The Butchart Gardens is a demonstration flower park located in Brentwood Bay, Vancouver Island. It is Canada’s most famous garden park and is visited by millions of tourists each year.
The 100-year history of Butchart Gardens
In 1904, Robert Pim Butchart and his wife Jenny came to Brentwood Bay because of the rich limestone deposits needed to make cement, and they built their home next to the quarry. In 1909, when the quarry’s limestone deposits dried up, the enterprising Jenny brought in tons of topsoil to level the surface of the abandoned quarry. Gradually, the devastated pit turned into an impressive garden, word of which spread quickly, and since the 1920s, 50,000 visitors have come here annually.
Thanks to the personal care of Jenny Butchart, the abandoned pit was transformed into a magical place.
In 1939, the Butcharts gave the gardens to their grandson, Jan Ross. He managed and beautified the gardens until his death. The gardens are now owned by the Butchart family, with Robin-Lee Clark, Jenny and Robert’s great-granddaughter, being the owner and managing director since 2001.
In 2004, the Butchart Gardens were designated a National Historic Site in honor of their 100th anniversary.
It’s easy to spend an entire day in the Butchart Gardens, exploring five themed gardens: the Sunken, Rose, Japanese, Italian and Mediterranean.
The Sunken Garden.
The Sunken Garden features annual plants, flowering trees, unique shrubs and an elegant Ross Fountain installed to celebrate the gardens 60th anniversary. At the center of this garden is a rock mound with a spectacular view.
Ross Fountain in the Sunken Garden
The rose garden attracts visitors with its bright colors and pleasant fragrance. It has an extensive collection of roses:
- park roses;
In the rose garden you can walk under beautiful rose arches and admire the huge bronze “Fountain of Three Sturgeons”.
The serene Japanese Garden begins behind the Torii Gate. Gentle paths dotted with Himalayan blue poppies lead to ponds and bridges, Japanese maples and beech trees. At the foot of the garden is a dock where you can borrow a boat for rafting on the river.
Jenny Butchart worked with a Japanese landscape design expert on the Japanese Garden for 20 years.
The magnificent Italian Garden is bounded by two arched entrances, with an elaborate cross-shaped pond with a bronze statue of Mercury in the center, surrounded by colorful annual flowers. The garden was originally intended to be a breeding ground for ornamental ducks, but is now a beautiful place for strolls.
The Mediterranean Garden is a relatively small area that will surprise you with lush exotic plants from around the world.
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Where are the gardens and how to get there?
The address is 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8, Canada.
The Butchart Gardens are located 23 kilometers north of the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island.
The buses that run from downtown Victoria take about 30 minutes to get to the gardens.
The gardens are open to visitors year-round without weekends, and the peak season is from July to August.
The gardens open daily at 9 a.m. and close at 3:30 to 10 p.m. (depending on the month of the year), check the opening hours at the athttp://www.butchartgardens.com/visit/hours.
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|January 15-March 31||24.60||12.30||2.00||22.14|
|April 1 – June 14||30.80||15.40||2.00||27.72|
|June 15 – September 30||33.10||16.55||3.00||29.79|
Butchart Gardens is filled with thousands of illuminations on summer evenings, and on Saturdays you can watch a bright variety of fireworks.
During the Christmas season (December 1-January 6), the Waterwheel Square is transformed into an outdoor ice rink, and the twinkling of lights creates the atmosphere of a real fairy tale. The rink is 465 square meters in size and will be enjoyed by children and adults alike. The cost is $3 to $5.
A children’s merry-go-round was installed on the gardens in 2009, which is the only merry-go-round on Vancouver Island. It opens a half-hour after the gardens open.
If you liked Butchart Gardens, it’s worth a visit to Vancouver’s lavish Queen Elizabeth Park, built in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Remember yesterday we strolled through the garden of cosmic contemplation? Today let’s walk through another amazing garden.
The Butchart Gardens are one of Victoria’s most popular attractions. Paths wind through flowering gardens, leading to ponds, fountains and waterfalls, over wooden bridges over babbling streams, and numerous viewing platforms, pavilions and lawns. The Butchart Gardens provide a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in an atmosphere of vibrant colors and fragrant flowers.
Butchart Gardens were laid out on the site of a former quarry that produced lime for cement production in the early 1900s. After some time the abandoned quarry was turned into a blooming garden. In 2004, Butchart Gardens celebrated its 100th anniversary. The Sunken Garden, Tea Houses and Rosary are internationally recognized landmarks within Butchart Gardens.
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The history of the flower gardens in Victoria began many years ago when entrepreneur Robert Pym Butchart and his wife Jenny Butchart moved to Victoria from Ontario. It was at that time that the Canadian Pacific Railway was reconstructing bridges whose wooden structures were being replaced with concrete. Butchart is rumored to have learned by chance that there were deposits of lime in the sea bay near Victoria, which would have allowed for the establishment of a cement factory there. In 1904 the Vancouver-Portland Cement Company began producing cement. The lime deposits in the next few years were exhausted and the quarry was closed, but the plant continued to operate for some time, supplying the market with tiles and flower pots. The production was finally shut down in 1950. The high chimney left from the old kiln is still a reminder of the former factory.
Jenny Butchart was struck by the pristine nature of Canada’s west coast. She had every reason to believe that the mild climate would create the right conditions for gardening in this region. Jenny Butchart personally planted the first flowers in front of her house. In 1908, with the help of designer Isaburo Kishida, a beautiful Japanese Garden was planted. Work began on the excavated quarry site for the Sunken Garden (work ended in 1921), and in 1929 a beautiful Rosary was established with more than 100 species of hybrid tea rose and 400 grandiflora and climbing roses.
As Mrs. Butchart collected plants, her husband collected ornamental birds from around the world. He arranged ducks in the pond, peacocks on the main lawn. At his direction, birdhouses were made and installed in the gardens, and pigeons were brought in.
The Butcharts decided to name their gardens “Benvenuto,” which means “Welcome.” In the 1920s about 50,000 visitors a year flocked to the Benvenuto to enjoy the works of human hands. Gradually the gardens became more popular under the name Butchart Gardens.
So gradually a flower garden blossomed on the site of the excavated quarry, which later evolved into the world-famous Butchart Garden. The Butchart family became quite famous in town. In 1928, Robert Butchart became an honorary citizen of Victoria. In 1931, Jenny Butchart became Victoria’s citizen of the year. In this way, citizens expressed their appreciation to the family for the contributions the Butcharts made to the city.
With Jenny Butchart’s death, the gardens were abandoned, left unattended. This state of affairs continued until 1946. Jenny Butchart’s grandson Ian Ross and his wife, Ann Lee Ross, were able to revive the gardens again. In order to find the necessary funds for development, they began charging a fee for the right to enter the garden. A cafe opened in the greenhouse, which he later turned into a restaurant. The nursery was considerably enlarged and a store for the sale of seeds and souvenirs was opened. In 1954 the summer lighting of the garden was organized, and 10 years later the Rose Fountain was installed. Visitors came here throughout the year
Butchart Gardens is especially known for its rose garden. The flower arrangements are best viewed from June through September. Each rose is designated by its country of origin. There are a total of 117 different types of tea rose, 64 types of floribandas (a type of rose) and 400 grandifloras (a type of rose) planted on 55 acres of Butchart Gardens.
In addition to roses, rhododendrons grow, which are especially prominent in early spring. An assortment of herbaceous perennials bloom throughout most of the year. The magnificent Chinese Garden and Italian Garden are best visited in the fall.
The Butchart family enjoyed traveling the world. During such travels, they acquired sculptures, which they then exhibited in their gardens. The fountain of three sturgeons and a figure of a wild boar cast in bronze were purchased by them in Florence in 1973. The figure of the wild boar is a copy of the figure displayed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. This bronze figure is known as “Tacca” after Pietro Tacca, the Italian sculptor who created the statue in 1620. The nose of the animal statue is polished to a shine by visitors who affectionately rub the snout of the animal, which promises good luck. The sculpture of the wild boar is especially popular with children visiting the garden.
In 1982 a composition of the Butchart Gardens was displayed at the Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.
Over time, Butchart Gardens has become Victoria’s most famous landmark. A team of more than 50 professional gardeners looks after 1,000,000 plants that bloom continuously from March to October inclusive. About 10,000 visitors come to watch the fireworks display every Saturday evening in July and August. In winter, especially before the holidays, the Butchart Gardens are illuminated with Christmas lights and music bands and performers creating a holiday atmosphere. More than 1 million visitors visit the Gardens each year. In 2004, on the anniversary of its founding, the Gardens were designated a Canadian National Historic Landmark. They are one of the most beautiful and beautiful corners of the world on the planet.
Your walk begins at Waterwheel Square, which is surrounded by a coffee shop, seed and gift store, information center and restrooms. During the Magic of Christmas season, there is an outdoor skating rink. As you exit the square and pass the information center, take the upper left lane to Snail Pond. Opposite it, hanging roses (in the summertime) braid the posts, forming the sloping border of the “Piazza” in front of the former Butchart House. A little farther away hang the baskets in which Mr. Butchart kept exquisitely decorated lodges for his collection of exotic birds. Then follow the first path on the left, which leads to Sunken Garden. Note that the concrete handrails are styled with Oregon oak. Just beyond the curve of the path, the view is spectacular. Along both sides of the road, an eastern thuja tree grows. In some distance you can see a tall kiln, all that’s left of the cement plant. At the foot of the steep staircase, continue left along a path winding among annual flowering trees and shrubs that grow right at the base of the towering walls. A little farther up, on the right, is a rocky hill – it looms over the still waters of Lake Quarry, which has filled a deep depression in the limestone quarry.
Continue on your way, moving to the left and circling the lake toward “Ross Fountain.” This fountain was created and installed by Ian Ross, grandson of Robert and Jenny Butchart, to commemorate the garden’s 60th anniversary. The water in the fountain gushes 21 meters (70 feet), a magnificent sight both during the day and at night. From here, a concrete walkway climbs up past a shopping tent (placed depending on the season). At the top, turn left, passing the toilets and bronze horse “Annabelle” to the children’s pavilion and the Rose carousel, which features 30 hand-carved wooden animal figures and two chariots. Above, two totem poles tower over a field of fireworks. On Saturday nights in July and August, thousands of visitors can see the spectacular fireworks display created by Christopher Ross, the Butcharts’ great-grandson.
Continue past the Organ Pavilion (originally a barn) to the left of the Concert Lawn, between a magnificent display of dahlias (in fall) and three ancient trees, to the Rose Garden. Evergreen framed arches bending under the weight of roses (in summer) lead to a frog-shaped fountain and, to the right, to a “wrought-iron wishing well.” A variety of hybrid tea roses contain plaques indicating the name, country of origin and year of registration with the American Society of Rose Lovers. The best time to visit the Rose Garden in all its glory is July and August. Walk through an open arbor covered with climbing roses to the bronze Sturgeon Fountain, which was cast in Florence, Italy.
Walk past the fountain, continue left through the Toria Gate and down the stairs into the garden. There are Himalayan blue poppies everywhere (in bloom in late spring). Jenny Butchart was one of the first in North America to start growing these flowers after the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens provided her with the first seeds. This unusual garden was planted in 1906 with the help of Japanese landscape expert Isaburo Kishida. A path on the left through a bamboo archway leads to our pier, where the boat “Jenny B” takes passengers (in summer) for a walk along the ruins of the cement factory at Tod’s Bay. One flight of stairs connects the “Japanese Garden” to the “Star Pond,” which was once created for Mr. Butchart’s collection of ornamental ducks. Arranged between the beams of the “star” are beds of brightly colored annuals that surround the frog-shaped fountain that rises in the center.
Inside the garden, between two entrances framed by arches, is a bronze statue of Mercury. Water flows into the pond, which is shaped like a cross, from a fountain depicting a child holding a fish. Until 1926 there was a tennis court with a concrete surface. The long, narrow structure on the left, which once housed a bowling alley, now provides shade for the gelateria located here (running depending on the season). A tunnel under the bowling alley leads to the “Piazza,” where a Florence-made statue of Tacchi the hog is located. On the right are the Plant Identification Center and the Dining Room restaurant. A path to the left, past the restrooms, leads to the Blue Poppy Restaurant and Greenhouse Show with its convenient photo window and then out to the point where your walk began, Waterville Square, a coffee shop, a seed and gift store and an information center.
From Waterville Square, walk under magnificent arches of golden rainscotch covered with beautiful dangling yellow flowers (in late spring) to the last garden before the parking lot. This unusual garden features drought-tolerant plants from various parts of the world that need the conditions typical of our mild climate zone.
Butchart Gardens Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave, Victoria, Canada Tel: 250-652-5256 Fax: 250-652-7751 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.butchartgardens.com