Butchart Gardens, Victoria

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800 Benvenuto Ave 866 652 4422
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    A fountain at Butchart Gardens
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    The 12 Days of Christmas at Butchard Gardens

    by SurfaceTravel Updated Sep 21, 2006

    This is a good place to take the family if you have young children. There are 55 acres of floral displays set among huge lawns and many pathways. We went in the Christmas season when they were displaying a "Twelve Days of Christmas" theme. For example, the photo to the right shows the "Eight maids a-milking" display. These exhibits were randomly set up around the gardens, and we had to try and spot them all. We went there just before dusk, walked around, it got dark, so we walked around again to see all the Christmas lights and beautiful views by coloured spot-lights.

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8

    Directions: Victoria by car: Blanshard north, becomes Hwy 17. Pass Elk Lake on your left, through a set of lights. Left lane. 18 kms from Victoria, left off Hwy 17 (Exit 18) onto Keating X Rd. Straight along, 4 sets of lights, becomes Benvenuto Avenue to The Gardens.

    Phone: +1 250 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com

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    If you are a gardener

    by kevanrijn Updated Sep 14, 2006

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    If you are a gardener or love gardens, and you come within miles of Victoria, BC, you should make every possible effort to get to Butchart Gardens! I've viewed gardens in England, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, and I must say I haven't seen anything to compare to Butchart Gardens.

    Even my husband, who is not into flowers or gardening, enjoyed the visit there. I had to fight him over the camera--the picture opportunities are limitless! Do NOT forget your camera--you will want to take hundreds of pictures. If you've got a video camera, be sure to take that also!

    If you are a gardener and want to get a good look at everything in the gardens, plan on a miniumum of four hours for your visit. You can make it around the gardens in less time--two hours if you really rush it--but you will find lots of lovely views and plants you'll want to linger over. Honestly, there is enough to see there that it would not be difficult to spend an entire day exploring the gardens and watching the shows and fireworks displays and eating in the restaurants. I easily could have spend more than an hour just exploring the gift shop. There are so many different gardens--the sunken garden, the private garden, the bog garden, the Star Garden, the Dahlia garden, the Rose garden, the Japanese garden and the Italian garden--I've probably left something out--there were so many!

    Mornings would be a better time to visit because the crowds are thinner then. Later in the day, the day trippers from the cruise ships arrive in hoards, along with the tour buses. If you want to see what the gardens looked like on the 1st of September 2006, check out my photo album on the gardens and look at the pictures accompanying this tip.

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

    View from the Star Garden down to Tod Inlet Bridge in the Japanese Garden Inside the sunken garden The pond inside the sunken garden The rock overlook inside the sunken garden
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    Daytrip to Butchart Gardens.

    by worldkiwi Updated Aug 18, 2006

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    Butchart Gardens must be one of the most visited tourist attractions in British Columbia. The gardens are easily reached from Victoria, the provincial capital. You can buy a combination bus and entry ticket from the Victoria Information Centre, for C$35. The bus to the gardens leaves (and arrives in) Victoria from (at) the downtown bus terminal.
    It is best time to arrive at the gardens early in the morning, when the crowds are virtually non-existent. The place gets busy by about 10am, so make the most of the quiet hour between opening time and the arrival of a fleet of coaches.
    It is really worth spending a whole day in the gardens, if you like taking photos. The light changes through the day and in summer this effects the colours of all the flowers. You can also wander around the place as much as you like and linger on the beautiful concert lawn, enjoying the soft grass and writing postcards!
    Take water with you if you vist in the summer. There is food available at a cafe and a restaurant near the gate. The latter looked expensive, but the coffee was good at the cafe.

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave.

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

    In the Rose Garden at Butchart Gardens.

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    Year Round Gardens

    by hoofhearted Written Jun 17, 2006

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    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.

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

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    Butchart Gardens

    by Blatherwick Written Apr 2, 2006

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    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.

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com

    Butchart Gardens - Sunken Garden Butchart Gardens - Rose Garden Butchart Gardens - Ross Fountain Butchart Gardens - Japanese Garden Butchart Gardens - Italian Garden
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    BUTCHART Gardens

    by galy Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    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 :-((

    Address: about 10 miles north of Victoria city,

    Directions: From Victoria take highway 17a, and follow the signs

    Winter in Buchart Gardens

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    For Gardeners and Non Gardeners alike

    by joanj Updated Jun 17, 2005

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    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.

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

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    Butchart's Garden

    by Hanau93 Written Apr 26, 2005

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    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..

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

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    It is worth going in the winter and it is quiet!!!

    by VaughnB Written Jan 28, 2005

    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.

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

    January at the Garden
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    Butchart Gardens in winter ?

    by jpwlawn Written Jan 14, 2005

    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.

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

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    ~~~ Butchard Gardens ~~~

    by matseb Updated Dec 8, 2004

    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.

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: Brentwood Bay

    Phone: (866) 652-4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/gardens/

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    Buchart garden

    by joshua422 Written Dec 1, 2004

    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!

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

    Japanese garden
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    Amazing Garden

    by Minnieg Updated Oct 28, 2004

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    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!

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

    Inside the restaurant called
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    Afternoon Tea at the Gardens

    by meteorologist1 Updated Sep 23, 2004

    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.

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

    Afternoon Tea
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    Beautiful Butchart Gardens

    by meteorologist1 Written Sep 23, 2004

    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.

    Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave

    Directions: North of Victoria in the Brentwood Bay area.

    Phone: 866 652 4422

    Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/

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