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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.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 9 April 2017

Not sure this place needs another positive review but wanted to put in my few cents in. This year the plants are about 4-5 weeks behind schedule because of a particularly cold winter. Even then the gardens were amazing. And I had to compare it...More

Thank dnadler
Reviewed 9 April 2017

We visited Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC today. The Iguana was placed on top of a plastic plate very high. There was a notice below that if visitors can spot the Iguana? The iguana was unable to move because it could not use hand or feet...More

Thank 834sarbjeets
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Was very nice but because the winter was so cold they were 2 to 3 behind so all the flowers were not quite ready to bloom but the gardens were nice as usual

Thank Douglas R
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We spent approximately an hour exploring the grounds of Buchart Gardens. Although if we had timed it better and waited a few weeks longer, then many of the buds would have been in bloom. Regardless, we had a wonderful time walking the trails, exploring the...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Everyone that has been here told my wife and I to visit. My wife was very skeptical of us going because she knows my attention span can be short and lets face it, flowers don't excite many men. I actually persuaded her to go (because...More

Thank dsiegfried
Reviewed 9 April 2017

The Butchard Gardens way exceeded any expectations. Each turn of the path revealed more and more beauty. The variety of plants and presentation was at times overwhelming Hours can be spent viewing each area of the garden.

Thank FCWall
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Absolute must to visit. The gardens are breath taking. The gift shop is awesome. High tea is delightful . Every where is so clean and neat.

Thank Pauline B
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We enjoy going here all year long but our favourite time is in December. The gardens are all aglow with lights they have a skating rink and strolling carollers. In the summer months on Saturday evenings they have magnificent fireworks timed with music. Well worth...More

Thank Valerie S
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

When my wife insisted that we go to this garden on our 3 day trip to victoria, I was very reluctant. But I was pleasantly surprised. The garden is certainly beautiful... but what caught my attention most was the fact that they transformed an abandoned...More

Thank Rajiv Krishnan K
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We had such a nice visit to Butchart. We had heard about Butchart for years and our visit didn't disappoint.Everything was designed so beautifully. Our favorite areas were the Japanese gardens and the sunken garden. I'm so glad we made the effort to go. It...More

Thank Teadrinkingcrunchy
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VickieandTommy P
15 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
5 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
3 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