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The Butchart Chronicles : March 31, 2016

Flower and Garden Report for March 31, 2016

Italian Garden looking towards a magnolia at The Butchart Gardens

The recent warm weather has advanced the spring bulb display, providing us with an exceptional range of early blooms. Typically we state that the peak of the bulb display is from the middle of April until the first week of May, but once again we need to adjust our schedule as nature has a way of messing up our best efforts and humbling us each year!

Of course it’s not only bulbs that are impacted by the weather, but it’s also the spectacular supporting cast of trees, shrubs and perennials that are moving forward ahead of schedule. The result is a multi-layered extravaganza of colour that truly needs to be seen to be appreciated.

As you can probably tell, we are extremely proud of what is considered by many to be the finest spring garden display in the world. It is our sincere hope that you have an opportunity to experience the legacy of exhilarating beauty that Jennie Butchart created for the whole world to enjoy.    

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Tulips on March 31, 2016 at The Butchart Gardens
Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Anemone blanda
  • Bellis (English Daisy)
  • Bergenia
  • Brunnera
  • Caltha
  • Camellia
  • Chionodoxa
  • Clematis armandii  (evergreen clematis)
  • Corylopsis
  • Correa (Australian fuchsia – in containers at Carousel)    
  • Daphne
  • Dicentra
  • Edgeworthia
  • Erica (Heather)
  • Epimedium
  • Erythronium
  • Euphorbia
  • Forsythia
  • Fritillaria/Fritillaria Crown Imperial
  • Helleborus
  • Iberis
  • Kerria
  • Lachenalia  
  • Leucojum
  • Lysichiton 
  • Magnolia
  • Muscari
  • Myosotis (Forget-me-not)
  • Narcissus
  • Osmanthus
  • Pieris
  • Polyanthus/Primula
  • Polygala
  • Prunus (Ornamental Cherry/Plum)
  • Pulmonaria
  • Pulsatilla
  • Ranunculus ficaria
  • Rhododendron
  • Ribes
  • Scilla
  • Stachyurus
  • Trillium
  • Tulips

Jennie's Private Garden inside The Butchart Gardens