A nickname of Victoria is The Garden City. Nothing justifies the moniker better than Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay. This mecca for horticulture enthusiasts is about 15 miles from downtown Victoria and a couple minutes from Victoria Butterfly Gardens. The 55 acre botanical garden attracts over a million visitors each year. In addition to blooming and manicured landscapes, you will be treated to statues and fountains. Shown here in front of the former Butchart residence are sculptures of a donkey and a foal. They are the artwork of Florence-born artist Sirio Tofanari. He gained fame across Europe for his depiction of animals. Tofanari also created the fountain in the Japanese garden.