by JoAnne Skelly

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Canada's Butchart Gardens celebrates 100 years

I just returned from a trip to Washington near the Canadian border. While there, I made the trip to Victoria, British Columbia to visit the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. The Garden covers over 55 acres of a 130-acre estate. It began from an idea Mrs. Butchart had to beautify the worked-out limestone quarry, which had supplied her husband's nearby Portland cement plant.

The Garden has rare and exotic shrubs, trees and flowers; many collected by the Butcharts on their world travels. There are theme gardens including the "Sunken," "Japanese," "Rose," "Italian" and "Mediterranean." By the 1920s, more than 50,000 people visited …

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