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“Limestone Mine To Amazing Butchart Garden”
Review of Butchart Gardens

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: Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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“Limestone Mine To Amazing Butchart Garden”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

For a lover of flowers a true love ground. Maintenance of plants is top class.visited last winter. I was totally mesmerized by the beauty of place.rightly selected as national historic site of Canada.

Visited November 2012
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“The flowers are as high as an elephant's eys”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Any time of the year it is a fine place for a day in the flower beds. You can enjoy all the perks of gardening with out having to stoop to plant, prune or weed. There are fireworks and concerts as well as a place for a cuppa tea, a place to shop and a place to dream about what would look good in your garden at that time of year.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

So much to see! Peace, colour, majesty, this is Vancouver Island's pearl. If you're coming to Victoria, this is a must any time of the year.

Visited December 2012
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“Unexpectedly great for toddlers”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

My 2 year old loves Butchart Gardens. Who knew? She can run around, the bronzes of animals are great, the staff are friendly and helpful and there are lovely older people who say 'hi' and indulge her. The carousel is her favourite thing. We have the punch card for it.

We got a year's pass which makes it very cheap since we go all the time. For one visit it is really pricey but we go about once a week and it works out reasonable for me and of course my daughter is free,

Visited February 2013
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“Excellent garden but there are cheaper alternatives”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Butchart Garden is an excellent facility and demonstrates what the passion of a single individual can achieve in restoring an area. The fireworks show on Saturday evenings in July and August is excellent (take a picnic supper and go before the show to enjoy the gardens first).

There are, however, several cheaper (sometimes free) gardens in the Greater Victoria area (listed alphabetically):
- Abkhazi Garden (admission charge)
- Beacon Hill Park (free)
- Government House (free)
- Playfair Park (free - best in spring for the Rhododendrons)
- Royal Roads University (pay parking)
- University of Victoria (pay parking)
- Walking Uplands or Broadmead neighbourhoods (free)

Short to moderate hikes for those interested in wildflowers:
- Bear Hill - Spring wildflowers
- Lone Tree Hill - Early to mid spring
- Mt Wells (primarily satin flowers in the early to mid spring)

Visited June 2012
2 Thank Michael M
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Butchart_Gardens, Public Relations Manager at Butchart Gardens, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
We believe we offer great value for our admission price. We derive all our revenue from gate receipts and onsite facilities. We receive no subsidies from any level of government.

While TripAdvisor is meant to critique the particular listing rather than to promote others, we'd like to take this opportunity to point out there are even more gardens on Vancouver Island than those the reviewer mentioned. We are a major supporter of the multi-garden Vancouver Island Garden Trail.
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