and then upgraded last year to the Canon 7D. All my camera and lens info can be found on my FAQ page. goodluck!
PS- glad to hear you are looking forward to the book, thank you!


22 Sally DeHart October 22, 2012

Just got my copy of VegNews. Congratulations on the Best Vegan Blog win! Also, I love these pics from Butchart Gardens!


23 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2012

Thank you Sally! Im anxiously waiting for my copy to arrive.


24 Elly October 22, 2012

Wow, beautiful gardens! I especially love the photo looking at the river through the trees.
I hope you feel better soon – homemade ginger, lemon and honey tea is my go-to remedy when I have a cold (although I guess you could sub out the honey for stevia maybe to make it vegan?) Take care.


25 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2012

I’ve been making that tea actually with maple syrup – it’s so good! A little pinch of cayenne really clears the sinuses. :)


26 Heidi kokborg October 22, 2012

It looks so beautiful!! :) And I hope you soon feel better :)


27 Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa October 22, 2012

Beautiful photos! I especially love the spider web… so gorgeous.


28 Alex @ Raw Recovery October 22, 2012

I love gardens like this! I’m currently visiting London and spent all day Saturday in Kensington gardens. Not quite the same as the one you photographed but I love parks, gardens, etc. they are so peaceful


29 Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours October 22, 2012

So glad you’re on the mend and had a chance to reminisce on your visit to Butcharts. It’s such a gorgeous spot. A friend and I had annual passes a couple of years back. It was amazing to see the season’s changing there. You’ll need to visit at Christmas sometime. It becomes quite magical!


30 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2012

I didn’t even think it would be open during the winter, but now that I do it makes sense given the climate. I can just imagine it all lit up and gorgeous! I’d love to see it sometime. Does it run for a few weeks around the holidays?


31 Tara October 25, 2012

Intruding on this comment but I’m from Victoria and planning to go see the Christmas lights at Butchart this year as it’s been quite a while since I’ve gone so I had to look up the dates: December 1 – January 6.


32 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2012

thanks for the tip!


33 Lauren October 22, 2012

Hope you feel better – this is such a common time for colds! Inhale the soup :)


34 Reb - Life Doesn't Have To Suck October 22, 2012

Butchart is insanely delightful in the winter, and it has nothing to do with the plants. I posted a bunch of pix of it on my blog:


35 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2012

Love it…looks magical!


36 Sharla October 22, 2012

Beautiful pics!!


37 Lia October 22, 2012

Talk about beauty. wow. Great photos. I hope you feel better, and glad to hear tour battle with the virus had such a big impact. I have found that if I ingest a lot of orange, carrot, ginger, I tend to reduce symptoms and get better quickly. Every winter, I try to sneak ginger into any and everything and use more citrus.


38 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 22, 2012

I hear you…I swore that soup was healing!


39 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 22, 2012

Oh Ange, these photos are beautiful! Gardening is not one of my strong suits at all (unless it’s weeds we’re talking about!) so I have crazy admiration for people that can make flowers live. I hope you’re feeling better now! :)


40 val October 22, 2012

Thank you for your suggestion Angela. I’m guessing I need to increase my
budget for a good camera. My husband took photography classes in college
and even had a dark room at one time. We’ve had a variety of cameras but
never a DSLR. When I look at your photos from your travel adventures, I
yearn for something similar, alive, and stunning. Do you have occasion to
use PhotoShop, or are you able to manipulate all your images through your
camera? Thanks again! Val


41 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2012

Hey Val, I use Lightroom for photo editing and I really love how user friendly it is. Im horrible when it comes to photoshop so the only thing I use that for is for adding text on a photo.


42 callah October 22, 2012

amazing! i lack a green thumb also.. i manage to kill bamboo.


43 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2012

hah I did before too! That was a low point in my life.


44 Misti October 22, 2012

Wow, that’s some nice color and blooms for fall in Canada…at least more than I expected. Love it! A lot of inspiration in there…


45 Andrea October 22, 2012

Beautiful photos! I absolutely love Butchart Gardens – it’s an absolute must-see! :)

Get feeling better!


46 Red Deception October 22, 2012

I have so many fond memories of the Buchart Gardens. I used to go there with my Grandparents when I was a little girl. I remember going at Christmas and excitedly trying to find the “12 days of Christmas” hidden in the gardens.

It’s a truly stunning, but expensive, place to visit!


47 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2012

I so want to go there around the holidays now!


48 Katherine November 11, 2012

Buchart Gardens at Christmas time is awesome! When I was growing up they were introducing one more day of Christmas each year. I haven’t see it with the full 12 days, though. Perhaps this year…

Absolutely amazing pictures by the way!


49 Kristine October 22, 2012

Hi, I love this place! Thanks for reminding me. I went last year and loved the zen garden, roses and dock near the water. Kristine :)


50 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner October 22, 2012

You just reminded me that I have a Botanical Garden around here that I should go to again. Nature is always so beautiful and a great way for me to relax, remember what I’m grateful for, and get my Vitamin D3 in for the day. ;)


51 Jen @ Passport to Bliss October 23, 2012

Wow, those are some gorgeous photos! I especially love the detail of the spider web…stunning!

I hope you feel better soon Angie!


52 Finn October 23, 2012

Hi Angela,
I’ve been following your blog for a while now, and I think it is absolutely amazing!
I have been a vegetarian for some time, but somehow, I developed IBS and my trigger foods are dairy and white starches, so I have been looking for interesting things to eat without the two, and you have so many great ideas and recipes!

Have you considered joining the 365project? I don’t know if you’ve heard about it, but it’s a project where you take one photo every day for a year, to document your life and develop your skills. Thought it would be fun for you, you seem like you really enjoy photography!
I have been doing it for almost a year, only 35 photos to go :D


53 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2012

Hey Finn, Thanks for your lovely note!
I’ve heard of the 365 project before, but havent tried it out. Would be a fun project for sure!


54 Rona October 23, 2012

What gorgeous photos. I was there in May 2010 when I traveled to Canada for a friends wedding. I had to laugh at the name of the gardens. Never seen the name Butchart outside of Aberdeen, Scotland where I went to University. Butchart is a local name and was the name of our sports facilities!


55 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance October 23, 2012

Wow–these pictures are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Absolutely beautiful.

Hope you’re feeling better!


56 Sonal October 23, 2012

Hope you’re feeling better Angela! :) These pictures are amazing!


57 Tanya @ Playful and Hungry October 23, 2012

So beautiful pictures! Gorgeous!


58 Tonya October 23, 2012

Reminds me of our National Arboretum down here in DC. Is it unpatriotic of me to say that your Butchart Gardens is prettier?! :-)


59 Elle October 23, 2012

Lovely photos. We get an annnual pass to Butchart every year so we can go whenever we like. It is fun to see the seasonal changes and the gardens are lit up for Christmas with gorgeous and fun displays of the Twelve Days of Chrismtas.

Did you see the boats moored in Butchart Cove? We love to take our sailboat there and then dinghy to the dock to enter the gardens.

Hope you feel better soon.


60 Erica Wollman October 23, 2012

Great pictures! I recently moved to Bellingham, WA and am hoping to visit the gardens sometime.


61 Kate October 23, 2012

Hey Angela! This is where my husband and I went for our honemoon 3 years ago! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. What a gem of a spot!


62 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 24, 2012

That would be a great honeymoon spot!


63 Sonia the Mexigarian October 24, 2012

Absolutely stunning photos. Beautiful. Makes me want to head up to B.C once again even more.


64 Chelsea November 11, 2012

Angela, this makes me miss home SO much! I am living in England right now, but grew up on Vancouver Island! Love these pictures!



65 kristina November 19, 2012

You should see it at Christmas time! I rarely go to the gardens during the year because its so expensive but I never miss a Christmas visit. From December 1 until the first week of January they deck the gardens up with christmas lights everywhere! Its beautiful. I’m getting excited for it already!


66 DJ Wilhoite October 20, 2013

You are an AWESOME photographer!!


67 PinaColada March 20, 2014

The Butchart Gardens are gorgeous! Have you ever been to Montreal’s Botanical Gardens as well? It’s my favourite in Canada because of the massive veggie patch! :)


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