The quiet of winter

January 15–March 17

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 17
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 17
9:00am – 3:30 pm

While the outdoor gardens sleep, the indoor gardens come to life. Step inside the Spring Prelude, and stroll along the flagstone pathways while breathing in the subtle fragrance of flowering shrubs and flowers. Garden beds of daffodils and tulips bloom alongside tropical plants and orchids creating a fantasy garden. Flowering cherry, witch hazel, and other flowering shrubs provide a backdrop to a footbridge where Koi gracefully and serenely swim beneath.