Scholars believe that the Garden of Eden was located somewhere in Mesopotamia. I have another theory. I think it may have been located in the Pacific Northwest. I recently returned from Vancouver, British Columbia and saw vistas and foliage that seemed a dead ringer for the biblical paradise where Adam and Eve first met. We didn’t see a serpent or the Tree of Life, but everything else seemed right out of the Creation story.
As a Cleveland, Ohio resident, I was envious of the climate the moment I disembarked. In a word, the weather is perfect. We spent a week in Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Whistler Mountain, 3 places I would return to in a flash. We spent our days bike riding, hiking, mountain gazing, and walking through these clean and sophisticated cities. We could feel the excitement from the upcoming Winter Olympics. While this would be an awesome time to visit, the crowds then will be overwhelming. They have great food , including some of the best sushi I’ve eaten in my entire life.
There’s a real Garden of Eden on Vancouver Island called the Butchart Gardens, about 10 miles north of the capital city of Victoria. I’m not a garden person, but this place was the most spectacular gardens I had ever seen or imagined. There is no description or photograph that can communicate the awesome splendor and beauty of these expansive gardens. It is surreal to look out across them. I felt as if I were watching a Disney animated movie as the views just didn’t seem real. Every flower was in its proper place. The colors were brilliant. We heard trickling water from streams as we ambled slowly through the paths. Calm and serenity prevailed. About a million people visit each year, and you should be one of them.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Man created the Butchart Gardens, which is a divine place to visit.