The Butchart Chronicles : September 15, 2017

Summer 2017: A Season in Review

Highlights from Summer 2017

A season in review

It's hard to believe that the long hot days of summer are beginning to get shorter and the nights longer and cooler. While we are sad to say goodbye to the sunny summer months, we are also very much looking forward to everything that autumn brings. From vibrant fall foliage and seasonal blooms to cozy sweaters and warm drinks.

Before we jump into autumn, let's take a look back at some of the highlights from summer 2017.

1. An Amazing Summer Concert Series

There were over 60 consecutive performances this summer by bands from all across Canada. Every night hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of visitors gathered on the Concert Lawn to enjoy the evening entertainment. The Ricky Skaggs special event on August 16th attracted a lively bluegrass audience from near and far. The annual Victoria Symphony performance, lead by Tania Miller, was a huge hit with their melodies filling The Gardens with delight. Thank you to all the performers and visitors who joined us for Spectacular Summer Evenings.

2. Water Stations in Full Effect

As you may know, on World Water Day this past March, The Butchart Gardens implemented "Banning the Bottle". In other words, from March 22nd onward, we no longer sell single-use plastic water bottles. This move will eliminate 80,000 single-use plastic water bottles each year from the environment. Visitors supported this movement by bringing their own reusable bottles to fill up an any of the water stations located throughout The Gardens.

Tip for pet owners: many of these water stations also have a mini water station for your four-legged friend(s).

3. Canada 150 Presence

2017 is a big year for Canada. Locals and visitors alike are partaking in celebrations and activities throughout the year to recognize Canada's 150th anniversary. Our gardening department has kept this theme in mind with many of their beds and borders through the spring and summer months. In addition, on the Fireworks Lawn, there has been a giant '150' with an infinity symbol made with seasonal flowers since spring. It started by bursting into bloom with hundreds of red and white tulips that were later replaced with begonias.

In addition to our 150 themed plantings, Harbour Air's Canada 150 float plane made regular appearances in Butchart Cove.

4. Named a Top 10 Attraction in Canada by USA Today

USA Today opened up polls to its readers to vote on a number of "10 Top" categories. In the "Top 10 Attractions in Canada" category, The Butchart Gardens was listed among twenty destinations. Over the course of four weeks voters from all over the world voted daily for their favourites. In the end, The Butchart Gardens was named one of the top 10.

This summer brought visitors from around the globe and we look forward to welcoming more in the upcoming seasons. Stay up-to-date with events and current blooms by following Butchart Gardens on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.