Robert Pim Butchart, a pioneer in the thriving North American cement industry, developed a limestone quarry and built a cement plant at Tod Inlet (on Vancouver Island) to satisfy Portland cement demand from San Francisco to Victoria. Eventually, the limestone deposits were exhausted and his enterprising wife Jennie, made plans to create something of beauty in the gigantic exhausted pit.
From farmland nearby, she had tons of top soil brought in by horse and cart and used it to line the floor of the abandoned quarry. Little by little, the quarry blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden.
A central rock mound and the graceful Ross Fountain along with the Bog Garden all add to the unique nature of this unforgettable sunken garden.
In the trellised rose gardens, each rose variety is marked by name, origin and year registered with the American Rose Society. We wandered the fragrant pathways and discovered the frog fountain and “wishing well”.