Robert Pim and Jennie Butchart bought a property at Tod Inlet in 1904 as a convenient place to live while operating their adjoining limestone quarry. When the quarry closed, Jennie decided to make it into a garden. Her descendents continue to manage the gardens and additions are still in progress. There is an Italian Garden, a Japanese Garden, a Sunken Garden, a Rose Garden and a Star Pond. The gardens are a very popular visitor attraction.
800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada, V8M 1J8
Open all year from 9am.
Varies depending on the season.
about 3 years by Marie Straus 5 / 5This is a fantastic place! We just live in Vancouver but try to visit the gardens at least once a year. Christmas is my favourite, with the 12 Days of Christmas theme running throughout. The summer evengings there are also a great treat. And - bonus! I just discovered last year that Accent Inns offers a really nice package deal if you're planning on visiting the gardens (http://www.accentinns.com/special-offers/arts-culture/butchart-gardens-package in case you're interested).
about 3 years by Kris Farring 5 / 5This is a fantastic garden, definitely world class. Stunningly cared for and open year round with garden spectacle after garden spectacle.
about 5 years by KiwiMe 5 / 5Over the past four years we have twice been in Brentwood Bay from the Sthn. Hem. to visit family. Within hours of arrival we are down at the Gardens buying our Annual Passes so that we can visit MANY times during our stay. We have seen the Gardens May, June, Sept., Oct. and they are a Wonder of the Modern World. The plants, from Ground Cover to Tall Trees, are so beautiful, the landscape design so well-fitted to the site; you never tire of a walk round Butchart, no matter the season or the day's weather. It's not just a gardener's or a photographer's Paradise - it's anyone's! We hope to be there again before too long! If I lived there, I'd be begging for a job, even a voluntary one!
about 6 years by David&Carole Saint 5 / 5We have just returned from a holiday in Vancouver and Victoria and visited the gardens for several hours. In my view these are the most stunning gardens I have ever seen, with the brilliant displays of spring flowers. I found every aspect of our visit a pleasure, including talking to the staff who are so enthusiastic.
almost 7 years by PCooper 5 / 5I've been twice in the spring - it is absolutely beautiful. I could visit again and again. Would love to see the gardens in different seasons. I understand why Butchart Gardens is on at least two lists of "The Ten Best Gardens in the World"!! Don't miss this experience if you are on Vancover Island!
almost 7 years by Anonymous 3 / 5Overrated. It's great if you like extremely formal, controlled gardens.
over 7 years by Anonymous 5 / 5Stunning, even beautiful during the fall. A must visit for any garden lover
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