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“Don't miss the Gardens!”

The Butchart Gardens
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Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 19 May 2014

We visit the Butchart Gardens every week because we live close by and have bought a pass, which is ideal for locals. Don't be deterred by the price. It's worth it. $28 is really not a lot when you consider that it takes 70 gardeners in the high seasons to maintain this beautiful spot that has been converted from a limestone quarry to what it is now. The highlights for me include the quarry area--take photos from the small building at the top and the open areas all around the top looking down. Watch for the topiary shapes of cougar, bear and deer around the garden. They are hidden delights. The Rose Garden is magnificent. The Carousel is for everyone. Have a ride! The totems are treasures and were carved by natives in the main entrance area, then moved to a point near the Carousel. The Italian and Japanese gardens are wonderful, too. The fireworks are on Saturday and require some planning to get in there early enough for parking, or get there by bus. They are not included in the annual pass and another tip, other than getting there early would be to bring something to sit on the grassy slope as well as appropriate clothing for weather. Butchart Gardens has something for us to see every week that we go. Take your time to people watch, to notice what is coming up, how they hide what is going out of season. If you are new to the area, follow the map provided by gate staff. It's easy to miss sections. There are wonderful tree collections from all over the world, even a palm tree section near the entrance. Don't go and hurry through--though you can do it in an hour if you have to-- this is a place to be savoured.

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

We took the BC ferry to Victoria. That alone was a wonderful experience. The views are much like the northwest of USA boasting green mountainous waterways. The drive to the gardens is nothing exciting. THEN, the moment your feet begin at the entrance of the gardens..... WOW!
You are in a living painting of beautiful flowers, shrubs, and trees. Every shape and color imaginable are seen in a well thought out setting. We had lunch at the Gardens. It was light but very enjoyable. It gave a nice break between a lot of walking. We stayed at the Fairholme Manor Inn, an exceptional B&B on the island. Check it out too!

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

This place is a parade of color and smells, I found the park to be very organized for the amount of crowds and found the practice of getting you to pay when you first arrive to be a good decision. The paths are easy to follow and are a sight for the senses around every corner. I have so many great photos that I plan on making some of them into wall art for our home. This place is well worth the visit and a NOT TO BE MISSED attraction when you are in the area, and constantly changing with the seasons as this is a living attraction.

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

These gardens are just breathtaking. Stunning beyond words. We arrived at the park and realised it was going to close in an hours time but still decided to go in and have a look around. It was truly a highlight of our time in Victoria. The different types of flowers , buds and blooms and the way the gardens are maintained are amazing. My favourite was the sunken garden and the Italian actually it's really hard to choose just one they where all beautiful. I recommend you spend at least 2/3 hrs and enjoy your stroll around the gardens to really take in all it's beauty. I was very pleased to see that they had wheelchair access all around the park which was great for us pushing our baby around in her stroller.

Thank Fedz1980
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Fantastic in the summer and fantastic in the winter! If you could do both in one year I would highly recommend it! The flowers are so beautiful in the summer and the lights in the winter are magical. A bit expensive, but I think it's worth it!

Thank M S
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