The Butchart Chronicles : July 18, 2017

Greenhouse Tours in November


  • Every Sat & Sun in November
  • 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm


  • The Gardens
  • Meet at the Visitor Information Centre


  • Free with admission
  • Reservations required / Update: Tours are sold out. We are no longer taking reservations

Greenhouse Tours

Update: 2017 tours are officially sold out.


Our floral display garden is all about the flowers, many of which start their lives inside the greenhouses under the care of our watchful gardeners.  A Greenhouse Tour is your chance to see behind the scenes and ask questions about what goes on in these unique environments.

It is no secret every beautiful garden begins with TLC from a gardener.  Seedlings flourish in the cozy environment of our greenhouses until they are mature enough to be moved out to the gardens. Each greenhouse is designed for the specific needs of our various plants and provides the optimum conditions. Receiving a balance of hydration, light, and temperature, each seedling is nurtured by one of our dedicated gardeners to prepare it for the graduation from greenhouse to the display garden.


November is the time of year we give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into our greenhouses.  Poinsettias almost ready for our Magic of Christmas Season and a glimpse of our plants being readied for our indoor Spring Prelude are some of the highlights. We are sure you will take away an appreciation for the preparation it takes to ready our plants for our Five Seasons, and events like the Magic of Christmas season which begins December 1st and runs through until January 6th inclusive.


Tours are approximately one (1) hour and cover topics such as:
•    Propagation methods using seeds or cuttings
•    Overwintering of plants
•    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices
•    Challenges of indoor growing
•    Production of our diverse floral displays


Tours are free with admission to The Gardens however they are only available each Saturday and Sunday during November. Tours begin at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm and last approximately one hour. They begin at the Visitor Centre 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time and are limited to 15 people. (Please note the tours are not easily accessible for wheelchairs or children under 12) For more information or to make a reservation, please call 250-652-4422 x 203. Reservation line opens on Monday, Oct. 16th at 9am. Reservations will only be taken Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm

Reservations being taken beginning Oct. 16th.

Reserve early as space books quickly!