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The Butchart Chronicles : March 8, 2018

Children's Birthday Parties at The Butchart Gardens

Host Your Child's Birthday Party at The Butchart Gardens


Spring is here and we are now taking bookings for children's birthday parties. The iconic venue is home to the Children's Carousel (pictured below), a private room, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking The Gardens.

Picture your child's birthday party without all the planning and work. Let our planning team take care of the logistics and our Food Services team take care of the food and clean up.

Birthday party packages are great value, including:

  • Exclusive use of the Carousel Room for two hours
  • Unlimited carousel rides for the children
  • Children’s admission 
  • Children’s food
  • Birthday cake
  • One chaperone admission for every three children
  • A gift for each child

The Carousel Room (pictured below) is a private room where your party can play games and have the birthday celebration. It is ajoined to the room where the carousel itself is located so children are never far away.

How to book:

  • View the Birthday Party Package for further details
  • Then, give our events planner a call at 250-652-4422 ext.320, or email groupres@butchartgardens.com
 
The Butchart Chronicles : March 6, 2018

Supporting a Space for Giants

The Butchart Gardens Supports March for Giants

A Space for Giants iniative, securing a future for large mammals in our world

Photo courtesy of Space for Giants

Space for Giants is an organization that supports the longevity and safety of elephants in Africa. Their mission:

"To secure a future for the largest mammals on Earth forever, to be enjoyed by humanity forever, by ensuring that they have the space and security to live and move freely in the wild, forever. Our vision is to develop new models for conservation that enable people to support and sustain populations of large wild animals and the natural landscapes they depend on."

An Elephant is killed every 25 minutes. In the last seven years, a third of all elephants have been wiped out. It will take 100 years for the numbers to recover.

The Butchart Gardens' donation will protect one elephant in the wild for the duration of its life and assist the Space for Giants organization in their work to recruit and train anti-poaching rapid response teams, secure protected landscapes, mitigate human-elephant conflict and work with Africa's judiciary system to strengthen prosecutions for poachers; all with the mission of protecting half of Africa’s elephants by 2020.

Photo courtesy of Space for Giants

As part of the #MarchForGiants campaign, we created a digital elephant bearing our logo.

March For Giants is the world's first campaign to link digital Billboards globally. It's a socially-driven initiative to mobilize both brands and individuals. Over a ten day period (March 8th - 17th), a herd of digital elephants continuously marched across key digital billboards around the globe, including Times Square, Hong Kong and London. There are also world leaders and citizens marching across continents this month, eventually meeting in Botswana where the Giants Club Summit will be hosting African Heads of State.

To find out more and to get involved, please visit their website: https://spaceforgiants.org/

 
The Butchart Chronicles : March 5, 2018

Easter Bunny Hunt

When: March 30th - April 2nd, 2018


The 2018 Easter Bunny Hunt

Easter Bunny Hunt

Easter weekend is an exciting time at The Gardens! From March 30th - April 2nd, children 17 and under are invited to participate in the annual Easter Bunny Hunt.

How It Works

1. We provide a map to children 17 and under

2. They use the map to mark the location of all 12 bunnies scattered through The Gardens.

3. Completed maps are turned in at the Visitor Information Centre for a special Easter treat. Children may also enter a draw for an Easter basket filled with goodies from The Butchart Gardens.

This fun activity takes place over Easter Weekend during open hours.
March 30- 31: 9:00am - 4:00pm
April 1-2: 9:00am - 5:00pm

If you are through the admission gate prior to the closing time above, you may stay for one hour after closing.

Enhance Your Easter Experience

We invite you to top off your Easter experience with Tea Service or a Spring Lunch in the Dining Room Restaurant. Children's menus are available.

To reserve, please call 250-652-8222, or reserve on OpenTable.

*No rabbits are harmed during these fun festivities – they are ceramic after all! 

 
The Butchart Chronicles : March 2, 2018

Flower and Garden Report March 2nd - 8th, 2018

Flower and Garden Report March 2nd - 8th, 2018

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant


February has flown by and the lion has roared in. March has arrived, with wild weather to stir up the excitement. From high winds, a cold snow–rain mix and sparkling sunshine. Expect anything and everything. Regardless of the weather, the promise of spring fills the air with much anticipation.

Delightful Viola (Pansy) baskets have just been put out through the gardens. These simple, yet understated, pretty flowers come in many colours with a light and sweet fragrance. Narcissus ‘Tete- a -Tete’ has risen from the ground in a burst of sunny yellow. Early flowering spring shrubs and trees are poised with elegant buds ready to burst. Magnolia stellata (Star magnolia), with its silky buds, and the Prunus cerasifera ‘Pissardii’, are a few warm sunny days away from exploding in to gorgeous blooms. Other highlights include the heavenly Helleborus (Hellebore), Erica (Heather), Eranthis (Winter aconite) and Abeliophyllum distichum (White forsythia).


Behind the scenes, the greenhouse technicians have been busy propagating plants for the upcoming seasons. Dahlia cuttings are taken, Begonia seedlings are ready to be “pricked out”, cuttings taken in January have been rooted and are now ready to make the journey from sand to soil as they are potted up. Greenhouse operations are very critical to the show of flora in The Gardens. March signals the start of the busiest time for the skilled technicians.

In the Spring Prelude, there is no shortage of blossoms. With only two weeks left until it’s gone for another year, I highly recommend a visit!

Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:

• Abeliophyllum distichum (White forsythia)
• Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
• Bellis (English daisy)
• Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
• Camellia
• Correa (Australian fuchsia)
• Cotoneaster
• Crocus
• Cyclamen
• Daphne odora
• Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)
• Erianthus (Winter aconite)
• Erica (Heather
• Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
• Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
• Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
• Helleborus (Christmas rose)
• Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
• Jasminium nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)
• Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
• Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
• Narcissus (Daffodil)
• Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
• Orchid
• Pulmonaria (Lungwort)
• Pansy
• Pieris (Lily-of-the valley shrub)
• Polyanthus (Primula)
• Pyracantha
• Rhododendron
• Sarcococca (Christmas box)
• Skimmia japonica
• Tulipa
• Viburnum x bodnantense
• Viburnum tinus
• Viola

Indoor plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:

• Amaryllis
• Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
• Azalea
• Bromeliad
• Camellia
• Convallaria (Lily-of-the-valley)
• Crocus
• Cyclamen
• Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
• Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)
• Erica (Heather
• Forsythia
• Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
• Helleborus (Christmas rose)
• Iris reticulata
• Kalanchoe
• Loropetalum chinese ‘Razzleberri’
• Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer magnolia)
• Medinilla magnifica
• Narcissus (Daffodil)
• Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
• Orchid
• Pachystachys lutea (Lollipop plant)
• Pansy
• Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
• Polyanthus (Primula)
• Prunus (Flowering plum)
• Ribes (Flowering currant)
• Sarcococca (Christmas box)
• Sciadopitys verticillate (Japanese umbrella pine)
• Skimmia japonica
• Stachyurus
• Stromanthe
• Tulipa
• Viburnum x bodnantense
• Viburnum tinus
• Viola
• Wisteria

 
The Butchart Chronicles : February 23, 2018

Flower and Garden Report February 23rd – March 1st, 2018

Flower & Garden Report February 23– March 1, 2018

By Thea Hegland


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The thing about winter is that it can be relentless. Just when you start feeling bold and daring, tempted to put out some tender spring plants in the garden, a cold snap will roar in and remind us – winter is not over yet. Well, the good thing is that these cold winter days are actually very beautiful, especially with the trees and the powerful presence they have in The Gardens.

A recent snowfall captured the simple elegance of the trees. Most awe - inspiring is the collection of Acer palmatum (Japanese maple) found throughout the grounds. Simply the best, the Japanese maples offer such incredible year-round interest. Considered an essential garden structure plant, these treasures are always stunning. Collected for well over one hundred years, these mature trees are curiously laden with lichen and moss. Perhaps the best display of Acer palmatum is within the Japanese Garden; now barren and dormant covered in snow, they are absolutely captivating.

After a winter walk in the garden, venture inside and enjoy the amazing Spring Prelude. It’s warm, welcoming and full of flowers to enjoy. Highlights this week include flowering Wisteria floribunda (Japanese wisteria) with its fragrant blue flowers, Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush) with its delicate umbel of reddish orange fragrant flowers and the ever sweet Convallaria (Lily- of-the- valley).

Regardless of when you visit The Gardens there is always something to see. That’s just the way it is, constantly evolving from one season to the next as the plant life presents its many stages of beauty.

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Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:

• Abeliophyllum distichum (White forsythia)
• Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
• Bellis (English daisy)
• Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
• Camellia
• Correa (Australian fuchsia)
• Cotoneaster
• Crocus
• Cyclamen
• Daphne odora
• Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)
• Erianthus (Winter aconite)
• Erica (Heather
• Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
• Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
• Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
• Helleborus (Christmas rose)
• Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
• Jasminium nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)
• Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
• Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
• Narcissus (Daffodil)
• Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
• Orchid
• Pulmonaria (Lungwort)
• Pansy
• Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
• Polyanthus (Primula)
• Pyracantha
• Rhododendron
• Sarcococca (Christmas box)
• Skimmia japonica
• Tulipa
• Viburnum x bodnantense
• Viburnum tinus
• Viola

Indoor plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:

• Amaryllis
• Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
• Azalea
• Bromeliad
• Camellia
• Convallaria (Lily-of-the-valley)
• Crocus
• Cyclamen
• Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
• Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)

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The Butchart Chronicles : February 16, 2018

Flower and Garden Report February 16th - 22nd

Flower and Garden Report February 16th – 22nd, 2018

By Thea Hegland

It feels much more like spring than winter these days. Gorgeous drifts of dainty pure white Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop) can be found amongst the trees and shrubs. Mass plantings of Crocus in a rainbow of colour paint the garden canvas. The sweet scents of Sarcococca (Christmas box) and Daphne odora fill the garden air. Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’ with bright pink flowers can be found throughout the garden walk, while early blooming Narcissus (Daffodil) with their sunny yellow trumpet blooms lift the spirits. Prunus cerasifera (Flowering plum) is laden with flower buds ready to burst into bloom. Bulbs rising through the earth in tight bud... all the signs of a beautiful spring to come!
 
If the gorgeous gardens could possibly leave you wanting more there is the Spring Prelude! An absolute feast for the senses, the stunning indoor garden has it all: carefully crafted garden features and a mix of tropical and local favorites. Spectacular flowering trees and shrubs from Magnolia, Cercis, Prunus, Ribes, Wisteria, Loropetalum and Camellia are all blooming now. Flower beds filled with Tulips, Narcissus, Hyacinth, Crocus, Iris and Primula give a spring tease of what one will find outdoors in the months ahead.

Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest

• Abeliophyllum distichum (White forsythia)
• Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
• Bellis (English daisy)
• Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
• Camellia
• Correa (Australian fuchsia)
• Cotoneaster
• Crocus
• Cyclamen 
• Daphne odora
• Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)
• Erianthus (Winter aconite)
• Erica (Heather
• Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
• Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
• Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
• Helleborus (Christmas rose)
• Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
• Jasminium nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)
• Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
• Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
• Narcissus (Daffodil)
• Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
• Orchid
• Pulmonaria (Lungwort)
• Pansy
• Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
• Polyanthus (Primula)
• Pyracantha
• Rhododendron
• Sarcococca (Christmas box)
• Skimmia japonica
• Tulipa
• Viburnum x bodnantense
• Viburnum tinus
• Viola 

Indoor plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest


• Amaryllis
• Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
• Azalea
• Bromeliad 
• Camellia
• Convallaria (Lily-of-the-valley)
• Crocus
• Cyclamen 
• Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
• Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)
• Erica (Heather
• Forsythia
• Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
• Helleborus (Christmas rose)
• Iris reticulata 
• Kalanchoe
• Loropetalum chinese ‘Razzleberri’
• Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer magnolia)
• Medinilla magnifica
• Narcissus (Daffodil)
• Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
• Orchid
• Pachystachys lutea (Lollipop plant)
• Pansy
• Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
• Polyanthus (Primula)
• Prunus (Flowering plum)
• Ribes ( Flowering currant)
• Sarcococca (Christmas box)
• Sciadopitys verticillate (Japanese umbrella pine)
• Skimmia japonica
• Stromanthe
• Tulipa
• Viburnum x bodnantense
• Viburnum tinus
• Viola
• Wisteria

 
The Butchart Chronicles : February 2, 2018

Flower and Garden Report February 3rd - 15th

Flower and Garden Report February 2nd–15th,  2018

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

It’s the middle of winter in the garden and everything is as it should be. At least for now. It seems to be a classic West Coast mild winter, without the dramatic weather we have experienced in recent past winters, that throw the plant life into a tailspin.

There are lots of winter flowering shrubs and flowers to provide the visitor with garden envy and perhaps inspire a visit to a local nursery. Our ‘Winter garden’ in the Sequoia grove is just beginning its seasonal show. Highlights include Abeliophyllum distichum (White forsythia) and the ever-fragrant Daphne odora (Winter daphne) which are loaded with flower buds ready to burst. An extensive selection of Helleborus (Hellebore) can be found in this area. Ranging from single flowering Hellebore to gorgeous double flowering varieties in shades of white, pale pink, chartreuse green and dark purple.

Indoors, it is the amazing Amaryllis that steals the show, with a bounty of a large trumpet-shaped flowers in a stunning array of colours. These beauties can be found inside the Spring Prelude garden, the photo window, and the Butchart Residence. In the Spring Prelude things have really burst into bloom; from Hyacinth, Narcissus, Tulips to Magnolias. My favorite is the most beautiful flowering plum, Prunus x blireana with gorgeous, double pink blooms.

From February 7th -11th, The Butchart Gardens will have a display at The Northwest Flower and Garden Show at The Seattle Convention Centre. If you're in the area, come by and see our exhibit to get a glimpse of what we have to offer at The Gardens.

Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:

  • Abeliophyllum distichum (White forsythia)
  • Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
  • Bellis (English daisy)
  • Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
  • Camellia
  • Correa (Australian fuchsia)
  • Cotoneaster
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Erianthus (Winter aconite)
  • Erica (Heather
  • Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
  • Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
  • Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
  • Helleborus (Christmas rose)
  • Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
  • Jasminium nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
  • Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
  • Narcissus (Daffodil)
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
  • Orchid
  • Pulmonaria (Lungwort)
  • Pansy
  • Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
  • Polyanthus (Primula)
  • Pyracantha
  • Sarcococca (Christmas box)
  • Skimmia japonica
  • Tulipa
  • Viburnum x bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus
  • Viola

 Indoor plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:

  • Amaryllis
  • Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
  • Azalea
  • Bromeliad
  • Camellia
  • Convallaria (Lily-of-the-valley)
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Daphne odora (Winter daphne)
  • Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)
  • Erica (Heather
  • Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
  • Helleborus (Christmas rose)
  • Iris reticulata
  • Kalanchoe
  • Loropetalum chinese ‘Razzleberri’
  • Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer magnolia)
  • Medinilla magnifica
  • Narcissus (Daffodil)
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
  • Orchid
  • Pachystachys lutea (Lollipop plant)
  • Pansy
  • Pieris (Lily-of-the valley shrub)
  • Polyanthus (Primula)
  • Prunus (Flowering plum)
  • Sarcococca (Christmas box)
  • Sciadopitys verticillate (Japanese umbrella pine)
  • Skimmia japonica
  • Stromanthe
  • Tulipa
  • Viburnum x bodnantense
  • Viburnum tinus
  • Viola

 
The Butchart Chronicles : January 29, 2018

Flower and Garden Report January 27th - February 2nd

Flower and Garden Report January 27th - February 2nd  2018 

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

This dynamic garden is never static; always planning ahead, our gardeners navigate with ease as one season transitions into the next. Winter is a busy time for the gardeners. It is a time for major projects, pruning of trees and shrubs, mulching garden beds, repairing paths and rejuvenating tired flower beds. Behind the scenes, the greenhouse staff are preparing for what is essentially the busiest time of the year.

From about mid-February through mid-June it seems to be go, go, go. Plant propagation is a science and they are skilled at what they do. Seeds are sown, cuttings taken, greenhouses prepared and the environments closely monitored. Plants need to be potted and fertilized accordingly. Carefully calculated numbers are determined and timing is everything. No pressure at all….
 
The weather has been relatively mild resulting in some very pleasant daytime temperatures for January, allowing new flowers to suddenly appear here and there in the garden beds. The indoor Spring Prelude Garden is well-established for the season and The Historical Display in the former Butchart residence provides an abundance of things to marvel at.

The display, which is open for viewing each day through March 15th, offers incredible insight on the development of The Gardens. Amongst the historical photographs and handwritten garden plans by Jennie Butchart herself, you will discover many treasures and fascinating facts about the Butchart family as you tour the grand residence.
 
Afternoon tea was very important to Jennie Butchart. It was considered a highlight of the day, when one could just relax and savor the rewards of the garden with a warm cup of tea and some delectable treats. Jennie Butchart served tea to many visitors in her time in the original teahouse overlooking the Japanese Garden. Today, the traditional tea is served inside the Butchart residence in the conservatory, filled with an incredible variety Orchids, Amaryllis and other flowering wonders.
 
What a perfect way to cap off the day at The Gardens!
 
Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:
 
• Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
• Bellis (English daisy)
• Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
• Camellia
• Correa (Australian fuchsia)
• Cotoneaster
• Crocus
• Cyclamen 
• Erica (Heather
• Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
• Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
• Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
• Helleborus (Christmas rose)
• Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
• Jasminium nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)
• Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
• Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
• Narcissus (Daffodil)
• Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
• Orchid
• Pachystachys lutea (Lollipop plant)
• Pansy
• Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
• Polyanthus (Primula)
• Pyracantha
• Sarcococca (Christmas box)
• Skimmia japonica
• Tulipa
• Viburnum x bodnantense
• Viburnum tinus
• Viola
 
 Indoor plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:
 
• Amaryllis
• Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
• Azalea
• Bromeliad 
• Camellia
• Crocus
• Cyclamen 
• Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)
• Erica (Heather
• Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
• Helleborus (Christmas rose)
• Kalanchoe
• Loropetalum chinese ‘Razzleberri’
• Medinilla magnifica
• Narcissus (Daffodil)
• Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
• Orchid
• Pachystachys lutea (Lollipop plant)
• Pansy
• Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
• Polyanthus (Primula)
• Prunus (Flowering plum)
• Sarcococca (Christmas box)
• Sciadopitys verticillate (Japanese umbrella pine)
• Skimmia japonica
• Stromanthe
• Tulipa
• Viburnum x bodnantense
• Viburnum tinus
• Viola

 
The Butchart Chronicles : January 19, 2018

Flower and Garden Report January 15th – 26th, 2018

Garden Report for the period of January 15th- 26th 2018

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

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Spring has arrived to The Gardens; well, at least indoors. The eagerly anticipated and much loved annual Spring Prelude indoor garden display has opened for the season this week and once again, it has the ability to lift the spirits and inspire. The phenomenal display features an eclectic collection of unique garden art and water features, rotating flower beds, flowering trees and shrubs.

As you enter the garden you will stroll through a sultry jungle filled with a wide variety of tropical plants with colours and textures that evoke a sense of mystic.  Bold and beautiful Phalaenopsis Orchids, Bromeliads, Anthurium and Kalanchoe stand out amongst the lush foliage.

Around the next corner flower beds filled with Tulips, Daffodils and Polyanthus brighten up a winter day amongst the classic West Coast flora. Featuring a spectacular pond
surrounded by Rhododendrons, a variety of evergreen shrubs and Loropetalum chinese ‘Razzelberri’. A walk on the bridge over the pond provides a perfect platform for viewing the Koi fish that swim happily in the indoor oasis.

Perhaps the reason that you come visit the Butchart Gardens in the not so dull days of winter is The Spring Prelude, you will also find yourself pleasantly surprised with what you encounter in The Gardens themselves. Many shrubs offer early winter blooms. Delicate aromatic flowers can be found on Viburnum bodnatense and Hamamelis (Witch hazel). Fuzzy, soft silvery flower buds on the Magnolia trees promise to reveal magnificent blooms come spring. The first Narcissus (Daffodils) have emerged while early blooming Camellia flowers shine amongst the textured and varied evergreen trees and shrubs.

With new and exciting things happening each week in The Gardens you can always count on being easily amused!

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Plants, trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:
•    Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
•    Bellis (English daisy)
•    Bergenia (Elephant’s ears)
•    Camellia
•    Correa (Australian fuchsia)
•    Cotoneaster
•    Crocus
•    Cyclamen
•    Erica (Heather
•    Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
•    Garrya elliptica (Silk- tassel bush)
•    Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
•    Helleborus (Christmas rose)
•    Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
•    Jasminium nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)
•    Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (Oregon grape)
•    Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
•    Narcissus (Daffodil)
•    Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
•    Orchid
•    Pachystachys lutea (Lollipop plant)
•    Pansy
•    Pieris (Lily -of - the valley shrub)
•    Polyanthus (Primula)
•    Pyracantha
•    Sarcococca (Christmas box)
•    Skimmia japonica
•    Tulipa
•    Viburnum x bodnantense
•    Viburnum tinus
•    Viola

Indoor plants (Spring Prelude) trees and shrubs that are blooming or of interest:
•    Anthurium (Flamingo flower)
•    Azalea
•    Bromeliad
•    Camellia
•    Crocus
•    Cyclamen
•    Erica (Heather
•    Hamamelis (Witch hazel)
•    Helleborus (Christmas rose)
•    Kalanchoe
•    Loropetalum chinese ‘Razzleberri’
•    Medinilla magnifica
•    Narcissus (Daffodil)
•    Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black mondo grass)
•    Orchid
•    Pachystachys lutea (Lollipop plant)
•    Pansy
•    Pieris (Lily-of-the valley shrub)
•    Polyanthus (Primula)
•    Sarcococca (Christmas box)
•    Sciadopitys verticillate (Japanese umbrella pine)
•    Skimmia japonica
•    Stromanthe
•    Tulipa
•    Viburnum x bodnantense
•    Viburnum tinus
•    Viola

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The Butchart Chronicles : January 18, 2018

Exclusive to 12 Month Pass Holders: Special Valentine's Day Dinner

When: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Cost: $95 per person, tables for 2 only
wine pairings available

(Excludes taxes and gratuities)

Where: Spring Prelude indoor garden

RESERVATIONS: We began taking reservations on Monday, January 22nd, 9:00 am
250-652-4422 ext 320. Payment will be collected at time of reservation.


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Celebrate Valentine's Day with Dinner for Two in a Spring Garden Oasis

Love is in the air at The Butchart Gardens - and especially so on Wednesday, February 14th when we offer a special Valentine's Dinner exclusively for 12 month pass holders.*
*Person reserving must have a valid 12 month pass at time of booking and for the event.

You'll understand when you see the beautiful tables set for two in the Spring Prelude Indoor Garden, why this adult-only special event sells out fast. 

Valentine's Day
To make a reservation, please call 250-652-4422 ext 320. We began taking reservations Monday January 22nd at 9am and the tables are filling up fast! Payment will be taken at time of booking.

  • This is a set menu dinner (only a gluten-free version can be substituted, and must be noted at time of reservation) Please note: the menu is subject to change

  • Cost: $95 per person (taxes & gratuity not included). Wine pairings available
  • Seating times are between 6:00pm - 6:45pm, based on availability (tables for two only)
  • At least one person at the table must present a valid 12 Month Pass to the admission gate upon arrival
  • Plan to arrive to The Gardens no more than 15 minutes prior to your reservation time. Both The Gardens and The Seed & Gift Store are closed at 4:30pm and will not be open for viewing or shopping during this event
  • The admission gate will be open at 5:45pm to welcome the 6:00pm reservations
  • If you are planning on arranging a taxi or dial a driver service, please do so in advance and provide the company with your contact number so they are able to notify you upon their arrival

Please note:  The Gardens are 100% smoke (and vapour) free. 


Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day

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