Dragon Returns to the Japanese Garden at The Butchart Gardens

By Scott McDonald

May 22
Dragon in the Japanese Garden at Butchart

There Are Now Two Dragons at The Butchart Gardens

The dragon that once graced the top of the watercourse in the Japanese Garden has returned–in a manner of speaking. Admittedly, it’s not the original, but we will go out on a limb and state with great confidence it is superior in many ways. Although The Butchart Gardens don’t have any historical records regarding the original dragon, we had local artist Nathan Scott recreate this exquisite piece by taking fragments from the original piece, rebuilding what he had to the best of his ability, and then reimagining and recreating the intricate details. What Nathan has achieved is remarkable as the new sculpture is simply stunning and should turn the heads of every visitor descending the stairs into the Japanese Garden.

You may be wondering about the differences in dragons and what makes them unique as they now have a dragon of Chinese origin (located at the top of the Concert Lawn) and this newly minted Japanese version.  If you look closely, the first thing you may have noticed is that the Chinese dragon has 5 toes and the Japanese dragon has only three. The Chinese claim that dragons originated in their country and as the dragon flew further away from their home they began losing toes. The Japanese claim ownership of origin as well, but their story is the dragons gained toes as they flew further away.

Be sure to take a look at these two dragons on your next visit.

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About the Author

Digital strategist, destination marketer, and garden tourism enthusiast, Scott McDonald can be found searching out the next offering on the BC Ale Trail or discovering something unique about a garden or local hidden gem. Previously a digital marketer at The Butchart Gardens and Canada 150 Community Leader for the City of Colwood, he is a member of the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators.