In the summer of 2010, my father and I took a day trip from Seattle to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. In the early 1900’s, the site was at a limestone quarry owned by Robert Butchart, who used the stone to produce cement. When all the limestone was exhausted from the site, his wife Jennie Butchart had arranged for massive amounts of top soil brought in from the surrounding farmland to line the floor of the huge pit. The Sunken Garden was one of the first of the many gardens that would become the Butchart Gardens. From the lookout you can see an incredible spread of annuals, flowering trees and shrubs.