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Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8X 3X4, 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.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8X 3X4, Canada
+1 250-652-4422
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Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

This is our second time here in 11 years and the gardens are as beautiful as remembered. Everything was in bloom and really gorgeous. There were quite a few visitors today so recommend getting to the gardens early. The whole family really enjoyed the visit.

Thank jake2771
Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

The Gardens were so colorful during this trip. We so enjoyed ourselves. We went on Saturday for the fireworks so we're at the gardens a long time. In future, for fireworks, I'd suggest arriving about 3 or 4. Reservations for afternoon tea and the dining...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed July 4, 2016

Absolutely beautiful garden, like nothing I have ever seen before. My favorite was the Sunken Garden (probably one of the most photographed spots) because it was very interesting to see how the garden was created in the limestone quarry. I also loved the Japanese garden...More

Thank Savanna I
Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

I assume everyone in the world knows where the Butchart Gardens are because the signage driving out of Victoria leaves a lot to be desired. That said in fairness when we finally found it I rather suspect I could not add anything that has not...More

Thank nigel w
Reviewed July 4, 2016

Went as part of a tour group, so we were limited on our time in the gardens. Trees flowers and sculptures as far as you can see. To take a giant pit and turn it in to this beautiful place had of been the undertaking...More

Thank emfritter
Reviewed July 3, 2016

A must see in Victoria B.C. Beautiful Gardens, wonderful walking paths. Unfortunately the many different flowers and plants are not marked with names. The snack bar is over-priced, no surprise, and has a poor selection of treats. If you stay past 4 PM on days...More

Thank michaelbkolsky
TBGSocialMedia, Social Media at Butchart Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2016

Thank you for your interest in The Butchart Gardens and for taking time to write a review. The summer entertainment program is part of our general admission ticket. There is NO EXTRA CHARGE for lovely evenings on the Concert Lawn (for the concerts) or for...More

Reviewed July 3, 2016

You must go to Butchart Gardens when you visit Victoria. It is the best garden I've ever seen. The Begonias were blooming when we went and I didn't realize the varieties and colors. We lucked out because we went before the summer rush. So, we...More

1  Thank Diane H
Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

The fireworks show is spectacular. The aerial fireworks are ok, but I've seen better, but the ground based fireworks, music, water effects and the venue add up to make it special. A combination of a good 4th of July show, A Disneyland fireworks show and...More

Thank Mike W
Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Expect to spend at least a couple of hours to soak the beauty in. Lots of shady areas to sit and meditate if you go during off-peak hours. There was a mob when we went on Canada day weekend, but still very delightful to wander...More

Thank Travelbug_Chicago09
Reviewed July 3, 2016

Lovely gardens and a lot to see. Easy to get around but a little difficult in places if you have mobility problems. Fine if you take it easy. I went in early Summer and the flowers were just stunning. Nice gift shop and restaurant. Can...More

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Brian S
we will be visiting the gardens off a cruise in the evening from 8pm till 11pm at the end of June 2017- will it still be too light out for the lights to take effect on the pathways and gardens. Will it even be worth the expense to go at this time of night?
June 19, 2017|
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Response from Bill H | Reviewed this property |
I have not been there at night, so I would not be able to tell you. However, I figure it would still be light for a lot of the time then.
Dale E
What are the flowers in bloom now (Jun 10th)?
June 10, 2017|
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Response from Jo444111 | Reviewed this property |
Their website should be able to answer this question, I went in April....
Do you recommend it at all for people who can't walk or stand for more then 30 min without pain?
June 1, 2017|
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Response from NickJB1234 | Reviewed this property |
there are seats all around the gardens but I guess a wheelchair would be a better option