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The Butchart Chronicles : July 21, 2017

Flower and Garden Report July 20th - 27th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report July 20th - 27th, 2017

By Thea Hegland

One visit to The Butchart Gardens is all you will need to become enamored. The Gardens instill an atmosphere of inspiration. Jennie Butchart's artistic vision has gifted us a beloved jewel here on the Saanich Peninsula. It is very evident her legacy is everlasting; visitors travel from far and wide to experience the enchanting Gardens.

It's the little details that are considered that result in outstanding garden displays. Dedicated staff keep The Gardens meticulous, while carefully planned flower beds flow seamlessly throughout the property. Mature trees and shrubs provide significant framework and lush lawns offer quiet green space between the seemingly endless paths. 

With the long warm summer days we have finally been enjoying, the gardens are thriving. Flower beds are filled with colorful annuals that are in full bloom and the perennial borders are just peaking now. Each day there is something new to admire!

Deserving attention this week is our fine collection of Lilies. The soft pale peach color of Lilium ‘Saltarello’ simply stuns; Lilium superbum ‘Turkscap lily’ with its bright-orange, pendent, recurved flowers grace the many perennial borders.

The Italian Garden is an explosion of hot and spicy colors. Once a tennis court, this formal garden boasts dramatic flower beds filled with Rudbeckia, Tagetes, Lantana and Cuphea. The Cross Pond is surrounded by bright red Geraniums and a complementary Salvia farinacea is creating a pleasing focal point. I highly recommend indulging in a refreshing gelato from our Gelateria located right in The Italian Garden – it’s the best way to take in the beautiful surroundings!

With so much to see at The Gardens this week, you will be sure to feel truly inspired.

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon (Flowering maple)
  • Acanthus spinosus ( Bear’s breeches)
  • Achillea
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Alocasia ( Elephant’s ear)
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Aruncus (Goat’s beard)
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia (Masterwort)
  • Begonia
  • Callistemon
  • Catalpa bignonioides( Indian bean tree)
  • Centaurea macrocephala (Giant knapweed)
  • Cereus ‘Queen of The Night’ ( Night blooming cactus)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Dahlia
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Dierama (Angel’s fishing rod)
  • Fuchsia
  • Helianthemum (Rock rose)
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Inula
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula (Lavender)
  • Leptospermum (Tea tree)
  • Lilium (Lily)
  • Lysimachia
  • Olearia (Daisy bush)
  • Optunia
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Primula pulverulenta (Candelabra primula)
  • Romneya coulteri (Tree poppy)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy)
  • Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
  • Spartium junceum (Spanish broom)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Tecoma
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Thermopsis villosa (Carolina lupine)
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia
  • Zinnia
 
The Butchart Chronicles : July 14, 2017

Flower and Garden Report July 13th - 19th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report  July 13th – 19th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

From the moment you arrive at The Gardens, you become very aware of the surrounding beauty. The Butchart Gardens is an oasis nestled among the stunning backdrop of a mature forest on the shores of beautiful Tod Inlet. Impressive Thuja plicata (Western red cedar) and Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir) tower along the pristine green water providing an idyllic setting.

Along the entrance road, Robinia pseudocacacia ‘Frisia’ (Golden form of a Black locust tree) compliment Prunus cerasifera ‘Pissardii’ (Purple plum) in majestic form. The promise of the imposing garden lures you in.

Once inside The Gardens, it is not uncommon to become lost in the beauty. With so much to see this time of year, it is easy to spend hours wandering the paths.

The container plantings are stunning, with inspired combinations of unusual plants and classic favorites. Tropical plants accent our traditional plantings; Alocasia ‘Sarian’ (Elephant’s ear) is bold and daring; Brugmansia (Angel’s trumpet) makes an impression while the Phormium adds structure.

Our Children’s Garden is whimsical. Bursting with a collection of unusual plants - Abutilon, Colocasia, Farfugium and Iochroma (Ornamental eggplant) accented by exotic grass Cyperus papyrus ‘King Tut’and striking Hakonechloa macra.

Hint: At nightfall, be sure to look for the Cereus (Night blooming cactus) with its unique funnel- shaped flowers.

While there is endless exploring to be had, it's nice to take a rest in the cool shade on the Concert Lawn and simply enjoy the moment because you still have the rest of the garden to explore. I recommend that you stop to smell the Cosmos atrosanguineus (Chocolate cosmos) on the left before you reach the Japanese Garden- you will be pleasantly surprised!

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon ‘Red Tiger’(Flowering maple)
  • Acanthus spinosus ( Bear’s breeches)
  • Achillea
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Alchemilla (Lady’s mantle)
  • Alocasia ( Elephant’s ear)
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Aruncus (Goat’s beard)
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia (Masterwort)
  • Begonia
  • Bletilla ( Chinese ground orchid)
  • Callistemon
  • Catalpa speciosa ( Northern catalpa)
  • Centaurea macrocephala (Giant knapweed)
  • Cereus ‘Queen of The Night’ ( Night blooming cactus)
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Dierama (Angel’s fishing rod)
  • Fuchsia
  • Helianthemum (Rock rose)
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Inula
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula (Lavender)
  • Leptospermum (Tea tree)
  • Lilium (Lily)
  • Lysimachia
  • Philadelphus (Mock orange)
  • Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ (Mayapple)
  • Primula pulverulenta (Candelabra primula)
  • Romneya coulteri (Tree poppy)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
  • Spartium junceum (Spanish broom)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Thermopsis villosa (Carolina lupine)
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia

 
The Butchart Chronicles : July 7, 2017

Flower and Garden Report July 6th - 12th , 2017

Flower and Garden Report July 6th – July 12th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

Summer evenings at The Butchart Gardens are special. They instill life long memories of moments when time just seems to stand still. An evening visit to The Gardens is nothing short of enchanting as it is usually a quieter time, the air is warm and the low sunlight softly filters among the trees creating a peaceful ambiance.

Sometimes it’s the little things that catch the eye like a Hummingbird enjoying the sweet nectar from a dazzling Fuchsia and the delicate Nymphaea (Water lily) floating on the tranquil Sunken Garden Lake - also something not to be missed!

My personal favorite bloom this week is the Catalpa speciosa (Nothern catalpa), located on the Concert Lawn. This tree bears beautiful white orchid-like blossoms that are simply stunning in the evening light.

Finally, particularly significant these days is our Begonia collection. While we grow many types, it is the Tuberous begonias that steal the show. These gorgeous flowers cascade from hanging baskets, and are in flower beds planted in profusion. With over 10,000 plants in vivid colours, bright oranges, vibrant yellows, bold reds, shades of pink to classic white, the Tuberous begonias are the definite showstoppers of The Gardens this week.

Enjoy!

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon ‘Red Tiger’(Flowering maple)
  • Acanthus spinosus ( Bear’s breeches)
  • Achillea
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Alchemilla (Lady’s mantle)
  • Alocasia ( Elephant’s ear)
  • Aruncus (Goat’s beard)
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia (Masterwort)
  • Baptisia
  • Begonia
  • Bletilla ( Chinese ground orchid)
  • Catalpa speciosa ( Northern catalpa)
  • Centaurea macrocephala (Giant knapweed)
  • Clematis
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood)
  • Cosmos
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Fuchsia
  • Helianthemum (Rock rose)
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Inula
  • Kalmia (Mountain laurel)
  • Kolkwitzia (Beauty bush)
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula
  • Leptospermum (Tea tree)
  • Lysimachia
  • Philadelphus (Mock orange)
  • Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ (Mayapple)
  • Primula pulverulenta (Candelabra primula)
  • Romneya coulteri (Tree poppy)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
  • Sambucus
  • Spartium junceum (Spanish broom)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Styrax
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Thermopsis
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia

 
The Butchart Chronicles : June 30, 2017

Flower and Garden Report June 29th - July 5th

Flower and Garden Report June 29th – July 5th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

Walking around today I feel so fortunate to be here. The weather has been wonderful and the garden is responding rapidly. The annuals have all been planted and the perennial borders are bringing pleasant surprises daily. Fragrance is everywhere and flowers are coming fast and furious. I am excited to see what’s around the next corner down the meandering paths today.

Descending into the Sunken Garden I am mesmerized by the sweet smell of Spartium junceum, Spanish broom. The bright yellow blooms are up on the top of the old Quarry, on the left-hand side, as you look down. Not to be confused with the ever invasive Scotch broom (Cystisus coparius), the Spanish broom is a true garden delight.

The Rose Garden is coming into its glory right on time in spite of our long, cold winter and spring. Entering the Rose Garden you will pass fragrant Sweet peas. Gorgeous Rose blossoms spilling over arbors seem endless. Delphiniums grace the background in shades of blue. Sweet alyssum borders the Rose Garden adding to the wonderful summer fragrance.

After the delights of the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden never disappoints. It offers the quietest surprises. Amongst the canopy of Japanese maples, lush Bamboo and delicate Ferns you will find some exquisite blossoms on the Podophyllum, ‘Spotty Dotty” (Mayapple). See if you can spot it.

Take your time and enjoy the many wonders of The Butchart Gardens this week.

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon ‘Red Tiger’(Flowering maple)
  • Acanthus spinosus ( Bear’s breeches)
  • Achillea
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Alchemilla (Lady’s mantle)
  • Aruncus (Goat’s beard)
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia (Masterwort)
  • Baptisia
  • Centaurea macrocephala (Giant knapweed)
  • Clematis
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood)
  • Cosmos
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Helianthemum (Rock rose)
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea
  • Inula
  • Kalmia (Mountain laurel)
  • Kolkwitzia (Beauty bush)
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula
  • Leptospermum (Tea tree)
  • Lysimachia
  • Philadelphus (Mock orange)
  • Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ (Mayapple)
  • Polemonium
  • Primula pulverulenta (Candelabra primula)
  • Romneya coulteri (Tree poppy)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
  • Sambucus
  • Spartium junceum (Spanish broom)
  • Stachys
  • Stewartia
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Styrax
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Thermopsis
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia

 
The Butchart Chronicles : June 23, 2017

Canada Day 2017 at The Butchart Gardens

Celebrate Canada Day at The Gardens

Join us as we celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary this Canada Day

What better way to ring in July 1st than with beautiful gardens, live music and fireworks?

We look forward to welcoming locals and visitors from around the world on this special day.

To help plan your visit, we have answered a few frequented asked questions below.

Do I need to reserve tickets?

No. You have the option of buying tickets ahead of time on our website or when you arrive at the admission gate. Fireworks and the concert are included with your admission price.

What time does the concert start and who is performing?
7:15pm, Tropic Mayhem

What time do the fireworks start?
10:15pm

Is it family friendly?

Absolutely! Plus, if you're bringing a stroller, utilize any of the accessible pathways throughout The Gardens


Can I bring a picnic?
Yes. Feel free to bring your own picnic and picnic blanket. Please do not bring your own alcohol. We would be pleased to serve you at one of our licensed venues.

Can I purchase food there?
Yes. Choose from a quick grab-and-go snack in the Coffee Shop, a meal at the family friendly cafeteria-style Blue Poppy Restaurant or reserve in advance for fine dining in the Dining Room Restaurant. There's also pre-packaged picnics available on Firework Saturdays.

What else is there to do?
- Rose Carousel for children and adults (complimentary on Canda Day)
- Boat Tours, a 45-minute scenic tour of Butchart Cove and beyond
- Play a game of chess on a giant chess board
- Treat yourself to house-made gelato at the Gelateria
- Shop for garden gadgets, seeds, gifts and much more at the Seed and Gift Store

Friendly reminder
Selfie sticks and smoking/vaping is not permitted anywhere on property.

 
The Butchart Chronicles : June 23, 2017

Flower and Garden Report June 22nd - 28th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report June 22nd - 28th, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

Summer has arrived and we are so thankful that the beautiful weather that is synonymous with summer has also arrived! We have had to deal with cool, cloudy and inclement weather over the past few weeks so this is a welcome relief.  

In spite of the weather, I have been very impressed with our Rose Garden this year as it’s just exploding with colour! As an added bonus, the delightful fragrances that emanate from these flowers is much more prevalent as the temperatures rise. Something to watch for in the coming week are the dozens of arches and fence lines that are draped with climbing roses of all types – these displays are simply spectacular.          

Throughout the gardens the bountiful borders of beddings plants are providing an abundance of early summer colour. Many of these borders have been cleverly designed so that the colour scheme will evolve throughout the summer – if you visit often, you will probably have noticed this.   

Some features that I would like to draw your attention to this week are the topiary figures that we have on display in various areas of the garden. We have a collection of both moss and living plant topiaries that you can find singularly or in small groupings. The most impressive display of topiaries that you will find here at the Gardens is featured on top of the roof of the Carousel building. Please take the time to check this out when you are in this area or you will miss this little bit of creative genius that our staff have put together for you to enjoy, 

As I mentioned last week, I encourage every visitor to take their time as they wander through the garden as there are many gems such as these that often get overlooked.

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon
  • Achillea
  • Alchemilla
  • Anthriscus
  • Aruncus
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia
  • Baptisia
  • Clematis
  • Cornus kousa
  • Cosmos
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus
  • Helianthemum
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea
  • Inula
  • Kalmia
  • Kolkwitzia (Beauty bush)
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula
  • Leptospermum (containers)
  • Lysimachia
  • Philadelphus
  • Polemonium
  • Primula pulverulenta – Candelabra primula
  • Sambucus
  • Stachys
  • Stewartia
  • Styrax
  • Thalictrum
  • Thermopsis
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia

 
The Butchart Chronicles : June 15, 2017

Flower and Garden Report June 15th - 21st

Flower and Garden Report June 15th - 21st, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

We have one week until summer officially arrives and the stage is set for another sensational season of colour in the garden. Although the weather hasn’t been too warm lately, the roses have still decided to begin blooming right on schedule and within the next couple of weeks we should be in full bloom in this special garden area. 

Throughout the garden we are still waiting patiently for the newly planted borders to completely fill in, but they are already starting to produce some great colour. In the meantime, the perennial borders continue to impress our visitors with a unique beauty that often gets overlooked. Highlights in the garden this week continue to be our collections of Peonies and Iris and as of this week the stately Delphiniums around the Rose garden are also starting to bloom.

One corner of the garden that I would like to draw your attention to this week is located at the junction of paths just before the washroom facilities near the Carousel. Here you will find a terraced bed loaded up with Fuchsias of all shapes, sizes and colours. The display is simply spectacular, but often gets overlooked as many visitors are on their way to someplace else! That being said, I encourage every visitor to take their time as they wander through the gardens as there are many gems such as this that often get overlooked.

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon
  • Alchemilla
  • Anthriscus
  • Aruncus
  • Astrantia
  • Baptisia
  • Clematis
  • Cornus kousa
  • Cosmos
  • Delphinium
  • Deutzia
  • Dianthus
  • Digitalis
  • Eschscholzia (don’t try pronouncing this one!)   California Poppy
  • Helianthemum
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)
  • Iris
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula
  • Lupin
  • Lysimachia
  • Meconopsis betonicifolia (Blue Poppy)
  • Nectaroscordium (Sicilian Honey garlic)
  • Paeonia  (Peony – including the Tree peonies)
  • Philadelphus
  • Podophyllum (May Apple)
  • Polemonium
  • Primula pulverulenta – Candelabra primula
  • Sambucus
  • Stachys
  • Thalictrum
  • Thermopsis
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia
  • Viburnum
  • Weigela

 
The Butchart Chronicles : June 9, 2017

Flower and Garden Report June 8th - 14th 2017

Flower and Garden Report June 8th - 14th, 2017

Written by Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

 

Our gardeners are completing the last stages of the summer planting and as usual, they have done an amazing job keeping the gardens in pristine condition throughout this demanding process.

Although they are providing some colour, we will now be waiting patiently for the newly planted borders to fill in. In the meantime, the perennial borders continue to delight our visitors with a unique beauty that often gets overlooked. Our extensive collection of sensational Peonies and Iris are literally stopping visitors in their tracks - sometimes causing such excitement that traffic gets blocked for hours! Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but I dare anyone to try walking by these beauties without stopping at least once.

The rhododendrons and azaleas are winding down as summer winds up. Their glorious displays of colourful blooms will be cleaned up for the year as our staff meticulously deadhead/remove every single spent flower.

As you can see from the list below, there is plenty to see as the garden continues the transition into the fullness of its summer beauty!        

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon
  • Anthriscus
  • Aruncus
  • Azalea
  • Baptisia
  • Campanula
  • Ceanothus
  • Centaurea montana
  • Cerastium (Snow-in-Summer)
  • Choisya
  • Clematis
  • Cornus kousa
  • Cosmos
  • Deutzia
  • Dianthus
  • Dicentra
  • Digitalis
  • Eschscholzia (don’t try pronouncing this one!)   California Poppy
  • Helianthemum
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Hydrangea petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)
  • Iris
  • Lathyrus (Sweet pea)
  • Lavendula
  • Leptospermum
  • Lupin
  • Meconopsis betonicifolia (Blue Poppy)
  • Nectaroscordium (Sicilian Honey garlic)
  • Paeonia  (Peony – including the Tree peonies)
  • Philadelphus
  • Podophyllum (May Apple)
  • Polemonium
  • Rhododendron
  • Saxifrage
  • Stachys
  • Thalictrum
  • Thermopsis
  • Thunbergia
  • Tradescantia
  • Viburnum
  • Weigela

 
The Butchart Chronicles : June 8, 2017

The 2017 Gallery

The Gallery adjoined to the Visitors Centre features locally-made artisan products for the home and garden


The Gallery

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The Gallery adjacent to the Visitors Centre features locally-made artisan products for the home and garden.  Everything is a hand-crafted work of art.


Come see the wide variety of The Gallery's featured artists who each add different dimensions to this year's display.  We are proud to offer something for every taste including pieces from glass art, recycled metal jewelry, fused glass, and sculptures. The Gallery staff is also pleased to tell you about each artist's unique story.


We continue to carry many favourites like Jack Willoughby who finds inspiration from the ocean and local beaches. Wendy Pierson Diamond from Island Rain Studio in Sidney, George and Kluane Bickerton from Sandscript Designs in Sooke, and Adam Straub from Makers Acres who grew up in the area close to The Gardens to name but a few. The works from these artists continue to evolve, providing The Gallery with many new and original pieces. Our outstanding local artists continue to be inspired by the sights, smells and textures of Vancouver Island and we are proud to support them. 

 

Do come and visit us at The Gallery. Enjoy both our favourites and our new products; shop for additions to your own home and garden, and for gifts for those special people in your life.  Remember, we ship worldwide and if you have a 12 month pass, you will receive a 10% discount in both The Gallery and The Seed and Gift Store. (details on your 12 month pass)

The Gallery

* Due to the unique nature of each piece, items pictured may not be available exactly as shown.



 
The Butchart Chronicles : June 8, 2017

The Butchart Gardens Visits Japan

19th International Roses & Gardening Show  

May 12th - 16th, 2017 | Tokyo, Japan

A couple of years ago a young man named Shimpei Oishi suggested to NHK Television (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) that a garden should be built at the International Roses and Garden Show in Japan to recognize Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Shimpei’s desire was to have a garden built to honour and showcase the beauty of The Butchart Gardens as he felt that this was, by far, the best garden in Canada.

Both NHK and The Butchart Gardens agreed to his proposal and a partnership was formed. Garden designer Mark Chapman consulted with The Butchart Gardens on the design of the garden and Mark actually came to personally visit us to get a better feel of what he was to be representing as well as what he might be able to create in a small-scale, indoor garden.

In the end, Mark was very successful in creating a show garden that embodied the essence of The Butchart Gardens.   

Ross McKay and I (pictured below) were honored to be sent to Japan to supervise the installation of this display as well as to participate in the opening ceremony which was officially opened by Princess Tomohito of Mikasa. 

We are delighted that nearly 200,000 visitors attending the show were greeted by this 'Welcome Garden'. We hope the garden provided them with a small taste of The Butchart Gardens experience, and will ultimately entice them to come for the full garden experience here in Victoria.

Quick facts about the 19th International Roses and Garden Show

  • Welcome Garden: The Butchart Gardens
  • Opening Ceremony: May 11, 2017
  • In attendance: Princess Tomohito of Mikasa (also known as Princess Nobuko)
  • Estimated show attendance: 200,000
  • Show Producer and Major Sponsor: NHK, Japan’s National Public Broadcasting Corporation
  • Garden Sponsor: NHK Educational Corporation
  • Garden Designer: Mark Chapman
  • Garden Promoter: Shimpei Oishi (Executive Director - FG Musashi Co. Ltd.)

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