The Butchart Chronicles : March 24, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for March 24, 2016

This is the most exhilarating time of the year in the garden as you can almost feel the pulse of the energy that emanates from the earth as new growth pushes out of the ground and the entire landscape comes to life. The theme of new life is especially fitting as we celebrate Easter this weekend!

In the garden this weekend there will be an abundance of bunnies on display for the children to find and when they have completed their search they will be able to claim a prize. Evidently the Easter Bunny has its origins with the Saxons who would adorn their villages with rabbits carved from wood. The prize the children collect (chocolate eggs) symbolize rebirth or renewal in many cultures and this also ties in nicely with the rebirth and renewal in the garden.      

As you can see in the list below, there is an abundance of colour and fragrance to experience throughout the garden and as this is the last week of our fabulous Spring Prelude display you have an even greater reason to visit!

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Daffodils and Pink Trees at The Butchart Gardens


Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abeliophyllum (White forsythia)
  • Anemone blanda
  • Bellis (English Daisy)
  • Bergenia
  • Caltha
  • Camellia
  • Chionodoxa
  • Cornus mas
  • Corylopsis
  • Correa (Australian fuchsia – in containers at Carousel)    
  • Crocus
  • Daphne
  • Edgeworthia
  • Eranthis (Winter aconite)
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Euphorbia
  • Forsythia
  • Fritillaria
  • Helleborus
  • Kerria
  • Lysichiton 
  • Magnolia
  • Myosotis (Forget-me-not)
  • Narcissus (early varieties)
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus
  • Polyanthus/Primula
  • Prunus (Ornamental Cherry/Plum)
  • Pulmonaria
  • Pulsatilla
  • Rhododendron
  • Ribes
  • Scilla
  • Tulips (earliest varieties)
  • Viburnum tinus   

Easter at The Butchart Gardens


What’s blooming in the Spring Prelude

  • Anthurium
  • Azalea
  • Begonia - Rieger
  • Bromeliad
  • Camellia
  • Cercis
  • Cornus mas (Cornelian cherry)
  • Convallaria (Lily-of-the-Valley)
  • Corylopsis
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Edgeworthia
  • Forsythia
  • Gerbera
  • Hyacinth
  • Jasminium polyanthum (White or Pink Jasmine)
  • Magnolia
  • Narcissus
  • Orchid (Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum)
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus/Primula
  • Prunus (Flowering Plum and Cherry trees)
  • Rhododendron
  • Ribes
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Spirea
  • Tulip
  • Velthemia

Easter at The Butchart Gardens