The Butchart Gardens

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The Garden

The beautiful Butchart Gardens boasts 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 display garden, while maintaining the gracious traditions of the past. It is a must-see as a day trip from Vancouver, or on an overnight 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. Close to 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.

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The Gardener

Robert Pim Butchart, a pioneer in the thriving North American cement industry, was attracted from Owen Sound, Ontario to Canada’s West Coast by rich limestone deposits. In 1904, he developed a quarry and built a cement plant at Tod Inlet (on Vancouver Island) to satisfy Portland cement demand from San Francisco to Victoria. Jennie Butchart became the company’s chemist. Close to the quarry, the Butcharts established the family home complete with sweet peas and rose bushes.

As Mr. Butchart exhausted limestone deposits, his enterprising wife Jennie, made plans to create something of beauty in the gigantic exhausted pit. From farmland nearby, she had tonnes of top soil brought in by horse and cart and used it to line the floor of the abandoned quarry. Little by little, the quarry blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden.

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Garden Details

Address
The Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, BC
V8M 1J8, Victoria, Canada.
The Butchart Gardens are in Greater Victoria on Vancouver Island, 23 km (14 miles) north of Victoria.
It’s a 30-minute drive from Victoria if you’re driving. Buses run to Butchart Gardens from downtown Victoria, as well as from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.
Public transit and shuttle buses available from Victoria's Inner Harbour.
Email
email@butchartgardens.com
Phone
LOCAL 250-652-5256 TOLL FREE (North America) 866-652-4422 ADMINISTRATION 250-652-4422
Fax
250-652-7751
Contact Person
Graham Bell Public Relations
Website:
Hours
SPRING PRELUDE: January 15th - March 31st
SPRING: March 16th - June 14th
SUMMER: June 15th — September 30th
AUTUMN: October 1st — November 30th
The Magic of Christmas: December 1st – January 6th
Garden Size
Covering 22 hectares (55 acres), make your way through different garden ‘rooms’, from the dramatic sunken garden to rose-covered walkways, springtime bulbs, the summertime dahlia walk, amazing fall colors and the Japanese-inspired winter garden.
Price
Our admission rates vary by season. You’ll also find prices for various seasonal activities on our web site.
Parking
Free. Day parking also available for RVs.

Public buses and shuttles available from Victoria's Inner Harbour.
Food Available
We can help you with any, and every, level of menu planning from breakfast, to refreshment breaks, to lunch, to Afternoon Tea, to dinners and receptions. Modern kitchens and talented staff use the best of local ingredients to prepare everything from simple soups to complex multi-course dinners. Various menu options are listed below.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
There are several restaurants within the gardens, so it’s easy to make a day of it at The Butchart Gardens.
Picnics
Offer your group the feelings of yesteryear with a Garden or Gourmet picnic on the Residence Lawn where once upon a time the Butchart family and friends picnicked and played croquet.
Wheelchair Access
All public areas are accessible by wheelchair, except for a viewpoint area within the Sunken Garden known as "The Mound", and the wharf and the gravel path leading to it from the wharf viewpoint.

Only motorized or standard wheelchairs are permitted. Due to the design and layout of the gardens, we are unable to accommodate Segways. Attendant-assist washrooms are available.
Dogs Allowed
We are dog friendly.
Children Allowed
Children’s Pavilion and Rose Carousel includes a menagerie of 30 hand-carved wooden animals and chariots. This lovingly crafted carousel is very popular with all ages.
You can create a fantastic child’s birthday party with almost no work. Make your party a success with our Rose Carousel, the private party room, kid-approved menu and a personalized birthday cake.
Weddings
Plan your intimate wedding in our beautiful Spring Prelude indoor garden between January 15 and March 31. The flagstone paths, flowering cherries and witch hazels, beds of daffodils and tulips will provide you with a delightfully fragrant location for your special day.
Phone: 250-544-4478
weddings@butchartgardens.com
Guided Tours
This great-value tour includes admission to Butchart Gardens and a choice of several return shuttles during the summer, so you can enjoy the gardens at your leisure.
Function Center Available?
From weddings and birthdays, to social and corporate events – create your exceptional memories.
Other Facilities

Weddings, Events, Birthdays, Corporate Social Evetns, Group Food Services.

If you want your group to experience a Garden Barbecue and dine alfresco under tents, the expansive Firework lawn is a great location. It’s available except for Firework Saturdays. Our Food Services Planning Guide has complete details.

There are fireworks in the summer time on Saturday and night illuminations from end of June until September. Because the gardens are open late every night in the summer, you can come early enough to see them in the daytime, and then view them at night.

There is entertainment most evenings (at no extra cost), and then you can see the night illuminations. Best times to visit in summer are before 11am, or after 1:30pm.