The Butchart Chronicles : April 21, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for April 22, 2016

April 2016 Top Walk tulips at The Butchart Gardens

We have reached the peak of our spectacular spring bulb display and oh, what a view! Temperatures have been well above average over the past week and we experienced a high temperature of 27.7° C (82°F) which is, for us, a warm day in summer.

This is the very best time to view the spring display as the gorgeous crabapples are also in full bloom and the azaleas and rhododendrons are pushing out incredible colour.

More subtle beauty can be found in the intricate and more intimate plantings of Corydalis, Gentian or Lewisia which can be found in quieter areas beyond the main display borders.      

We have begun the formal planning next year’s spring bulb display, a process which we typically have done in early May, but the warm weather has pushed forced us to get this done a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. I can tell you that we have already planned some exciting new changes for next year as we hope to entice you to come see us (again) next spring!.   

Our staff have worked extremely hard to produce and maintain this incredible floral display and we sincerely hope that you have the opportunity to come out and fully experience the spectacular beauty of our amazing spring garden for yourself.  

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

First Himalayan blue poppy of the 2016 season at The Butchart Gardens

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Ajuga
  • Amelanchier
  • Azalea
  • Bellis (English Daisy)
  • Berberis darwinii
  • Bergenia
  • Brunnera
  • Camellia
  • Cercis
  • Cornus nutallii 
  • Corydalis
  • Corylopsis
  • Correa (Australian fuchsia – in containers at Carousel)    
  • Daphne
  • Dicentra
  • Doronicum
  • Enkianthus
  • Epimedium
  • Erythronium
  • Euphorbia
  • Exochorda
  • Fothergilla
  • Gentian
  • Geum
  • Helleborus
  • Iberis
  • Lachenalia  
  • Leucojum
  • Lewisia
  • Lysichiton
  • Malus floribunda 
  • Magnolia
  • Myosotis (Forget-me-not)
  • Narcissus
  • Paeonia (Tree peony)
  • Pericallis (Cineraria)
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus/Primula
  • Prunus (Ornamental Cherry)
  • Pulmonaria
  • Pulsatilla
  • Rhododendron
  • Rubus
  • Spirea
  • Trillium
  • Tulips

Walk under cherry blossoms at The Butchart Gardens - April 2016