The Butchart Chronicles : November 17, 2016

The Magic of Chistmas: 2017 TV Commercial

Tune into CHEK TV and CTV over the holiday season to see The Butchart Garden's Magic of Christmas commercial. Learn what we have in store for the holiday season and start your family tradition to last a life time.

Video footage: The Butchart Gardens
Editing: Bell Media
Airs on: CHEK TV, CTV

The Butchart Chronicles : November 17, 2016

Ice Skating at The Butchart Gardens

Enjoy Ice Skating During The Magic of Christmas Season

What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than skating at The Butchart Gardens?

As part of our Magic of Christmas season, we are pleased to offer ice skating in Waterwheel Square. Lace up during the day when the crowd is small and the winter day provides a beautiful backdrop, or come in the evening and skate under the stars, surrounded by Christmas lights.

To ensure an enjoyable experience for every visitor, skating is offered in sessions. Each skating session begin on the hour and last for forty minutes.

Looking for gift ideas? Order admission tickets through our online store.

The Butchart Chronicles : November 16, 2016

Local Jewelry at the Seed and Gift Store

Glee Jewelry at the Seed and Gift Store

Shop locally this holiday season. Visit the Seed and Gift Store to choose from a selection of accesories created by artisans from Victoria and the surrounding area.

Glee Accessories is one of the local jewelers featured in our Seed and Gift store. These pieces are simple and clean designs inspired by the organic natural beauty of the west coast.

These beautiful pieces appeal to all ages with their elegant and durable designs. Come by and take a look today.

The Butchart Chronicles : November 16, 2016

A Testimony to Weddings at The Gardens

Testimonials from happy couples who celebrated their big day at The Butchart Gardens

Every year between January 15th and March 31st we host beautiful weddings in the Spring Prelude garden.

This special indoor garden features flagstone paths, water fountains and ponds, flowering cherries and witch hazels and beds of daffodils and tulips. This is truly a beautiful setting to celebrate a wedding.

Don't take our word for it, though. These testimonials are from brides and grooms who have celebrated their big day at The Butchart Gardens.

"Our wedding day was everything we hoped it would be. What a beautiful venue! We plan to visit the Spring Prelude Garden every year on our anniversary and reminisce about our special day."    - Solange & Ray

"Thanks again for the help in the process. Every guest enjoyed visiting the garden so much! It was our pleasure to have the wedding there. I'll recommend the garden to all our friend thinking about wedding venues."     - L & J

"Thank you, Sarah. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and Alison and April - and our wedding was perfect in every way. Thank you so very much!!!!"  
- Amber and Keith

"Having our wedding at the Butchart Gardens, and having Sarah be our “right-hand girl” made the best memories we could have ever had! Sarah and her team were so friendly and fun to work with, and accommodated our every whim. She made sure everything was perfect, from the day-before rehearsal to our final departure after our reception dinner. As we had to plan our wedding from Drumheller AB, Sarah was in communication with us with every question at every stage, and she managed the coordination with all of our outside vendors impeccably! There was no question we had that Sarah didn’t have an answer for, she truly made our wedding planning seamless! Every element had it’s own highlights..the Bridges, stepping stones, Japanese Garden, Sunken Garden, even the cherry blossoms were flourishing. The transformation from the Blue Poppy Restaurant to the Spring Prelude Garden was spectacular, and the night illumination dazzling! We’d also like to extend a special Thank You and compliment to the Chef, culinary and service staff.  Everything from the service to presentation to the deliciousness of every appetizer and every entrée wasn’t just food and dinner..it was a dining experience! Fan-tabulous! If we had it to do all over again, we wouldn’t change a thing, our wedding was truly enchanting! Countless compliments from our guests, and countless memories for us!" 
- Laurie and Randy

Photo credit: Deanna McCollum Photography

The Butchart Chronicles : November 16, 2016

Communities in Bloom 2016

Butchart Gardens Involvement in Communities in Bloom

The Butchart Gardens is a proud supporter of Canada’s Communities in Bloom program and for the past 8 years have sponsored the ‘Best Land reclamation Award’.

This award is really a tribute to a community that has had the vision and spirit to reclaim and beautify a neglected and unattractive site. We sponsor this award because the Sunken Garden was one of the most recognized reclamation projects of its time.

The Sunken Garden Reclamation

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.

Every year many communities participate and provide detailed submissions of the various projects that they have undertaken. We look for criteria such as the overall benefit to the community, volunteer participation and of course the horticultural component, which from the perspective of beautification, is very important to us.

Each year we come across one submission that stands out from the rest - one community that exceeds the criteria that we are looking for and exemplifies the community spirit and participation that is so important to the Communities in Bloom program.

This year the award went to the town of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.

To see the Communities in Bloom Fall 2016 publication, visit their magazine.

The Butchart Chronicles : November 10, 2016

Flower and Garden Report November 10th to 17th

I didn’t think that I would be writing about flowers at this time of year, but we are very thankful that there is still one group of plants that continues to bloom for us - especially now that most of the colourful fall foliage has disappeared.

The plants that I’m still so impressed with are the perennial fuchsias which we have planted throughout The Gardens. These hardy perennials provide beauty for an incredibly long period of time and over the years we have built up quite a diverse collection.

The only remaining foliage colour of note are a few swaths of brilliant yellow leaves clinging to the Gingko trees and a small number of Liquidambar trees that are refusing to give up the remnants of their outstanding seasonal colour.

We are moving into a season of peaceful reflection in the garden, a time of rest and a time when we can experience Jennie Butchart’s garden in its purest and simplest form!

- Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

Fall Foliage   (remnants)

  • Gingko
  • Liquidambar

Special Interest (berries, bark, fruit etc.)

  • Acer   
  • Arbutus 
  • Betula 
  • Callicarpa    
  • Clerodendrum
  • Cotoneaster
  • Euonymus alatus
  • Euonymus europaeus 
  • Heptacodium     
  • Malus  (crabapple)
  • Nandina
  • Parrotia  
  • Pyracantha
  • Skimmia
  • Stewartia
  • Viburnum davidii
  • Viburnum tinus

The Butchart Chronicles : November 4, 2016

Flower and Garden Report November 3rd - 9th

This could be the last week for colourful fall foliage as any remaining leaves are clinging to the trees praying that another windstorm doesn’t come and blow them off their petioles! Our Japanese maples still continue to dazzle our visitors, even with their reduced canopies of leaves and many other plants are providing remnants of the seasonal colour – enough to still give you that warm autumn feeling.      

autumn in the Sunken Garden

The planting of the garden will be completed this week and anyone who may have witnessed any part of this process can attest to the fact that our gardeners are some of the hardest working and determined people around as they quickly completed this process during one of the wettest planting seasons that we can recall.

We will also be planting a special bulb display in anticipation of Canada’s 150th anniversary next year. The design will be kept a secret, but the location of the display will be visible from the patio that looks over the field where the Fireworks are staged.

- Rick Los, Director of Horticulture

Plants in our garden still providing colourful fall foliage.

  • Acer (especially the Japanese maples)
  • Cercis 
  • Cladrastis
  • Cornus kousa
  • Cotinus  
  • Enkianthus
  • Euonymus  (Burning Bush)
  • Gingko (just starting to show colour)
  • Quercus  (Oak)
  • Hamamelis  (Witch hazel)
  • Larix
  • Liquidambar
  • Liriodendron
  • Nyssa  (Tupelo tree)
  • Parrotia
  • Parthenocissus
  • Pistacia chinensis  (Chinese Pistachio)

The Butchart Chronicles : November 1, 2016

The 2016 Magic of Christmas Light-Up

Discover all that The Butchart Gardens has to offer during the Magic of Christmas season.

On December 1st, please join us as the switch is thrown to light up our Christmas display. Some of the festivities you can look forward to are:

Watch this video for a glimpse of what you will experience during the Magic of Christmas season.

The Butchart Chronicles : October 31, 2016

A Year at The Gardens

The Butchart Gardens has a unique experience to offer in every season. This video shows what you will experience throughout the year at The Gardens.

The Butchart Chronicles : October 26, 2016

Fall at The Gardens

The Butchart Gardens is filled with vibrant flowers and foliage in the fall months. Some of the highlights of the season include:

  • The brilliantly colourful canopy in the Japanese Garden
  • The Sunken Garden lookout: see the colour contrasts from above
  • The pathway alongside the Sunken Garden: colour above and around you
  • The Dahlia border: these beautifully intricate flowers are incredibly photogenic
  • The patterned beds in the Italian Garden: our gardeners get creative
  • The Dragon Fountain and surroundings

Watch this video and visit our Facebook page to get a taste of fall at The Gardens.

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