The quiet of winter

January 15–March 15

You may think of The Gardens as a spring or summer affair, but with Vancouver Island’s temperate climate, The Gardens has something to offer year-round. Enjoy the solitude winter brings, and take in the subtle beauty of our shrubs, trees and flowers, from delicate snowdrops to lush hellebore.

Historical Display

January 15–March 15
10:00am – 4:00pm

When winter falls, we open the former Butchart family residence, Benvenuto, to our visitors. Inside, you’ll find curated displays of memorabilia that chronicle The Garden’s history, from its days as a limestone quarry to today. From room to room, you’ll see original furnishings, letters and photographs from the early 1900s.

Spring Prelude

January 15–March 15
9:00am – 3:30 pm

While the outdoor gardens sleep, the indoor gardens come to life. Step inside our Spring Prelude garden, walk along the flagstone path and inhale the fragrant blossoms. Blooming with flower cherries and witch hazels, beds of daffodils and tulips, you’ll cross a footbridge where Koi gracefully and serenely swim beneath.