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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

went there a while ago with family and had a great time. even if your not into plants and flowers etc.... it is still a time well spent and relaxing.

Visited November 2011
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Surrey, Canada
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114 reviews
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

If you visit Victoria, these gardens are a must see, especially the fireworks during the summer!

Gardens: The gardens are huge and it can easily take a few hours to stroll through the gardens and admire their beauty and maintenance. The different sections are inspired by different cultures and totally transform your surroundings..

Firework show: The fireworks were certainly worth waiting for. It may be useful to go early (around 3 or 4 pm) to secure a good viewing spot using a blanket. You will not be disappointed!

Other amenities: The gift shop is very reasonably priced for a tourist attraction. Gelato in the Italian gardens were pretty standard. The food at the Poppy Restaurant was pricey but good.

Visited September 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens... a must see!!!”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

A wonderful place where you can see a huge variety of flowers, trees, shrubs, plants, fountains, streams and ponds.
You should have a lot of memory available on your camera!!!

Visited September 2012
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Santa Clara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Love it!!!!”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

We did a excursion and part of it was a few hours at Butchart Gardens, all I can say is wow!!! It was so beautiful and amazing. Walking through the gardens was so amazing, just wish we could of stayed longer. The only down side was it was before the roses were in bloom, would of loved to have been there when they are in full bloom, I can only image how amazing it must look and smell. If we get the chance we will be sure to come back and spend more time next time around!

Visited May 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2012

If you are in the area or planning a trip to BC, Butchart Gardens is a must do. The gardens are stunning. The sunken garden is amazingly beautiful. Lovely, all of it!

Visited September 2012
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