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Public viewing: 22 hectares (55 acres)
Overall size: 54.6 hectares (135 acres)

Official Name

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”.


Over a million visitors annually
Over 600 staff during peak season
290 staff during off season
50 full-time gardeners
20 seasonal gardeners
26 greenhouses
110 million litres of non-municipal water used from our reservoirs


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 granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. Butchart

Important Dates

The Butchart Gardens began. Limestone quarry established.

The Japanese Garden started by Jennie Butchart, who later engaged landscape architect Isaburo Kishida.

Estate named ‘Benvenuto’, Italian for ‘welcome.’

Quarry exhausted.

Sunken Garden started.

First Benvenuto Seed Catalogue issued – mail order only.

Sunken Garden completed. First Rose Garden established.

Private Garden and Conservatory built.

Jennie Butchart introduced the Tibetan blue poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia baileyi) from seed sent to her by the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.

First Italian Garden completed.

Present Rose Garden established (1929-30).

California redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) planted.

500 cherry trees imported from Japan – 400 planted on Benvenuto avenue.

Aeolian pipe organ installed.

Mr. & Mrs Butchart presented The Gardens to Robert Ian Ross (grandson) on the occasion of his 21st birthday.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary in 1954, Night Illuminations throughout The Gardens was installed.

60th anniversary of The Gardens – Ross Fountain installed.

‘Tacca’ installed.

Sturgeon Fountain installed.

Christopher Ian Ross introduced Firework shows to The Gardens.

Plant identification Centre started.

Canada Posts issued 5 ‘Public Gardens’ stamps, The Butchart Gardens is one of them.

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 starts.

Designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. Celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Gardens, including two totem poles carved onsite by recognized First Nations carvers, erected September 8th.

Christmas skating rink installed.

Weddings begin in the Spring Prelude, Boat Tours begin through summer months.

The Rose Carousel is built and becomes operational on December 1st.


Sixth Most Beautiful Gardens in the World
Highest-ranked Canadian Garden

Dining Room Restaurant Awards
Diners’ Choice Award
100 Most Scenic Restaurants in Canada
Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada
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

USA Today
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

Top 100 Restaurants in Canada
Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining in Canada

Peninsula Review
Reader’s Choice Award for Best Attraction

National Geographic
Top 10 Magnificent Gardens

Condé Nast
World’s Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens

Visitor Comments

“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

“80th visit!”
– 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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