6 Short Weeks from Now

Benvenuto! The beautiful world-famous Butchart Gardens in May with minimal tourists, again. Best gardens in Canada. One of Canada’s seven wonders, easily. This is one of the best examples of (wo)man-made beauty and natural creativity I can think of. Built in and around an empty limestone quarry, and then filled in with earth by the quarry owner’s wife, followed by extravagant, wowful, colorful planting. Mrs. Butchart turned commercial ugliness into ravishing aesthetic natural beauty beginning in the early 1900s. Natural beauty on its own is the best, of course, but that which is designed and created by humans can be a very close second in some cases. The amazing fragrance is simply nonpareil.

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