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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, great grand daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Butchart
1904 - The Butchart Gardens began. Limestone quarry established.
1906 - The Japanese Garden, designed by Isaburo Kishida and Jennie Butchart, began.
1908 - Estate named 'Benvenuto', Italian for weclome.
1909 - Quarry exhaused.
1912 - Sunken Garden started.
1920 - First Benvenuto Seed Catalogue issued - mail order only.
1921 - Sunken Garden completed. First Rose Garden established.
1922 - Private Garden and Conservatory built.
1923 - Jennie Butchart introduced the Tibetan blue poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia baileyi) from seed sent to her by the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.
1926 - First Italian Garden completed.
1929 - Present Rose Garden established (1929-30).
1934 - California redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) planted.
1936 - 500 cherry trees imported from Japan - 400 planted on Benvenuto avenue.
1937 - Aeolian pipe organ installed.
1939 - Mr. & Mrs Butchart presented The Gardens to Robert Ian Ross (grandson) on the occasion of his 21st birthday.
1953 - Night illumination installed.
1964 - 60th anniversary of The Gardens - Ross Fountain installed.
1974 - 'Tacca' installed.
1975 - Sturgeon Fountain installed.
1977 - Christopher Ian Ross introduced Firework shows to The Gardens.
1986 - Plant identification Centre started.
1991 - Canada Posts issued 5 'Public Gardens' stamps, The Butchart Gardens is one of them.
1994 - The Gardens received its Coat of Arms (November 21st).
2001 - Historical Display starts. Canada Post issued 5 'Tourist Attraction' stamps, The Gardens is one of them.
2002 - Meditteranean Garden started.
2004 - Recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada (December 21st). 100th anniversary of The Gardens. First Nations carvers create two totem poles, erected September 8th.
2005 - Christmas skating rink installed.
2008 - Weddings begin in the Spring Prelude, Boat Tours begin through summer months.
2009 - The Rose Carousel is built and becomes operational on December 1st.