What To See in February
Throughout the seasons there is always something of interest in the garden: from the fragrant, winter blooming shrubs, to the fresh delights of spring, to the abundance of summer colour, to the grand finale of autumn.
This collection highlights those plants most often asked about at our Plant Identification Centre. It is neither a complete list, nor may all the plants listed necessarily be growing at The Butchart Gardens when you visit. Naturally, weather conditions may alter the blooming time by as much as several weeks.
Place your cursor over the underlined plant name to see a photo.
Showhouse: Amaryllis, Christmas Cactus, Chrysanthemum, Cineraria, Cyclamen, Kalanchoe
Pruning and clean up continues in the garden. Mulching of perennial and shrub borders is completed. The lawns typically get their first cut this month as they begin to actively grow following a short winter dormant period. Emerging tulip bulbs are sprayed with a deer repellent and typically covered with netting to discourage deer from feeding on them. Flower beds are cultivated to allow for better air exchange and nutrient and moisture penetration. Spring baskets make their arrival into the garden towards the end of the month.
Arts & Entertainment crew: The lighting removal started in January continues. Maintenance and cleaning of summer lighting fixtures and wiring begins. All fixtures are checked by hand. Designing, then installation of Seed & Gift Store displays is undertaken.