3 Hour Visit Itinerary

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Giving yourself three hours to experience The Butchart Gardens will allow you to see the sights, savour a culinary experience and perhaps stop for a little shopping on your way out.

Here is a route that will help to make the most of your time at The Gardens.

Sunken Garden

When you first arrive, you will pass through Waterwheel Square on your way to the iconic Sunken Garden. Stop and take in the view at the lookout before descending into the garden oasis, surrounding yourself with layers upon layers of garden beds, trees and shrubs.

Points of Interest in the Sunken Garden
  • The Mound
  • Sunken Garden Lake
Ross Fountain

After the Sunken Garden, the path naturally leads you to an area overlooking the Ross Fountain. This all-season, dancing fountain is a special commemoration to Robert Ian Ross, Jennie and Robert’s Grandson who ran The Gardens for quite some time.

Rose Garden

From June through August, treat your senses to the stunning Rose Garden in full bloom. This garden offers spaces to “stop and smell the roses”, and the iconic Rose Arch offers the ideal backdrop for pictures. 

Japanese Garden

After the Rose Garden, you will find yourself surrounded by lush greenery in the tranquil Japanese Garden. With a West Coast influence, this peaceful space features Japanese landscaping techniques, an abundance of trickling streams and is your entryway to Butchart Cove.

Star Pond

After the Japanese Garden, you will discover the splendid Star Pond—originally designed for Mr. Butchart’s collection of ornamental ducks, this twelve-point pond, surrounded by colourful annuals (spring/summer/autumn), has a charming frog fountain rising from its centre.

Italian Garden

Beyond the pond, stands the Italian Garden bounded by two arched entrances. This garden, originally the Butchart’s tennis court, has a bronze statue of Mercury and an intricate cross-shaped pond. This impressive garden was commissioned from Samuel MacLure, a prominent Canadian architect.

Afternoon Tea

You’re in luck! Three hours allows you enough time to enjoy Afternoon Tea, a Butchart tradition dating back to the early 1900’s. Feel right at home in the former Butchart Residence as you savour a combination of savoury sandwiches and sweet treats as well as sip from a selection of loose leaf teas.

Seed & Gift Store

The Seed and Gift store started as a mail order seed catalogue in 1920 when Jennie Butchart began packaging seeds to satisfy requests from visitors worldwide. Today, you will find hand-packaged seeds to one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans, our Seed & Gift Store offers something for everyone. We have warm, knowledgeable staff on hand to serve you. Plus, you can buy in store and ship later.