The Butchart Chronicles : December 8, 2013

Garden Report For December 10 2013

Staff Picks


We have definitely moved into the west coast winter mode as many of the garden areas will remain frosty and frozen for the next week in light of this past week's light snowfall. Surprisingly enough, there are a few frozen flowers to be found as the Camellia sasanqua, Viburnum bodnantense, Polyanthus, Bellis and Pansy are braving the cold! 

The gardens do have a special, tranquil beauty during this time of the year. To truly appreciate the beauty in the garden you need to view it from a totally different perspective. Instead of being overwhelmed with colour and fragrance, the beauty is much more subtle and is something that you experience by observing the structure of the plants and the many unique landscape features. 
Snowy Sunken Garden
The most colourful garden feature this week is the show greenhouse where we are showcasing a brilliant display of colourful Poinsettias.

-- Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

Special Interest (berries)

  • Callicarpa
  • Clerodendron
  • Cotoneaster
  • Euonymous europaeus
  • Hypericum x inodorum ‘Elstead’   
  • Pyracantha
  • Viburnum davidii
  • Viburnum tinus