Summer - June 15 – September 2 : 8:45 – 22 / September 3 - 15 : 8:45 – 21 / September 16 – 30 : 8:45 – 17
Autumn - October 1 – 31 : 9:00 - 16 / November 1 - 30 9:00 -15.30
Christmas - December 1 – January 6 : 9 - 21 / December 25 : 13 - 21
Winter - January 7 – February 28 : 9:00 - 15.30
Brentwood Bay, BC Canada
Over a century ago, Jennie Butchart began building what is now one of the world’s premier floral show gardens.
The story of Butchart gardens right now
The renown of the family owned gardens is widespread. Each year over a million bedding plants in some 900 varieties give you uninterrupted bloom from March through October. Almost a million people visit annually for spring’s colorful flowering bulbs; summer’s riot of colour, entertainment and Saturday Fireworks; fall’s russets and golds; the Magic of Christmas’ decorations; and winter’s peacefulness.
Let we show you the gardens and give you a taste of what you’ll experience
The Sunken Garden
You see a spectacular view of the Sunken Garden from the lookout. Deep expansive walls (remnants of the old quarry) cradle beds of annuals, flowering trees, and unique shrubs. A central rock mound, the graceful Ross Fountain, and plantings in the Bog Garden all add to the unique nature of this unforgettable garden.
The Rose Garden
Near the Concert Lawn, rose-laden arches greet you with bright colours and luscious scents (summer/early fall). Bordered by magnificent Pacific Giant delphiniums, the garden has an extensive collection of floribundas, ramblers, climbers and Hybrid Tea Roses (summer/early fall). We’ve marked each rose variety by name, origin and year registered with the American Rose Society.
The Japanese Garden
A Torii gate marks the entrance to our serene Japanese Garden. Gentle paths (dotted with Himalayan Blue Poppies in the late spring) guide you by streams, ponds and bridges. Japanese maples and beech trees rustle softly giving a peaceful experience. Jennie Butchart, with assistant Isaburo Kishida, an expert Japanese landscaper, completed this garden in 1906. If you visit in the summer, be sure to take a boat tour of Tod Inlet from the wharf near the bottom of the garden.
The Italian Garden
The Italian Garden bounded by two arched entrances. This garden, originally the Butchart’s tennis court, has a bronze statue of Mercury and an intricate cross-shaped pond. This impressive garden was commissioned from Samuel MacLure, a prominent Canadian architect.
The Mediterranean Garden
Discover our Mediterranean Garden. This fairly small area will surprise you with the arrangement of lush, exotic plants from around the world.
‘Stroll through the gardens and see why people return season after season, and year after year.’