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The Butchart Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed August 1, 2012

What an amazing place. Enjoyed it so much; even non gardeners would have to admire the creation of these gardens. They are perfect while still being natural. Wish I could do the winter festival here

Thank Megan S
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

This attraction is worth every penny! The gardens are immaculate, with blooming flowers everywhere! The restaurants (2 of them) were both good, although quite expensive. This is a wonderful way to spend a half day or so.

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Reviewed August 1, 2012

We visited the gardens in the middle of summer, and the staff have everything in full bloom. The flowers were spectacular, with many parts of the garden having dozens of types of lowers in bloom. We opted to do the additional water tour, which was an extra $19, and I don't think really worth the extra cost per person, but it was fun, too. The tour operator for that didn't seem particularly excited about the tour he was giving.

The rose garden has hundreds of varieties, the japanese garden was serene and beautiful, but the quarry garden was my favorite.

It was quite crowded around 11 AM when we showed up, which was probably pretty typical. I'd recommend getting there a bit earlier or later.

The entry fee is around $30 CD per adult, which seems high, but is worth the cost. They have 70 full time gardeners on staff, who are working VERY hard to keep everything perfect!

Thank lesbrown1974
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

What an amazing retreat! Loved everything, from the sunken gardens to the fountains to the rose gardens to the Japanese gardens.

Thank Av123456
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

If you like photographing flowers, you could spend an entire day here. Beautiful and some usual plants. Also I was impressed that they allow dogs!

Thank AmyW32
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