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Experience the vibrant colors and sweet aromas of The Butchart Gardens. Located just outside the city, the 22 hectare (55 acre) flower garden transforms with each season, with plant and floral displays varying dramatically throughout the year. Established early in the 20th century, the gardens have grown to become one of the world's premier flower show spaces. Wander along hidden paths and climb secret staircases as you explore the fairytale-like gardens. To visit The Butchart Gardens on your trip to Central Saanich, use our Central Saanich road trip planner .
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The Butchart Gardens Reviews
In mid-October I was astonished to discover such a beautiful collection of plants and blooming flowers. No to be missed in any season more »
Simply amazing. One of our favorite places to visit. Third time for me and my husband. Still waiting to visit in June for the roses. more »
There are no words to describe how beautiful Butchart Gardens is, especially the sunken garden. My husband and I visited on a beautiful, sunny day at the end of May. I would like to return to see the ... more »
So first off was surprised at the cost to get in which was I believe was 35 dollars a person. Ouch expensive. Especially for just walking around seeing some flowers. There own brochure said it would take about 2 hours to walk through. Not the best value for money. But it was really beautiful. The day was perfect, sunny and warm, but not to warm. I am not really into flowers as much but the gardens were well laid out with plenty of places to stop and rest and look around. And other than the walking by the time I was done I was quite relaxed and had really enjoyed the entire experience. Which normally would have probably earned this a 4 star rating at most. But... There was one spot in the gardens where I sat down and if I lived in a perfect world would have just lived there the rest of my life. It was so beautiful, so peaceful. Made the entire day worth it and goes on my list of favorite places in the world. So an extra star for that. Oh and if it's sunny remember to take sunscreen.
Spent about 4 hours there, enjoying myself, so got enough value for the price of admission. Even the bus ride on #75 from Downtown Victoria was not so bad. Rose garden is gorgeous in bloom, and moss animals in the Bog Garden are adorable. Do the high tea at the restaurant if that's your thing, as it's (comparatively) reasonably priced. Wish there were some info stands on plants you will see in every garden, and Bog Garden and Mediterranean garden are hard to find, almost missed them. Grounds are well maintained, staff is friendly, and the entire garden is walkable in heels ( a wheelchair path also exists). Dogs on a leash are allowed on the grounds and people bring them.
Loved the gardens. A special treat to watch and the highlight of our time there, were the Saturday night fireworks which were beautifully set to music and quite different from the usual fireworks one sees on national holidays. It was almost like a theatrical production! The fireworks happen every Saturday night during summer and are included in the admission price. They also have concerts in the evenings during the summer weekends.
Gorgeous and quite large but not so huge that you get lost or can't get back to the entry in a reasonable amount of time. Has many different "moments" within each individual area allowing you to experience different aspects and views from just off the path. The Japanese garden is filled with contemplation spots, while the sunken garden offers majestic views, and the Rose garden intimate impressions.
I've heard about this place all my life but my first visit exceeded all expectations. It is immaculately maintained. The was an abundance of blossoms everywhere despite the late season. It's a magnificent example of reclamation of a ruined environment. It challenges the memory of an average gardener such as myself to identify all the plant species. What a wonderful bookend to my visit to the Monet exhibit in Vancouver two days before.
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