Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens is a 22 acre, private flower garden and is located on the Saanich Peninsula of southern Vancouver Iceland. The private garden is situated about 21 kilometers north of Victoria and 20 kilometers south of the ferry terminal Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

The garden can be reached via Highway 1.


The garden was created in 1904 by Jennie Butchart. She wanted to beautify the abandoned quarry, where her husband Robert Pim Butchart limestone Portland cement had let reduce. From 1907 to 1912, she supported the Japanese landscaper Isaburo Kishida, who laid out also other parks in the region at this time, the expansion of the garden. 1939 handed Jennie Butchart responsibility for the garden at their grandson Ian Ross. This retained the responsibility for maintaining and expanding the next 58 years. Today, the park is located in the family-owned and managed by the family.

On 12 October 2004 the Butchart Gardens on the National Historic Site of Canada were appointed.


Today, the park is divided into five main areas:

  • The Sunken Garden,
  • The rose garden,
  • The Japanese Garden,
  • The Italian Garden and
  • The Mediterranean garden.

The individual gardens are connected by winding paths and lawns. The park employed throughout the year about 50 gardeners.

About a million plants are placed so that the individual gardens are in full bloom during the months of March to October each year. In the remaining months of the year, visitors can admire plants with colorful berries and partially trimmed bushes and trees.


In the Japanese garden

The Italian Garden

In the Mediterranean garden

The "Rose Fountaine "

Pictures of Butchart Gardens