Beth Rand


Butchart Gardens

A visit to the Gardens is a must if you come to Victoria. They are beautiful at all times of the year but if you go in the summer months be prepared for crowds, and I mean CROWDS of people, they come in the bus loads from the cruise ships that dock in Victoria each year and finding space to get some good photos is very frustrating :) I did go one year in winter time when it had just been snowing overnight, I was there just when it opened in the morning and I was the only one in the gardens except for the groundkeepers, it was just awesome.

These internationally acclaimed floral display gardens and National Historic Site of Canada started over 100 years ago and remain privately owned by the family. Jennie Butchart wanted to make her husband's depleted limestone quarry look better and the result is the Sunken Garden. Other gardens include the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden. The gardens are meticulously maintained and provide a riot of colour for much of the year. During the summer, special lighting subtly illuminates the gardens, musical entertainment takes place on the Concert Lawn, and there are ten spectacular Saturday night Firework Shows. The Magic of Christmas season also has beautiful lighting and evening entertainment, and an outdoor skating rink. Spring offers hundreds of thousand flowering bulbs and Autumn is the time for dahlias, chrysanthemums and fall colours. The Gardens is open daily, year round.

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