The Butchart Chronicles : December 3, 2015

Garden Report for December 3, 2015

The Sunken Garden during the daytime at Christmas in The Butchart Gardens
This will be my last report for the year as the garden has fully transitioned into its tranquil winter mode. Our mild climate motivates some plants to act out of character at times and we have recently observed the very first daffodil blooming in behind what is typically our dahlia border. The Viburnum bodnantense is also providing some colourful interest (and fragrance) in the garden, but these horticultural delights are more of an anomaly in an otherwise subdued and peaceful garden.   

I invite you to come out and enjoy our beautiful garden now fully adorned in the lights and decorations of this special season. For the garden purist, the Japanese Garden will be especially satisfying as it presents itself in its simplest, unembellished form. This is truly a time for peaceful reflection as you will experience a quiet, subtle beauty in the garden that simply can’t be experienced in any other season.

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Japanese Garden - during the Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens
Special Interest/Berries/Flowers/Fruit/Bark

  • Acer capillipes (Snake bark maple - bark)
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese maples – unique form)
  • Acer griseum (Paper bark maple – bark)
  • Arbutus menziesii (bark)
  • Arbutus unedo (flowers)
  • Betula (Birch - bark)
  • Callicarpa (Beautyberry - berries)
  • Cornus (shrub dogwood)
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood – bark)  
  • Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form)
  • Cotoneaster (berries)  
  • Callicarpa (berries)
  • Euonymus alatus (bark)
  • Euonymus europaeus (berries)
  • Helleborus (flowers) 
  • Jasminium (winter Jasmine – flowers)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
  • Nandina (Heavenly bamboo- berries)
  • Parrotia (Persian Ironwood – bark)
  • Platanus (London plane – bark)
  • Pyracantha  (berries)
  • Sequoia sempervirens ‘pendula’ (Weeping Sequoia – unique form)
  • Skimmia (berries)
  • Stewartia (bark)
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)
  • Viburnum bodnantense (flowers) 
  • Viburnum davidii (berries) 
  • Viburnum tinus (berries/flowers)  

Italian Garden in the daytime during Christmas