- 22 hectares (55 acres) of gardens
- 50 full-time and 12 seasonal gardeners
- 26 green houses
Breathe deeply and smell the roses wandering acres of quiet paths showcasing colourful blossoms, trees and velvety lawns at a living national historic site. From azaleas to zinnias, something is always in bloom at The Butchart Gardens, depending on the season and the changing flowerbeds.
In 1904, Jenny Butchart turned her husband's exhausted limestone quarry into the dazzling gardens that today attract more than one million visitors a year. Climb to the top of the viewpoint, called "The Mound," for a panoramic view of the Sunken Gardens, surveying a profusion of brilliant spring tulips and catching the sweet scent of hyacinths on the way up. Stay into the evening to see flowers and shrubbery in the magical glow of Night Illuminations. Picnic on the Concert Lawn serenaded by a string quartet. Leave the gardens via Benevenuto Avenue ("welcome" in Italian), ensured of a renewed welcome on your return.
- Blooms, music and fireworks are all part of the ever-changing explosion of colourful sights and sound at The Butchart Gardens.
- Six distinctly different gardens feature horticultural styles inspired by Italian, Japanese and Mediterranean gardens. Ask one of the friendly staff gardeners to point out your favourite flowers.
- Get up close to totem poles. Watch sunlight dance in the changing water patterns of the Ross Fountain. Take a 45-minute eco-friendly electric boat tour from The Butchart Gardens to the wildlife viewing areas along the shoreline of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park.
- Enjoy dinner in the historic Butchart family restaurant, The Dining Room, overlooking the Italian Garden and Tod Inlet. Stroll through the glow of Nightly Illuminations to join the crowd cozying up on blankets to "ooh" and "ah" at the pyrotechnics show on Fireworks Saturdays.
- Victoria boasts an average of 2,183 hours of sunshine a year and is frost-free eight months of the year. Victoria takes top spot as an Environment Canada "Weather Winner" for the mildest winters in Canada. Spring flowers begin blooming in early March.
- Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
- All the gardens' public areas are wheelchair accessible, except for the Sunken Garden viewpoint.
- Wear comfortable walking footwear and apparel.
- Pets are allowed on a leash, but are discouraged during fireworks shows.
- Children and youth programs are available.
- Plan for at least three hours to fully explore the gardens.
- There is luggage and small item storage at the Visitor Information Centre.
- Parking is free for cars and RVs; bicycle racks are available.
- Located 23 km north of downtown Victoria, about a 30-minute drive. Get here by car, bus, bike or boat.
- See the drive and cycle map.
- Harbour Air offers a "Fly 'n Dine" tour to Butchart Gardens.
- Guest mooring at The Gardens' wharf is available for those arriving by private boat.
- Boat tours from Victoria can also include whale-watching.