Japanese Tea Garden, Gorge Park

Japanese Tea Garden, Gorge Park, Esquimalt, B.C. The Japanese Tea Garden at Gorge Park in Esquimalt, B.C. was originally designed and built in 1906-1907 by Isaburo Kishida for his son, Yoshihiro Kishida (known locally as Joe Kishida), and Yoshihiro’s business partner, Hayato Takata (known locally as Harry Takata), who had contracted with the B.C. Electric […]

Kilbourn Family Portraits, 1911

The Kilbourn family was one of the leading families in Owen Sound, Ontario in the early 20th century. Robert Butchart was a business associate of several Kilbourn family members, including John Melbourne Kilbourn (1841-1921), George Stirke Kilbourn (1866-1946), Francis Howard Kilbourn (1863-1948), Frederick Aubrey Kilbourn (1879-1928) and Horace Bruce Smith (1865-1939). Along with Robert Butchart, […]

Captain James Troup’s House, 324 Maitland Street

Captain James W. Troup (1855-1931) served under Robert Butchart as Assistant Director of Wooden Shipbuilding for the Imperial Munitions Board between 1917 and 1919. Captain Troup’s house (since demolished) stood at 324 Maitland Street, along the waterfront off Esquimalt Road, in Victoria’s Vic West neighbourhood. Here is a map showing the location of 324 Maitland […]

Evans, Coleman & Evans Limited – Robert Butchart Was On Its Board Of Directors

Evans, Coleman & Evans, Ltd. was a diversified Vancouver-based building supply company which was described in 1912 as “the principal commercial firm in the Province.” It was founded in 1888 and Evans, Coleman & Evans remained one of British Columbia’s leading hardware and building supply dealers until well into the mid 20th century. Robert Butchart […]

The Pacific Steamship Company – Robert Butchart Was On Its Board Of Directors

The Pacific Steamship Company, based in Seattle, Washington, was formed in 1916 through the merger of two earlier companies: Pacific Alaska Navigation Company and the Pacific Coast Steamship Company, which had been based in San Francisco. Robert Butchart was on the Pacific Steamship Company’s Board of Directors from 1916 to 1932.

Alfred Cornelius Flumerfelt (1856-1930)

Alfred Cornelius Flumerfelt (1856-1930) appears briefly in our book, From Devastation To Beauty: The Creation Of The Butchart Gardens. Alfred Cornelius Flumerfelt was a leading figure in Victoria business and financial circles in the late 18th and early 20th centuries. He served as President of the Board of Trade between 1893 and 1903. He was […]

George “Rebel” Mowat Was Jennie Butchart’s Favorite Tour Bus Driver

George “Rebel” Mowat (died September 1968, full name: George Neilson Mowat) was a sightseeing tour bus driver for Gray Line of Victoria who regularly drove sightseeing trips to Butchart Gardens for several decades. By all contemporary accounts, he was Jennie Butchart’s favorite tour bus driver. He became friendly with Jennie Butchart and his stories of […]

We Have Finalized The Title Of The Butchart Gardens History Book And Have Obtained The ISBN

The title of our Butchart Garden History will be From Devastation To Beauty: The Creation Of The Butchart Gardens. We have obtained the ISBN for the book and we are planning a digital eBook, a sift cover edition, a hard cover edition and possibly an Audio Book. We plan to use this 1921 photo of […]

Our Butchart Gardens History Book Has Gone To The Copy Editor

My Butchart Gardens History book has gone to the copy editor. I will keep you posted on its progress. I’m thinking of using this photo of Jennie Buchart (taken by Victoria photographer Harry Upperton Knight) as the cover photo of the book. Any thoughts? Here is a photo of Jennie Butchart’s Private Garden today. Would […]

Butchart Gardens Concert Featuring Bernard Turgeon, July 1955

In the early 1950’s the Butchart Gardens started hosting evening concerts. Here is a July 1955 newspaper advertisement for Butchart Gardens concerts on 14 July 1955 and 21 July 1955 featuring Canadian Opera Company singer Bernard Turgeon (1931-2016). This concert was also the first time the Victoria Symphony Orchestra performed at Butchart Gardens. Here are […]