Butchart Gardens Victoria

Butchart Gardens Victoria: A photo tour of buildings, gardens, statues, lawns, planters and much more that comprise all the Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC.

Take a photo tour of the grounds of Butchart Gardens. See each individual garden that comprises the whole "gardens," the buildings, statues, lawns, and seasonal plantings. We've even included a peak into the Christmas Lights at Butchart Gardens during the month of December. You might agree with us that Butchart Gardens can be spectacular through all four seasons.

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Butchart Gardens Victoria 

Butchart Gardens include 6 specific gardens, presented here in the order you are likely to encounter them when you visit: Sunken Garden, Bog Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, and Mediterranean Garden.

Additionally, you'll find many other delightful and unique features throughout the gardens. Photos of some them are seen below.

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Sunken Garden

Butchart Gardens in Spring while tulips are blooming

The Sunken Garden includes "the Mound" (51 stairs to the top) and Ross Fountain.

Click here for a gallery of photos featuring the Sunken Garden.

Ross Fountain in Butchart Gardens in Spring

The Bog Garden


The Bog Garden is technically a part of the Sunken Garden.

It is a typical Pacific Northwest shade garden in moist 'boggy' soil under towering evergreens.

Guests get a great view (but no access) into the Bog Garden from an elevated pathway.



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Rose Garden


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Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden is exquisite in decor and plantings. Click here for a photo tour dedicated to this peaceful Japanese Garden.

Butchart Garden Japanese Garden is aflame in autumn reds and oranges
Butchart Garden Japanese Garden is aflame in autumn reds and oranges

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Italian Garden

Butchart Gardens Italian Garden in Spring while tulips are blooming

The Italian Garden, including Star Pond

Cross-shaped pond in Italian Garden, at Butchart Gardens
Italian Garden at Butchart Gardens in Summer

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Mediterranean Garden

Don't forget to take a quick stroll through the Mediterranean Garden! It is situated near the parking lots, and features warm-climate plants. You'll even find a banana "plantation!"

Butchart Garden Mediterranean Garden
Butchart Garden Mediterranean Garden

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Other Features

  • Bronze statues here and there
  • Boating tours in Butchart Cove
  • Saturday evening fireworks throughout the summer
  • Concerts on the Lawn
  • Totem Poles - 30 feet tall, and 4 feet in circumference
  • Rose Carousel: $2.00/ride, of which some goes to charity
  • Wall of dahlias
  • Show Greenhouse with seasonal floral displays
  • 3 restaurants - Coffee Shop, Dining Room, and Blue Poppy Restaurant - plus a seasonal Gelateria and concession stand
  • Extensive gift shop
  • Many benches for resting throughout Butchart Gardens

Little Frog Fountain at Butchart Gardens
Kids can Kids can "ride" these colts, found in the Piazza Square beyond the Italian Garden
Fountain in the Italian Garden, Butchart Gardens
This sculpture represents a boar at the moment it awakens to the presence of hunters, just before a successful hunt.This sculpture represents a boar at the moment it awakens to the presence of hunters, just before a successful hunt.


Butchart Gardens Victoria - Planters

In Spring, the long planter lining the walkway between the Rose Carousel and the Rose Garden is a tulip planter.

Left: By the end of April, some of the tulips had faded away, but many were still blooming strongly.

In Summer and Autumn, the same planter is filled with spectacular dahlias.

Dahlias are replanted from fresh bulbs every spring - a nearly countless number of varieties along hundreds of feet bordering the Concert Lawn and stage. See Butchart Gardens Photos for many more photos of various flowers throughout Butchart Gardens, including dahlias.


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Christmas Lights in December 

During the drab days of December, the gardens are decked in the lights and trimmings of ChristmasDuring the drab days of December, the gardens are decked in the lights and trimmings of Christmas
December also brings a refrigerated ice rink. Skates can be rented.December also brings a refrigerated ice rink. Skates can be rented.
Christmas Lights at night at Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens Labor Force

We're told that Butchart Gardens employs up to 2,500 gardeners during the growing season, with that number dropping closer to 500 during the winter.

It takes about a month to fully replant the seasonal planters. First the spent plants are removed, the soil properly amended, and new young plants planted. Don't worry: You won't show up one day and find the entire park torn up to the bare soil. Planters are replanted on a schedule, as needed. On any given day, most of the planters will still be full of color, with just a few being newly planted.

It almost doesn't matter WHEN you choose to visit Butchart Gardens! You'll enjoy wonderful gardens no matter what the season.

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Cities Near Butchart Gardens Victoria

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Port Angeles is only 37.2 miles (59.9 km) south of Butchart Gardens, however requires a 90-minute Coho Ferry ride. Total transit time is likely to be approximately 2.5 hours. It's so worth it! 

But, if Port Angeles is not your starting point, then:

  • Victoria BC: 19.7 km (12.25 miles), approximately 26 minutes by car
  • Sidney BC: 15.6 km (9.7 miles), approximately 19 minutes by car
  • Vancouver BC: 103 km (64 miles), approximately 3.2 hours by ferry and car
  • Seattle: 120 miles (193 km), approximately 5 hours when traveling through Port Angeles and taking the Coho Ferry.