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To and Across Canada

The Crystal Garden in Victoria

Copyright © 2003, 2004 by David E. Ross

As I said before, I really love gardens.

interior view of conservatory roof

The Crystal Garden was built in an old public swimming pool that was on the second floor of a building. The Garden primarily features tropical plants.

a flamingo

Flamingos and other birds wander freely through the Garden.

a butterfly lands on a visitor

While I was there, so many butterflies landed on a woman's arms and clothes that it appeared as if the woman were being attacked. a butterfly

two butterflies mating

Two butterflies mating.


Many orchids were in bloom throughout the Garden,
which makes this a popular location for weddings.

strange flower on a vine

At first glance, this almost looked like a large, floppy orchid. It has a large pouch behind. This flower grows on vines that are abundant throughout the Garden. If you look carefully, the back of another of these flowers is seen behind this one; there are greenish buds of two others at the bottom. From Sunset's Western Garden Book (2001 edition), I think this is calico flower (Aristolochia littoralis), a native of Brazil.

blue macaws

These parrots and other birds are allowed to fly through the conservatory. Other, more rare birds, are caged. Notice the koi at the far left.

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