On my last visit to Butchart Gardens, I stopped in at the information desk to ask a question and noticed this sign.
Hmmm. I wasn't born in 1936, but someone I know was. What could it mean?
Inquiry revealed that to honor anyone's 80th year, the Gardens provided two complimentary entrance tickets.
So I called my mom and asked if she'd be interested. She and my father were coming over in a couple of weeks. Her answer was an enthusiastic "yes!"
The two of us spent a happy time admiring the fuschias and begonias in the hanging baskets,
watching the fountain dance,
and oohing some more over the roses.
This special outing included entrance tickets AND tea for two.
We each had a large teapot - Mom had the Teaberry Blend: Black Ceylon tea flavoured with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and currants, and I went traditional with Earl Grey.
There was a berry trifle to begin.
Hot savouries followed: House made sausage roll, and a Roasted Onion and Asparagus Quiche.
Then dainty sandwiches: Wild B.C. Salmon with mustard cream cheese, Egg salad with watercress, Smoked ham, Curried Chicken, and Cucumber with fresh ginger cream cheese.
Was there room for more?
Oh yes. Chocolate brandy Napoleon, Orange poppy seed loaf, Battenberg cake, Chocolate Irish cream truffle, and a French macaron.
AND THEN: Scones with Strawberry jam and cream.
We didn't need dinner. At all.
We did take a few things home to share with our husbands. Just a few.
My beautiful Mom (and yours truly) in front of pink roses - always her favourite flower.
Although Mom's 80th birthday isn't until August, this was a great way to celebrate. Thank you, Butchart Gardens for a wonderful treat!
Linking with Mosaic Monday, hosted, for the last time, by Judith of Lavender Cottage Garden. Thank you, Judith for your time and effort in making this link up work.