Butchart Gardens Victoria

More Than Flowers - A Work Of Art

You don't have to be a gardener to want to visit Butchart Gardens in Victoria British Columbia.

It IS a garden...

But to call it that almost misses the mark....

THIS garden is truly a work of art and not to be missed.

It is not really one garden...

Butchart Gardens is a group of several gardens all in one glorious place...

And it is one of Victoria's most popular attractions.


Themes In Butchart Gardens

You'll stroll through 50 acres of blossoms and fragrance.

The theme gardens are linked by gentle paths and spacious lawns with streams and lily ponds sprinkled in.

You won't believe that it started as a limestone quarry back in the early 1900s.

The owner's wife first planted a Japanese garden near her house...

When the quarry was exhausted, she turned it into the Sunken Garden masterpiece....

The tennis court became an Italian garden...

And then the kitchen garden became a large rose garden.

Some gardeners just can't quit!

Butchart Gardens in Victoria British Columbia


Family Owned and Run

The family still owns and runs the gardens.

The original house has grown through the years too, and today it houses the Dining Room Restaurant and offices.


Flowers For Every Season

There is something to see in every season.

For gardeners who know their plants, the their website will give you a month by month highlight of what you can expect to see in bloom.


These Gardens Claim Five Seasons!

In spring... trees leaf out, and the bulbs wake from winter.

In summer... you can stay longer in the gardens, even staying for night time fireworks on Saturdays.

In Fall... They say the Japanese Garden is at its best.

In winter there is a large indoor garden and a historical display in the old family house.

And the fifth season?

Christmas, when there are lots of colored lights to highlight the winter blooming shrubs.... and there is even an ice-skating rink.


What You Need To Know

There is a cafe and two restaurants.

You must pay for admission to the gardens to get to any of them.

There are picnic tables available near the parking area.

Butchart Gardens is wheelchair accessible.

Pets are allowed, but must be on short leashes.

In the summer months you can even take a boat tours of Tod inlet. You'll learn about the beginnings of the limestone quarry and the gardens, and see some wildlife.


Get Souvenirs And Seeds

They don't just have a gift shop, they have a Seed and Gift Store.

You'll find an array of gifts and souvenirs... and there is garden clothing and jewelry...

But it's the seed packets that dedicated gardeners will love.

Seeds from the gardens are still individually packaged by hand.


Bring Your Camera

Make sure you have your camera with you when you stroll the gardens....

You'll be snapping pictures around every bend in the path.

How DO they get all those flowers blooming so beautifully? My garden plants have never looked like that!

You'll probably find yourself wishing you could go back and visit Butchart Gardens during each season...

Happy gardening.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

Curious about what else we've written about?  Search our site for a destination or travel tip.


Protected by Copyscape Online Copyright Infringement Tool

But... We'd love to have you share this page or comment on it…
Thanks, Judy and Mark

International Travel Tips l Europe Travel Tips
Hotel and B&B Tips l Packing Lists and Tips
Go
to MouseToursTravels Home Page

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Did it help with your travel planning and preparation? Eager to leave on that next vacation? Please leave your tips or comments in the box below.

Ready For A New Adventure?

We escape by traveling…
But there are more ways to escape. 
Work on something you LOVE…
With A Website
SBI Teaches You Everything

First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life

Timely Tips

Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere...
The almonds and mustard are blooming
The grapes will soon bud out

California Spring - Grapes, Almonds and mustard

It's Fall in the Southern Hemisphere
Great time for an
Australian Wine Tasting Drive.

It's a great time to travel almost anywhere in the world!


DreamTrips can get you traveling sooner and cheaper that you thought possible

Are you planning your travels?
The weather can be changeable, so be sure to pack layers and some rain gear...

See all of our Packing Lists and Tips.

We're busy planning our travels
The Central Asian Silk Road should be an adventrure!

Where Do You Want To Go?
Things to See in Europe
Travel In America
Does Africa Call?

Don't just dream about it...
Start making plans!

Custom Tour Planning List
International Travel Planning Tips
Foreign Is Fun - Not Scary!

Check Your Passport
Do you have yours? Is it up to date?
Get Your Passports and Visas

Search

Search MouseToursTravels
Travel questions or destination info?
Find our answers faster..
.

Translate

We want you to feel comfortable out in the world and on our pages - so surf away in your own language...

Updated Tips & New Travel Stories

  1. Travel Security Alert Packing Guide - Tips To Comply With Airport Security Rules

    Stay alert to what you can take and where to pack it when you fly. Our travel security alert packing guide will help you prepare for your flight and get through security checkpoints.

    Read More

  2. Acceptable Identification Document For Travel - What Qualifies?

    When you go through airports, you need an acceptable identification document, so what qualifies?

    Read More

  3. 2016 Travels - International and Domestic Adventures

    Our 2016 travels took us on domestic and international adventures… to look for culture, wildlife and antique airplanes.

    Read More

Two Ways To Like Us!

Like Our Site Top Left
Like Our Fanpage Below
Thank You!

More On
British Columbia

Victoria
Tea At The Empress
Butchart Gardens
Campbell River
Vancouver
Vancouver Island
Sights Around Vancouver
Vancouver Harbor Cruise
Sea to Sky Highway
Whistler - Not Just For Skiers!

Navigate Our Site

Related Pages
on
Foreign Rental Car Tips

Ideas

Road Trip Ideas
Packing for roadtrips

General Information
Worldwide Roadtrips
Foreign Rental Cars
Driving In Foreign Places
Driving On the Left
Toll Roads
What Is A Highway
US Highways
Highways or Backroads
Reading Roadmaps

Know The Rules
International Roadsigns
Traffic Laws Abroad
Autobahn Etiquette
Parking In Cities

RV Stuff

RV Road Trip
Rent An RV
Traveling With An RV
RV Travel In Europe
Sharing An RV

And Just For Fun

Amusing Confusing Roadsigns
Funny Polish Detour Sign
Border Crossings
Document Rental Car Damage