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The Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Ave | 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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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800 Benvenuto Ave | Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

I would suggest getting there as it opens. By the time we left at 11:30 it was heaving with people and the paths get really crowded. Do not expect quiet contemplation of beautiful flowers that many people are very loud. Despite that it is a...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

A must see attraction. One of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen. Beautiful landscapes. Antique carrousel on site.

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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

This was our third visit and it won't be our last. The planning, design and commitment is honourable. Nowhere else can you see that combination of color, texture and depth in a garden. We had a tasty (but expensive) lunch in the dining room to...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

We recently had a spring visit to the Butchart Gardens and it was as enjoyable as my ate summer. Just a beautiful place to go and even though it was initially raining the umbrellas which were readily available weren't needed for long. Plenty of clean...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

I'm an avid gardener. I own 28 acres in upstate New York, 20 acres of woods with trails and the rest lawn, a pond, and gardens. I often visit famous gardens when I travel such as Longwood in Penn. I've never seen any as spectacular...More

Thank jank1
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

If you take your time you can spend hours here. There is lots to see and it is absolutely beautiful. It is kind of expensive but worth doing at least once.

Thank Bree D
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

This was a great evening visit to the gardens. It wasn't crowded at all and was beautiful in the evening. There are lights and beautifully lit fountains. It was also light most of the time we were at the gardens. Our bus driver Bob was...More

Thank Karen H
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

I visited on Mother's Day and was a little apprehensive as I was afraid it would be packed. It was ok. The gardens are so big that I didn't have much of an issue with too many people. The Sunken Garden was unexpected and the...More

Thank lisa l
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

I have not been the Butchard Gardens in 25 years but returning was like a new experience. The gardens are beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed the walk as we did the gardens twice. The plants, trees and natural landscape provides a wonderful combination of flow...More

Thank Laen27
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful. Peaceful. Quiet. I am traveling alone this week and was ok the fence about visiting Butchart Gardens. I'm so glad that I did, however. Amazing.

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Julie D
7 April 2018|
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Response from Jazzmon | Reviewed this property |
Lots of spots to take a break and enjoy the view. This Gardens are magical. Enjoy!!!!
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Negar B
2 April 2018|
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Response from miatagirl3 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is beautiful at any time of the year. Spring will be especially nice and the cruise passengers won’t be there until later in the month.
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Negar B
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Response from Evelyn F | Reviewed this property |
April should be nice weather but check the weather before hand.
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