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The Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Avenue | Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-4422
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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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  • Average3%
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800 Benvenuto Avenue | Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-4422
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

If you love beautiful gardens and serenity, this is an absolute must for anyone visiting Vancouver Island. Tip: crowds are less first thing in the morning and the light is better for picture taking. If I ever get back, will plan to be there in...More

Thank Diana c
Reviewed 20 September 2016

I was here back when I was a teen aged and 30 years later it is still breathtaking! Whether you spend time in the sunken garden, the rose garden or the Japanese garden they all are incredible. It did seem much larger in my youth!...More

Thank K-C-Bergie
Reviewed 20 September 2016

As a [expletive deleted] amateur gardener in my own right, the imagination, effort, and density of flowers in the garden are discouraging. How do they get begonias to grow 4' tall? Dense geraniums when mine are rangy and tired by September? Towering sequoias when my...More

Thank Eric J
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Beautiful gardens and a lovely place to stroll through. Wander with a partner or a group visiting the city. Well worth the trip to Central Saanich.

Thank Belinda J
Reviewed 19 September 2016

On the day we visited it was very busy. In spite of this we had ample oportunity to enjoy planting. Plants aren't labelled but the free guide book was a help and if one really wanted to identify a plant there was a really knowledgeable...More

Thank OldPaulG
Reviewed 19 September 2016

These gardens are wonderful. This was the highlight of our visit to Vancouver Island and Victoria. Plan on spending 2.5 hours there.

Thank GADawgGa
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We visited Butchart Gardens on the 3rd September and where lucky enough to catch the last of the summer fireworks displays and open air concert. The band playing were fantastic and we loved listening to them while we waited for the fireworks. The fireworks display...More

Thank Hilaryowl
Reviewed 19 September 2016

What a fabulous place, with a vast array of colours from the plants and trees, water features and the fountain make this a wonderful place to stroll around, and if it rains there are umbrella stations all around.

Thank travelingstu1
Reviewed 19 September 2016

My wife and I don't even live in B.C. but we have annual memberships. We love to come at different times of the year and we never fail to be amazed by its beauty. Every season is different. Imagine it used to be a quarry...More

Thank HowardAB
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We only knew of Butchart Garden by reading about them, and we are so glad we visited. There are numerous gardens in various styles, and it is amazing that in September there are still so many flowers still in full bloom. This really is a...More

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5 September 2017|
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Response from Raina H | Reviewed this property |
Buchart Gardens is open in January, but be mindful it's winter so you will not see blooming roses, etc., however the shrubs and trees are beautiful.
Peter J
3 August 2017|
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Response from reed622 | Reviewed this property |
I would say 2 hours with kids is a lot of time. Unless they are avid gardeners of course. You can stop and get a snack in the gardens near the fountain in the the sunken gardens. They sell chips and ice cream and drinks I... More
27 July 2017|
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Response from visitor e | Reviewed this property |
Vancouver is experiencing long hot summer this year, so the flowers will still be there. We were at the garden on 4th Sept and everything was fine.