The Butchart Gardens
If you love gardens, then Summer is the best time to enjoy them. Butchart Gardens is one of the best gardens in North America. If you happen to be in Canada, visit the Butchart Gardens and enjoy every minute of your stay.
The Butchart Gardens is a National Historic Site of Canada. It is an internationally renowned group of floral display gardens, which receives more than a million visitors each year. It is located in Vancouver Island, 14 miles north of Victoria, and 12.5 miles south of the Vancouver-Victoria terminal at Swartz Bay. Butchart Gardens offers a delightful sight of over 55 acres of landscaped grounds. During the summer time, flowers are in their peak of blossoming with fragrances that are so inviting.
The gardens are open all-year round. If you are planning to visit, the following may be helpful for you in deciding which of the gardens' 5 seasons is most convenient for your schedule: Winter: January to March; Spring: March to June; Summer: June to September; Autumn: September to November; Christmas: December 1 to January 6
The views of the gardens are magnificent any time of the year, but Summer is the best time to visit. Views during this time are breath taking. This is the time when flowers are in full bloom. You will see different species and colors in their grandest glory, some of which are Begonias, Fuchsias, Pansies, Dahlias, Roses, Hydrangeas, Marigolds, and a lot more. Enjoy sight seeing during the day, and admire the Night Illuminations as thousand of lights glow upon the trees, shrubs, and flowers at night. You will appreciate watching some performing artists sing and dance as they show off their talents and entertain you each summer night at the open air Concert Lawn stage. Watch the beautiful fireworks every Saturday night.
Make sure you bring your cameras with you and take pictures of the amazing gardens. Otherwise, there are disposable cameras available at the Information Center. You can also buy 12-month passes that will allow you to visit the gardens any time and see for yourself how the gardens look like in all 4 seasons of the year. Take your family with you as everyone will truly enjoy the beauty of these paradise-like gardens.
Year 2012 marks the 26th year that the gardens are decorated with thousands of festive colored lights and displays under the theme Twelve Days of Christmas. Experience Christmas festivities by enjoying some recreational activities such as skating in a 5,000-square foot outdoor rink that comfortably accommodates 75 skaters, or take the chance watching the performers sing merry Christmas carols. Have a fancy meal at The Dining Room Restaurant, which is elegantly decorated with the holiday theme. The Blue Poppy Restaurant features a wide range of dishes and desserts. If you just simply want to have some hot beverages in front of a fire place, come to the Coffee Shop, and keep yourself warm. When it comes to Christmas themed gift items, stop by the Seed and Gift Store, where wide selections of gift ideas are available and prices are affordable. Christmas season runs from December 1 to January 6.
One of the newest highlights at Butchart Gardens is the Rose Carousel, which was opened in 2009. It is a carousel or merry-go-round that features different types of animals. Some of these animals are camels, zebras, horses, cats, ostriches, bears, and many more.
The Rose Carousel is located in the Children's Pavilion, which has 7,534 square foot area. The pavilion has a dome and a full front glass wall. It is decorated with different plant species. It accommodates special events such as birthday parties, weddings, reunions, company meetings and gatherings, and many other types of events. Whether you have a small or large group, the pavilion will be a great place to celebrate special occasions.
Visiting the Butchart Gardens is an experience that will always be cherished. Not only would visitors love the beauty of the gardens, they will also appreciate the services offered.
The Visitor Information Center sells 12-month passes that can be used any time of the year. There are disposable cameras, films, phone cards, and postage stamps. Some non-prescription medications are also available. Pay phones can be found in many locations. If you want to eat, there are picnic tables located adjacent to the main parking area. The Information Center has a small drop box for mails, and postage stamps are available for purchase. There are Visitor Maps printed in 21 languages, that show different garden areas and how to get there. Wheelchairs are free of charge but require $10 refundable deposit and are on a first-come-first-served basis. Your visits will never be complete without buying souvenir items at the Seed and Gift Store.
If you happen to be in the area, don't hesitate to visit the Butchart Gardens, or you'll miss a lot. Have a nice and enjoyable visit!