Need more reasons to visit? Read what others are saying about us.
We’ve been fortunate to have a number of travel sites and organizations say nice things about us:
2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for The Dining Room Restaurant
Condé Nast Traveler carried a story “The World’s Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens” in which The Butchart Gardens was included as one of “14 stunning botanical gardens around the world.” - March, 2013
CNN Travel carried the story “What a Wonderful World - 12 fabulous gardens” which included The Butchart Gardens. - February, 2013
TripAdvisor awarded us a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Frommer's ranks us as one of only two 3-Star attractions in Victoria.
Fodor's ranks us 4.6 out of 5.
Yelp ranks us 4.5 out of 5
BBB A+ rating
We’re also proud to be a CTC (Canadian Tourism Commission) Signature Experiences Collection® member.
Here’s a peek at what visitors have written in our Visitor Comment book:
“Too beautiful to describe! So happy we stopped on a whim. Totally worth the cost. Thank you!”
—CL, Salem, OR
“One of the best afternoon teas I've ever had!”
—PR, London, England
“Beautiful! Best fireworks ever! Very romantic at night.”
—PS, Melrose, MA, USA
“Wonderful, beautiful. Best stop on Alaska Cruise!”
—SP, Richlaud, WA
Over the years, The Gardens has been recognized by a number of organizations, and most significantly by the Government of Canada. In 2004, The Butchart Gardens was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada by the country’s Minister of the Environment. The prestigious recognition came towards the close of the site’s 100 Years in Bloom—The Garden’s year-long centennial celebration in 2004.
We’ve also received a number of awards over the years, including:
2012 North American gardens worth travelling for
—Canadian Garden Tourism Awards
2011 Garden of the Year award
—Canadian Garden Tourism Awards
2010 Best Tourist Attraction
—Black Press’s Annual Best of the City Awards
2010 Top Canadian Service Supplier
—The Globus family of brands
2009 Shore Excursion of the Season
2012 Best Tourist Attraction
—Peninsula News Review
Victoria is a zone 8B according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), but here we’re likely an 8A.
The Butchart Gardens is in a sheltered valley with some protection from prevailing winds resulting in a Mediterranean-like climate with warm/dry summers and wet/cool winters. The valley also takes away some sunlight, causing frost to settle in the lowest pockets of the gardens in the winter. Snowfall, which occurs once or twice a year, usually lasts on the ground for a week or two.
To deal with these challenging growing conditions, we take special precautions. We deal with summer droughts by irrigating the gardens to maintain healthy growing conditions. Our irrigation water supply is completely self-sufficient with a series of reservoirs and wells. We collect and store the millions of litres of rain water that run off our parking areas. We also recycle the water from water features. Mulching all our borders on a regular basis helps to conserve moisture and to reduce elevated soil temperatures in the summer.
Precipitation: Average of 76 cm (30 inches) of rainfall annually
Frost: Approximately 215 frost free days
Sunshine: Approximately 2100 hours annually
Temperature: Extremes range from -10C to 36C (14F to 97F); Typical high temperature in summer 22C to 26C (72F to 79F); Typical high temperature in winter 5C to 10C (41F to 50F)
Want real-time weather information at The Gardens? Visit our on-site weather station.
When controlling pests at The Gardens we want to ensure a healthy environment for our plants, staff and visitors.
At The Gardens, we use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) process for controlling pests in environmentally sound ways. This process involves the use of cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical controls. One cultural control we’ve been using over the past few years has been a “compost tea.” The tea has been very positive for suppressing disease and pests while promoting soil and plant health. Mechanical controls involve manual work, such as weed control without the use of herbicides. Biological controls use natural enemies to control pests and diseases (e.g. ladybugs are used to control aphid populations). We use chemicals as a last resort, preferring to monitor and correct issues before they become a real problem.
Other things we do to promote general plant health:
We try to minimize waste through extensive recycling programs throughout The Gardens. In an average year, we recycle approximately:
29 metric tonnes of cardboard
5 metric tonnes of glass, metal and paper
57,000 deposit beverage containers