The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens, Central Saanich: Hours, Address, The Butchart Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

The Butchart Gardens
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Gardens • Scenic Walking Areas
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Come enjoy our breathtaking 22 ha (55 acres) of gardens year around. In Spring, countless tulips, daffodils and hyacinths will give you a buffet of fragrances and colours. You’ll be saying “wow” when you experience our Summer: The Rose Garden, evening entertainment, subtle night illuminations, the Saturday firework show, and boat tours to name a few of the delights. Perennial borders start their stunning show in late summer, and the Japanese maples turn to russet, gold, and red in the fall. Be captivated by the Magic of Christmas with its decorations, expansive lighting and outdoor ice skating rink. Top off the day with a ride on the carousel and a great meal. Come see why we’ve been designated a National Historic Site.
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Brent Z
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada38 contributions
Season's pass holders
Feb 2021
if you live in the local area, consider buying a Season's Pass. We did this year and thoroughly enjoyed watching the changes from week to week in the early spring.

The changes are less dramatic in the summer months, but we still enjoy going to walk the gardens.
Written June 15, 2021
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Kaismom
Langford, Canada235 contributions
Wonderful!
Jun 2021
What a wonderful place to visit for a couple of hours! If it rains they provide umbrellas. Places to sit, eat and have tea. Gift shop with lots of wonderful gifts and lots of local art pieces. The layout makes for a comfortable walk and is wheelchair accessible as well. Something to see all year long.
Written June 10, 2021
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trcollis
Victoria, Canada6 contributions
reduce the rates if you are cutting back on flower displays during Covid
Jun 2021
Hardly any flowers there in April or early June when we went. Flower beds were dead looking and needed water badly. We basically saw phlox flowers and not much else.
Written June 4, 2021
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433francesl
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
Incredible gardens in the spring.
May 2021
Visited in early May and was well worth the 30 minute drive. The beauty of the gardens took my breath away - especially the Sunken Garden.
Written May 11, 2021
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travelingmira
Vancouver, Canada7 contributions
First time at Buchart gardnends and we loved it!
Mar 2021
This was the first time for us to visit the gardens and we absolutely loved it. It was March and most of the plants were just buds but still we were in awe of the beauty of the place and promised to come again in summer. It is so big but everything is in perfect shape. So clean, so well maintained, the plants are so healthy, it all looked unreal. We kept wondering how many people must be working every day to ensure that the place is in such a great shape. Absolutely breathtaking! The entrance fee is not cheap but it is well worth it.
Written March 26, 2021
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Renay M
Victoria, Canada13 contributions
A must see on Vancouver Island
Jul 2020
I have lived in Victoria 10 years and never went until my mom and aunt came last summer. It was a lovely walk, gorgeous gardens and good ice cream too!
Written January 14, 2021
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Evelyn A
Victoria, Canada21 contributions
They're Trying ... But ...
Dec 2020
Our small social bubble visited Butchart's "fine dining" restaurant one mid December evening.

BC had just announced that Butchart Gardens had to turn off their seasonal lighting to avoid encouraging crowds -- which we understood and supported. However, what we did NOT anticipate was that they did not put up any caution signs or low lighting to protect walkers going to their restaurant in the dark raining night. I smashed into one of the large/wide concrete-and-thorns and still have the wounds on my right leg. We noticed there were at least two other very dark structures, also in the middle of the walkway, which were not marked or lit.

The restaurant considers itself a fine dining place (and it has been in the past). All tables were nicely spaced apart, however obviously no one had actually tried seating for design/ ambiance -- two of us looked straight at a bland wall, when a simple quarter turn of the square table would have had both sides of the table with views of at least the restaurant interior. Second, the staff waited until everyone had completely eaten both side dishes and entrees, letting us sit looking at dirty plates for 10 minutes, and then two staff would swoop down and clean off -- it almost felt like we were at Tim Hortons and the dirty dishes wheeled trolley was right behind us.

Butcharts has quite the challenge to keep its business going during covid-19. However, with a few little tweaks they could so easily bring themselves up to the "fine dining" ambiance they would like locals to remember once our international guests return.
Written January 10, 2021
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dryan01
Langford, Canada5 contributions
Excellent
Sep 2020
I have a season’s pass and I go for high tea at lease once or twice per year and I always enjoy myself.
Written December 13, 2020
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EMP1963
Edmonton, Canada152 contributions
Beauty in November!!
Nov 2020
We visited Butchart Gardens just last week on a recent visit to the Island. What a wonderful, beautiful place, even in November! A very nice way to spend our first morning on the Island. At the end of our tour, we enjoyed a lovely hot beverage by the fire. Definitely worth a visit - at any time of year!!
Written November 18, 2020
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jessicamulholland57
2 contributions
Beautiful place
Dec 2019 • Family
Beautiful place, have been in the summer and in the winter . The atmosphere is amazing at Christmas time it really gets you in the Christmas spirit and the fire working in the summer are a great family fun event .
Written November 10, 2020
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