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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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800 Benvenuto Ave | Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-4422
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Our family including adult children had a wonderful time here. The gardens and lights were absolutely amazing and we also enjoyed a wonderful sit down dinner. It was fun and festive to walk around and enjoy the displays. We arrived after dark but would love...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Butchart Gardens is beautiful, more so in spring I think, I've been in summer before and didn't like it as much, possibly due to the crowds! It is also a little difficult to get to unless you either have a vehicle or join a tour....More

Thank Melody M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Always an enjoyable time at the gardens! We go all year round and love to see the change of seasons. No matter what time of year you are visiting, it is great to see what is growing at the gardens!

Thank Valerie M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Daffodils are currently at peak and tulips coming on. Hyacinth flowers were also at their peak. No crowds at this time of year which improves the overall experience.

Thank Alan M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a four season destination. We have visited several times and although the fall and winter is beautiful we prefer the summer. Check to website to see who the entertainment is and try to take in the amazing fireworks.

Thank Kevin W
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I've been to Butchart Gardens a number of times at different times of the year and always enjoyed it. Around Christmas they do an amazing 12 Days of Christmas display. In summer the flowers are spectacular and there are music nights and firework nights which...More

Thank stephenbYYJ
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Butchart Gardens has an amazing array of plants, shrubs, perennials, annuals and trees. Every section has a theme. Roses and Japanese bamboo to name a few. It's a great walk for an afternoon or a few hours.

Thank Wendy P
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Upgraded to the yearly pass and will renew it again! We go every month and will never get tired of the garden. Just so beautiful, serene and relaxing! Spring is my favorite!

Thank January P
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We cave had annual passes ever since we moved to victoria - 3 years ago. We never tire of the beauty of Butchart Gardens.

Thank Neil M
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The tulips are fantastic at this time of the year and roses are great a bit layet. This garden is well worth a visit at any time. It is one of the worlds leading gardens

Thank annery
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VickieandTommy P
16 November 2017|
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Response from TBGSocialMedia | Property representative |
Hi Vicky and Tommy, Starting June 15th, the gates are open until 10pm, with viewing until 11pm. Depending on when you are visiting in June, it typically gets dark around 9 so you'll see the gardens at dusk and after dark... More
6 September 2017|
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Response from Raina H | Reviewed this property |
Buchart Gardens is open in January, but be mindful it's winter so you will not see blooming roses, etc., however the shrubs and trees are beautiful.
Peter J
4 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