The Butchart Chronicles : October 21, 2016

Flower and Garden Report October 21st

This has been an excellent year for colourful fall foliage and the colours are especially radiant when the sun is lighting up the landscape. Our incredible collection of Japanese maples continue to amaze our visitors with colours covering every aspect of the fall colour spectrum from bright reds to brilliant yellows with warm shades of orange in between. The more quickly you come out to visit the better the chance that you have to experience this fleeting beauty.     


The planting of the garden continues at an incredible pace and the transformation to biennials and bulbs will be complete by the first week of November. Up until that time you can still find patches of chrysanthemums and of course the magnificent Dahlia border, but these too will soon be gone to make way for the fresh, new planting.   

In addition to the garden, our staff have created some wonderful seasonal displays using an unusual assortment of gourds, pumpkins and many other colourful plants. These displays create unique photo opportunities that our visitors really seem to enjoy.    

- Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

Plants in our garden with exceptional Fall Foliage

  • Acer (especially the Japanese maples)
  • Aralia
  • Cercidiphyllum (Katsura tree)
  • Cercis 
  • Cornus kousa
  • Cotinus  
  • Euonymus  (Burning Bush)
  • Quercus (Oak)
  • Rhus (Sumac)
  • Stewartia
  • Styrax
  • Fothergilla
  • Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
  • Liquidambar
  • Nyssa (Tupelo tree)
  • Pistacia chinensis (Chinese Pistachio)