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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. 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
550 staff during peak season
290 staff during off season
50 full-time gardeners
20 seasonal gardeners
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 grand daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Butchart
The Butchart Gardens began. Limestone quarry established.
The Japanese Garden, designed by Isaburo Kishida and Jennie Butchart, began.
Estate named ‘Benvenuto’, Italian for ‘welcome.’
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.
Night illumination installed.
60th anniversary of The Gardens – Ross Fountain 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 (November 21st).
The Spring Prelude is established in the Blue Poppy Restaurant.
Historical Display starts.
Mediterranean Garden starts.
Recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada (December 21st). 100th anniversary of The Gardens. First Nations carvers create two totem poles, 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.
The World Federation of Rose Societies
Award of Excellence
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
Top 100 Restaurants in Canada
Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining in Canada
Reader’s Choice Award for Best Attraction
Top 10 Magnificent Gardens
World’s Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens
“Waited 40 years to see this – worth the wait!”
“Extraordinary! We were here 21 years ago and always wanted to come back.”
– Joyce, Atlanta
“Loved the garden, memories of a lifetime.”
– Vinita, Hayward
“Beautiful and peaceful, like the world should be.”
– Maria, San Antonio
“The lights are so nice at night”
– Richard, Salem
“I like flowers and I love my wife. She is happy that I came here.”
– Pontius, Sacramento
“4th visit this year. Annual pass is worth every penny”
– Dana, Victoria
“Returning after honeymooning here 21 years ago”
– Bill and Mary, San Clemente
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