Victoria garden guide and the Butchart Gardens
Victoria gardens benefit from our wonderful gardening climate and there are many more worth visiting in addition to the Butchart Gardens.
- Victoria is sometimes called "The City of Gardens".
- A flower count is held in February each year - the record count was 21,691,666,716 blooms in 2010!
- So plan to visit a garden during your visit.
The Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, BC, (1-866 652-4422). Over 50 acres of glorious floral displays. Justifiably world famous and deserving several hours to visit. Stay for the evening display of lights 15th June to 15th September and 1st December to 6th January. The Saturday fireworks show is highly recommended in July and August.
Treat yourself to afternoon tea - one of the best in Victoria, buy a picnic hamper or have dinner in The Dining Room in the Butchart family's original home. Click for more about the Butchart Gardens.
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Other Victoria gardens
The Gardens at HCP (formerly Glendale Gardens)
505 Quayle Road, Victoria. A demonstration and education garden with over 100 acres of displays of heathers, rhododendrons, perennials and much more. We enjoy the enchanting Takata Japanese garden in a wooded hillside. See a photo gallery and more about Glendale Gardens.
Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria (next to the Chapel). Here's an excellent variety of hundreds of rhododendrons seen best in May and June. Stroll by over 3,000 different trees and shrubs in a lovely woodland setting. Free entry, just pay for parking.
2005 Sooke Road, Victoria. Italian Gardens, Japanese Garden and a Rose Garden. Situated on over 500 acres of the former Dunsmuir estate with ocean views across to the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. Created at the turn of the 19th century by over 100 gardeners working full time for 10 years, these three gardens are open daily. Guided tours are available.
1401 Rockland Avenue, Victoria. The official residence of the Lieutenant Governor, the Queen's representative in British Columbia. Substantial gardens in a lovely setting which are established and maintained in large part by volunteers. There is a large cut flower garden, an English country garden, fountain, iris borders, a heather garden, perennial beds, a herb garden, lily garden, rose gardens, rhododendrons and woodlands.
1964 Fairfield Road, Victoria. $10 admission. The result of 40 years of dedication by a Russian prince and princess who rebuilt their lives after years of separation and internment during the Second World War. Saved from development in 2000 by donations and volunteer labour, the natural garden has Garry Oaks, exposed rock with ponds and alpines and a rhododendron woodland. Enjoy a light lunch here during the summer.
Playfair Park (above)
Rock Street, off Quadra Street. A secret treasure of which many Victorians are unaware. May and June sparkle with hundreds of rhododendrons in a one-acre maze. It has a lovely perennial border garden maintained by city garden staff.
Beacon Hill Park
South of downtown off Douglas Street, offering much variety and space even with a Petting Zoo. Don't miss the photogenic stone bridge across from the pond. A jewel!
A pleasant small oceanfront park with views to the Olympic Mountains.
Though mainly visited as a habitat for butterflies these are also interesting as tropical gardens - see information on our Saanich Peninsula page.
Garden tours: Victoria Garden Tours (250) 380-2797.
View Victoria attractions including wineries, and local recreation including whale-watching.
Victoria's Finest B&Bs gardens page