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The cost to enter Vancouver Island's Butchart Gardens is $28, which seems steep. The late afternoon Music & Dancing Revue helped soften the blow. The setting is enjoyable, outdoors surrounded by the garden.

The history of Butchart Gardens is interesting. Robert Butchart began manufacturing Portland Cement in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada in 1888. He moved to Vancouver Island because of rich limestone deposits for making cement.

When his limestone quarry was exhausted, his wife Jennie created a sunken garden on the site, which was completed in 1921. They added Italian, Japanese, and Rose gardens. In 1939 they gave the gardens to their grandson. Over the years the gardens were increasingly improved upon, statues, ponds and lights were added, and opened to the public. Today the gardens remain with the Butchart family.

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