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 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.
The Sunken Garden includes "the Mound" (51 stairs to the top) and Ross Fountain.
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.
The Japanese Garden is exquisite in decor and plantings. Click here for a photo tour dedicated to this peaceful Japanese Garden.
The Italian Garden, including Star Pond
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!"
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.
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.
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: