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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. “The Butchart Gardens is” or “The Gardens is”. If referring to the various gardens within The Butchart Gardens one would state “the gardens”.
Over a million visitors annually
Over 600 staff during peak season
290 staff during off season
50 full-time gardeners
20 seasonal gardeners
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, Brentwood Bay.
Original owners: Jennie and Robert Pim Butchart
Owner: Robin-Lee Clarke, great granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. Butchart
The Butchart Gardens begins, restoration of Limestone quarry.
The Japanese Garden started by Jennie Butchart, who later engaged landscape architect Isaburo Kishida.
Estate named ‘Benvenuto’, Italian for ‘welcome.’
Sunken Garden started.
First Benvenuto Seed Catalogue issued – mail order only.
Sunken Garden completed. Rose Garden established.
Private Garden and Conservatory added to main house.
Jennie Butchart introduced the Tibetan blue poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia baileyi) from seed sent to her by the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.
Tennis court converted to Italian Garden completed.
California redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) planted.
500 cherry trees imported from Japan – 400 planted on Benvenuto avenue.
Aeolian pipe organ installed in main house.
Mr. & Mrs. Butchart gifted The Gardens to Robert Ian Ross (grandson) on the occasion of his 21st birthday.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary in 1954, Night Illuminations were installed throughout.
In honour 60th anniversary – Ross Fountain installed.
‘Tacca’ and miniature bronze horse and donkey statues relieved.
Sturgeon Fountain installed.
Great Grandson, Christopher Ian Ross introduced Firework shows to The Gardens.
The Butchart Gardens was honoured with a stamp, 1 of 5 ‘Public Gardens’ stamps issued by Canada Post.
The Gardens received its Coat of Arms as researched by Barnabas Butchart Clarke, great, great grandson of Jennie & Robert Pim Butchart.
The Spring Prelude is established in the Blue Poppy Restaurant.
Historical Display starts.
Mediterranean Garden created.
To celebration the 100th birthday, The Gardens was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. including two totem poles carved onsite by two local First Nations carvers, erected September 8th.
Christmas skating rink installed.
Weddings began in the Spring Prelude, Boat Tours offered during summer months.
The Rose Carousel was commissioned and became operational on December 1st.
Dining Room Restaurant Awards
Diners’ Choice Award
100 Most Scenic Restaurants in Canada
Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada
Best Outdoor Dining in Canada
Top 100 Restaurants in Canada
Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining in Canada
The World Federation of Rose Societies
Award of Excellence – 2018
Top 10 Travelling Experiences in the World in 2018
Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame
Reader Choice, ’10 Best’ Attractions in Canada
Northwest Meetings and Events
Best Meeting/Event Venue
World Tulip Summit Society
World Tulip Garden of the Year, 2017
Reader’s Choice Award for Best Attraction
Top 10 Magnificent Gardens
World’s Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens
“Incredible! Very romantic after dark.”
– Greg & DeAnn, Springville
“Amazing boat ride. Chris the driver was a delight.”
– Lily, Victoria
“Kids loved it! Beautiful! Fun on the carousel.”
– Burgess Family, Whitehorse
“We walked through twice! It was that good.”
– Emily, Olympia
“We come every year! It’s wonderful.”
– Connie, Prince Edward Island
“Very special place in a crazy world, so refreshing”
– White Family, Australia
“We met here 28 years ago and came back.”
– San Tam and Eric, Richmond
– Sanjeev, Victoria
“Beautiful and peaceful, like the world should be.”
– Maria, San Antonio
“Awesome place! Great activities for kids!”
– Justin and Alexa, Vallejo
“We were first here in 1957. It took our breath away then and still does every time we visit.”
– Isabelle & Sharon, Sydney
“4th visit this year. Annual pass is worth every penny.”
– Dana, Victoria
“Thank you to all the staff who made us feel like family today.”
– Cindy and Abigail, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
“A+ Gelato, A+ Gardens.”
– Jane, New West
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