The Butchart Chronicles : September 13, 2015

November Greenhouse Tours


  • 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 - starting October 13, 2015
  • 250-652-4422 x203

Do you remember the first time you visited a greenhouse and were bombarded with the waft of humid, earthy smelling air?  It brings back memories, right?  We are used to scents here: roses in the Rose Garden, pines in the Japanese Garden, or even bergamot gently diffusing through the air and across the table during an autumn High Tea; yet, at this time of year, as our gardens ready for their winter sleep, we relish those wonderful memory laden greenhouse scents that hint at lushness lost to the frosty nights.

Greenhouse Tour

This 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 beginning on December 1st.

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.  This tour is your chance to ask about what goes on in these unique environments.  Some of the things you will learn on the approximately one (1) hour tour are:

  • Propagation methods using seeds or cuttings
  • Overwintering of plants
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices
  • Challenges of indoor growing
  • Production of our diverse floral displays

Greenhouse Tour
Interested yet?  Tours are free with admission to The Gardens. Tours happen on each Saturday and Sunday during November at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm and last approximately one hour. Tours start at the Visitor Centre and are limited to 15 visitors. (Not accessible for wheelchairs or children under 12.) For more information or to make a reservation, please call 250-652-4422 x203. Reserve Today!

Greenhouse Tour