The Garden Path

Tulips, tulips and more tulips were the undisputed stars of The Butchart Gardens this day in mid-April 2013 on Vancouver Island, Canada. Tulips edged beds, outlined paths and admired their reflections in ponds, thanks to the importation of 300,000 bulbs from Holland each year.

Along with tulips galore, a bevy of other bulbs, plants, trees and shrubs were in full spring fling throughout The Gardens’ 55 acres. 

Hyacinths, narcissus, pansies and primulas, froths of...

Visitors enter the Montmartre Museum in Paris via a rose-draped arbor. Photos by Yvonne Michie Horn
Le Jardins du Musée de Montmartre (2 of 2 on Paris museum gardens)
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Ponds were created in the natural indentations of granite boulders — Abkhazi Garden.
The romantic story behind Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, BC, Canada
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A visit to the green haven surrounding the Victorian-era Governor’s Residence in Yangon, Myanmar
The Mud Maid in repose. Photo: Julian Stephens
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The reflective lake in National Kandawgyi Gardens — Myanmar. Photos: Yvonne Horn

During Myanmar’s colonial-British era, Maymyo — named “May Town” after Colonel May, then in charge of the 5th Light Infantry of the Bengal Army — offered a cool “hillside station” retreat from lowland Mandalay’s oppressive summer heat. Horses, ridden or pulling carriages, provided transportation to an environment more than a little reminiscent of home.

When the Mandalay-to-Maymyo railway was completed a few years after the station’s 1896 founding, Maymyo became the Burmese...