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Address: 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8X 3X4, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 250-652-4422
09:00 - 15:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

These internationally acclaimed floral display gardens, and National...

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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Go there before 5pm!

The gardens are great! There is concert at night to watch if you stay on the island. But, please don't come late at 5pm like me in July. The sunken garden and Japanese garden are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 July 2016
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

The gardens are great! There is concert at night to watch if you stay on the island. But, please don't come late at 5pm like me in July. The sunken garden and Japanese garden are all surrounded by tall trees or hill, and you need the sun on top or +/-30 degree, or it will be all dark and impossible... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Went with a tour group at the end of a long weekend. It was a beautiful place, but there were just too many people. Frustratingly, the people weren't respecting the gardens. They would walk onto the grass, or move obstacles preventing the from entering restricted areas. Other tourists clogged the paths stopping for selfies with their selfie sticks. I would... More 

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Nokomis, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Easily one of the most famous tourist destinations on Vancouver Island, and there is a very good reason-it is simply and naturally beautiful! We got a loaner wheelchair for me as a cane user, as the gardens go on forever, it seems, and it is a good way to go more slowly and appreciate the glory of all the millions... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

The gardens and the history of how they became is amazing. For us in particular we found the only downside was how busy it was and so it wasn't as quiet as we would like to enjoy the beauty. Has a place to eat, pay for parking, lovely gift store.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

If you like gardens, it is an inspiration to help create your own. I enjoyed the rose and japanese garden the most. We didn't have too much time. To really visit this place you need more than 3 hrs.

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South Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Loved our time at this beautiful garden. Spectacular views from what was originally a quarry. 100 years ago Jenny Butchart's dream gave birth to what is now the most wonderful and welcoming garden. Flowers and trees from far corners of the world blended together to delight us. Gentle walking paths. A surprise around every bend. Amazing

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

About a 30 minute bus ride from the Port Victoria, it came highly recommended, which was easy to see why. I’m really not that much into gardens and flowers, but this was exceptional. Several different themed areas including a sunken garden with a musically choreographed fountain, a rose garden with every named rose (many for celebrities) that you can think... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We booked this as part of a day trip to Victoria. Our bus driver/tour guide, Jack, was fantastic. He was extremely knowledgeable and made the trip enjoyable as well as educational. We boarded the BC Ferry and had a relaxing 90 minute ride to Victoria. Once in Victoria we were driven around and learned about the history of the city... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

These gardens are absolutely delightful, full of colour and with such a fascinating backstory. So many different points of interest from totem poles to fountains and a real feast for the eyes with the variety of planting. We walked around at a relaxed pace in about 3 hours on a hot afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it, sitting occasionally to watch... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

It is a rather expensive cab ride from Victoria to Butchart Gardens but you don't want to miss this attraction if you love gardens. We spent about 4 hours walking all over the campus. I think my favorite section was the Japanese Gardens area but I loved all the place.

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