What To See in October
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.
- Achillea (Yarrow)
- Begonia, Fibrous
- Begonia, Tuberous
- Geranium, zonal
- Salvia - farinacea
- Salvia - patens
- Salvia - splendens
- Solidago (Goldenrod)
Showhouse: Chrysanthemums, Coleus
The remainder of the summer display fades and the planting of the biennials (Forget-me-nots, English Daisy and Wallflowers) and bulbs begins after the (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend. The soil in the borders is amended at this time to ensure the ultimate growing conditions for our displays. Lime is applied to lawns where soil acidity has become a problem.
Arts & Entertainment crew: Twelve staff begin the installation of Christmas lighting using bucket trucks, harnesses and aerial acrobatics. Some display prop elements are also prepared and installed. New Seed & Gift Store displays are put in place. The national and provincial flags are taken down, cleaned and stored away for use next spring.