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We produce a general brochure containing information which is timeless. If you are not familiar with us, try our interactive map, or take a visual tour. We produce two seasonal flower identification guides which are provided to visitors.
The History of The Butchart Gardens is a 32-page book filled with gorgeous illustrations and interesting facts. It’s available in English, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean & Spanish. Please email with your mailing address if you require a copy.
Helpful if you can’t come experience the season you are reporting on. Stunning photography shows The Gardens at its best in all the five seasons. An original music score, set in 5.1 Surround Sound, recorded at the historic Butchart residence adds warmth and a sense of history to the video. Also included: Fireworks show, Night Illumination, and fascinating historical video clips.
Formatted to play in all countries, this DVD plays in English, French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and German. Runtime is 37 minutes. Please email with your mailing address if you require a copy.
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Public viewing: 22 hectares (55 acres)
Overall size: 54.6 hectares (135 acres)
Full Name: The Butchart Gardens, Ltd.
Operating Name: The Butchart Gardens
Colloquial Name: The Gardens
Pronunciation: butch-art, butch as in Butch Cassidy
The Butchart Gardens and The Gardens are referred to in the singular. That is, “The Butchart Gardens is” or “The Gardens is”. “The Gardens” is used in the same way one would use “The Butchart Gardens”. If referring to the various gardens within The Butchart Gardens one would state “the gardens”.
Close to a million visitors annually
550 Staff (Peak Season)
290 Staff (Off Season)
50 Full Time Gardeners
12 Part Time Gardeners
110 million litres of non-municipal water used from our resevoirs
We’re located on Vancouver Island, 23 km (14 miles) north of Victoria, and 20 km (12.5 miles) south of the Vancouver-Victoria ferry terminal at Swartz Bay. Our street address is 800 Benvenuto Avenue in Brentwood Bay.
Original owners: Jennie and Robert Pim Butchart
Owner: Robin Clarke and great grand daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Butchart
The Gardens began in 1904.
Recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004.