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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spode Butchart Pattern 2/9165

Spode Butchart Pattern In 1937 Spode named one of its existing patterns “Butchart” to honour the Butcharts and the Butchart Gardens. Our thanks to Spode collector Bill Coles for the above photo from his collection. Here is an excerpt from our Butchart Gardens History: “…..In 1937, the Butcharts were honoured by the Spode chinaware of […]