Butchart Gardens, Victoria
We actually visited the Gardens in January and it was BITTER cold! We didn't know what to expect and we thought the Gardens might actually be closed. We were not disappointed, the holiday light displays were incredible and there were many plant species in bloom or well manicured.
It's an easy drive from downtown and well worth the trip any time of the year.
If you're like me, you can't believe that you paid $21 Cdn to look at flowers. However, The Butchart Gardens is a premier West Coast display garden that maintains the traditions of its past. If you only go to Victoria once, you should go see it.
Jennie Butchart first began working on the gardens in 1904. When her husband abandoned a worked-out quarry site left behind from his pioneer work with Portland cement, she requisitioned tons of top soil from a nearby farmland, had it brought over to Tod Inlet by horse and cart and used it to line the floor of the abandoned quarry. This quarry came to form the Sunken Garden. The Butcharts then began to develop a Japanese Garden on the seaside of their home with the help of a Japanese landscape designer. Begun in 1905, the tranquil Japanese Garden is one of the oldest surviving areas of the estate with many of the original plantings still thriving. By 1929, the Butcharts had created an Italian Garden on the site of their old tennis court and a Rose Garden in lieu of the couple's vegetable patch.
The most beautiful garden in the CITY of GARDENS. It is Most beautiful in spring and summer the best is an afternoon visit -after 3pm- from mid-June through mid-September;. If you come during the summer don't miss the Saturday evening fireworks show. Better then Disney’s.
The garden is nice also in the winter, unless covered with snow :-((
The Butchart Gardens at Tod Inlet, some 21km from Victoria, covers more than 55 acres of a 130 acre estate. The gardens were begun by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pim Butchart in an effort to beautify a worked -out quarry site. Mr. Butchart a pioneer in the manufacture of Portland cement in Canada, was General Manager of a cement company having its plant nearby. The quarry, its limestone exhausted, offended Mrs. Butchart's sensitive feeling of beauty and she resolved to include it in her plans for landscaping their home grounds.
The gardens begun as a hobby by them, and were constantly expanded, spilling over to Rose, Italian and Japanese Gardens.
It is visited by more than a million visitors each year.
There is a visitor centre, plant identification centre, seed and gift store, and restaurants, (Dining Room, Blue poppy restaurant, and coffee shop).
It was raining a little as we were walking around, and there are thoughtfully provided clear plastic umberellas positioned in canvas containers around for you to borrow. Nice touch.
There is a huge car and coach park, you are also given a free visitors guide map, and flower guide with your ticket.
if you need to leave and re-enter, you can have your hand stamped, although not on Fridays and Saturdays when there are Fireworks.
Note:- I may possibly put an album of photos taken in the gardens at a later date.
On my very first trip tp Victoria I was able to visit the beautiful Gardens. I enjoyed it tremendously due to the variety of the gardens and was especially fond of the Sunken one and the Japanese one. I took many photos but decided on this one as it is my favourite one..
Butchart Gardens can be hard to find if coming from the Airport or North Ferry but you will get there eventually. Some signs (like Mcdonald's) are huge while some tourist attractions have small signs low to the ground. Once there you will be impressed with what working on a garden for 100 years will give you. I was there on January 24th and it was a beautiful 12 Celcius and there was 20 cars there. I had the place to myself. As you can see by the attached picture, it is beautiful and green in the winter. I admit not as nice as summer but still a great walk. One difference to note is the Ross fountain which usually dances and has flashing lights on it, is still during the colder months. Still beautiful but not the same.
Butchart has a holiday theme around christmas time. The air was cold but warm holiday spirits abounded. Everywhere you looked was decorated in lights and other festive wrappings. There were live carollers, and a brass band, hot chocolate at several stands and good cafeteria style food at the Blue Poppy restaurant . It was fun for my entire family.
Wow that's what I call a botanical garden - very beautiful, especiall in the spring time!
If there would be peacocks it would be a perfect.
There are two restaurants (incl. a fancy one) and four coffee shops within the premises.
We went there last month. There are not many people there. we have been told it is winter and cold. Although the fare is very cheap, but it is really the winter time in the garden. There are no flowers at all. We are little bit sad. Hope all of you went there at summer time, cheers!
Never leave Victoria B.C without visiting the world famous Butchart Garden. . from the magnificient Sunken garden, to the exotic japanesse garden, takes you to the lovely Italian garden, the place will take your breath away! then come dine-in to any of the three restuarant located inside the garden! your will have the memory that will last forever!
This is a must-experience activity. At the Butchart Gardens' Dining Room Restaurant you must experience a British tradition, the afternoon tea. For around $22 a person, you can enjoy your choice of a tea served along with a huge selection of savory tea sandwiches and home-made sweets. Again, this is definitely something you and your family must do while you're at the Butchart Gardens. One note, you will need to make a reservation. Just give them your name at the entrance and reserve a time.
If you love nature, if you love flowers, the beautiful Butchart Gardens located just north of Victoria should not be missed. Here fifty-five acres of floral display await you. Everyone will receive a flower guide upon entry. Serious flower fans can use this guide to study and identify the flowers. But for us we really enjoyed Butchart Gardens' beautiful scenery. It is a great place to relax.
Acres and acres of beautifully planted flowers, trees, fountains, brooks, ponds and a bandstand with live performances and chairs on a grassy lawn.
It started as a home of the Butchart family. Mrs.
Butchart decided to plant a garden. Over the years it became one of the largest and most beautiful gardens in N. America. The photo shows just one of a hundred different areas in this magnificent place. Explore the website below for more photos. (Click on the large title The Butchart Gardens, then click on 'Garden' on the left menu and "Garden Scenes" for 32 great color photos.)
Even if gardens are not your thing, the Butchart Gardens are really worth a visit. I understood that it is Canada's most visited attraction west of Toronto. The gardens are also said to be some of the most spectacular in the world.
The gardens were started in 1904 by Jenny Butchart in a discarded quarry of her husband's company and are sure to attract lots of visitors year-round.
Main attractions are the Sunken Garden (in the quarry), the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden.
Butchart Gardens are located some 25 minutes by car from downtown on the road to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal, where the ferries to Vancouver leave. Expect to spend some 3 hours here.
You must see The Gardens if you visit Victoria! It's absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. The best time to go is late afternoon (after 3pm) from mid-June through mid-September. Every Saturday night during the summer they give a spectacular fireworks display (this year is their 100th anniversary as well so lots of special events). Enjoy the flowers by daylight, stop for dinner, find your way to the fireworks area and set up a blanket or chairs for the display that evening to ensure a good seat. Then you can enjoy the gardens again at night which is very romantic. The fireworks will start at dusk. (Expect delays at the admissions gate if arriving after 3pm on Fireworks Saturdays).