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Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8X 3X4, 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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  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8X 3X4, Canada
+1 250-652-4422
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

We visited the gardens on a tour from our ship. I am so glad we picked this. They were amazing. We had a quick taste of Vancouver before we set out into the Gardens. They provide you with a map and flower/plant guide.Our first stop...More

1  Thank Flipper13
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This should be on EVERYONE'S bucket list! The gardens are SO beautiful. It's a lovely place. They have it set up that people seem to move through the gardens with out a lot of congestion - course we were there in Sept.? This was my...More

Thank eatsleeptour
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Contrary to the view of many others, I was disappointed by the gardens. For me there should be more to a garden like this than just the plants. A garden should be a tranquil and relaxing place and Butchart is neither of these things. The...More

1  Thank KevinLeah
Reviewed 27 September 2016

What a place of absolute beauty. All those lovely gardens and so many flowers. A feast of colour, I have never seen so many colourful hanging baskets a feast for the senses..

Thank Pam P
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

This one of the most amaizing gardens ive ever been. Cool and pleasant atmosphere. Simply a magnificent venue for spending time with people who mean a lot and special to you. Don't think go for it.

Thank Ismael R
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Butchart is spectacular in every aspect!!! Layout, colours, accents all add to a design that is pleasant to all of your senses. Shades of green, kaleidoscope of colour, different types of gardens - Japanese, Mediterranean, Italian, Sunken Gardes, ponds & fountains, in easy walkable paths....More

Thank Krazy4
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

The gardens were beautiful. Everywhere you could think of, there were flowers: on top of the rubbish bins, in the cafeteria, on the entrance sign. All beautifully cared for.

Thank Maera_Sirius
Reviewed 27 September 2016

What a beautiful place. Amazing. Wear good shoes, and walk, it is amazing and well maintained. What beautiful flowers. There is a gift shop, and a couple of cafes.

Thank Nanwil
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Amazing colors, textures and scents greet you in this former limestone quarry. A living palate of breathtaking floral displays, water features and mature trees......unusual color combinations of delicate flowers intermixed with exquisite hanging baskets and cascading waterfalls. Each bed and border is pleasing on the...More

Thank Wshiresd
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

The gardens were breath taking- really beautiful. We enjoyed our visit and took several pictures. If you have a chance to visit this place, do it.

Thank Karen J
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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 Al M | Reviewed this property |
maybe you should call or e-mail the Gardens and see what September is like.
18 July 2017|
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Response from rakams | Reviewed this property |
They have tables and benchs before the front gate and this would be the best place .