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Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia

The beautiful Butchart Gardens boast fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display, offering spectacular views as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. Founded by Mrs. Jennie Butchart, who began work on the site in 1904, the gardens have a rich history and continue to inspire and amaze visitors of all ages. The Butchart Gardens remains a family business and has grown to become a premier West Coast display garden, while maintaining the gracious traditions of the past. It is a must-see as a day trip from Vancouver, or on a weekend get-away to Vancouver Island.

Each year over 1,000,000 bedding plants in some 700 varieties are used throughout the Gardens to ensure uninterrupted bloom from March through October. Well over a million people visit each year, enjoying not only the floral beauty, but the entertainment and lighting displays presented each summer and Christmas. The best time to visit depends on your areas of interest – but there is cerstainly something for everyone, all year round.

The Gardens and their Seasons:

SPRING PRELUDE: January 15th - March 31st

Step out of Winter and into Spring! It's as easy as that when you visit the astonishing indoor garden display. Beds of daffodils and tulips, with flowering cherries, witch hazel and viburnum, fill the stone-flagged Blue Poppy conservatory with all the joys of Spring.

SPRING: March 16th - June 14th

Spectacular Spring colours and scents burst forth in a show of unparalleled beauty. One of the finest displays in the world heralds the season with hundreds of thousands of bulbs in bloom, joined by a host of flowering trees and shrubs. The Gardens are alive with the colours and scents of spring.

SUMMER: June 15th — September 30th

Magnificient views of our gardens can be enjoyed during any season, but summer at The Gardens is breathtaking. Ravishing floral splendour greets you at every turn. Every evening The Gardens is transformed into a wonderland of light with beautiful Night Illuminations complete with musical entertainment on the concert lawn stage. Saturday night visitors in July and August will be thrilled by the pyrotechnic marvels of one of the most extravagant firework displays in North America.

AUTUMN: October 1st — November 30th

Bask in the beauty of Autumn when the Japanese Garden comes to center stage. A stunning parade of red, russet and golden maples is joined by brilliant arbutus and copper beech trees and dozens of varieties of chrysanthemums.

The Magic of Christmas: December 1st – January 6th

Tens of thousands of coloured lights combine with evergreen swags and wreaths; holly, ivy and winter berries line walkways and amply adorn lamp posts. The ever-popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays are tucked away around The Gardens. Sharpen your skates and try the 307 sq. m (3,300 sq. ft.) outdoor rink.

Location: The Butchart Gardens

Mailing: Box 4010, Victoria, BC V8X 3X4

Street: 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8, Canada

Tel: +1 250 652-5256

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