Butchart Gardens started over 100 years ago and has since gained International acclaim, as well as being made a National Historic Site of Canada. It definitely deserves the fame it has achieved world-wide with its spectacular landscaping and colour harmonies of each garden.
With many themed gardens intertwined into one, you’ll find a plenty of colour that will blow your mind as you walk from garden to garden: the Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden and Italian Garden. There is an impressive variety of flowers, and somehow they all seemed to be in full bloom. Also impressive is the fact that the Sunken Garden is recovered land from what used to be a rock quarry.
We found the gardens perfect for an outing with the kids. There was space for them to wander around, it tired them out, and it made for what felt like hundreds of stunning photos. The gardens are definitely kid friendly. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and even has a kids menu. The girls also loved that there was a carousel for them to ride; great touch! If you don’t travel with a stroller, or forget yours, there are strollers available for rent. Jacob (two months old), of course, enjoyed rolling along in the stroller for a nap. The trails are well paved and and we found the gardens easy to navigate.
Ideally, you’ll want to put aside at least 2-3 hours to wander these meticulously maintained gardens.It was such a delightful display. Even if you are not into gardens, you’ll find a photo opportunity at every corner; the composition of the gardens is stunning. There were also many serene spots to sit and enjoy the beauty.
Take a look at some of the beauty you could see for yourself:
We have heard stories of how magical the gardens are at Christmas, with the lighting and outdoor skating rink. We’re hoping to get back there to see it all lit up for the holidays. What would be better than skating around outside surrounded by pretty lights and a beautiful flower scene?
We also noticed that the garden is dog friendly! You’ll find a drink for Fido at the running water doggie drinking fountain, located at the top of the sunken garden.
Wandering the delightful display at Victoria’s Butchart Gardens should be on everyone’s to-do list when visiting Victoria, and we say that with not being gardeners by any means. In fact, our first real home garden attempt this last year didn’t go too well. You’ll really feel at peace as you wander through the gardens. Butchart Gardens can get really busy, especially during the summer. We arrived for opening and were happy to beat some of the crowd for the first little bit of our visit.
Another great stop after The Butchart Gardens, just five minutes down the road, is Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Thousands of butterflies, and up to 70 different species, roam free in their tropical gardens. It is quite the sight!
Have you been to Butchart Gardens? Where have you been to a Garden you really enjoyed?
Disclaimer: Our visit to the Butchart Gardens was sponsored, but as always, our opinions are our own.