Saturday was suppose to be the busiest day for me but I got sick. I managed to tour around Butchart Gardens for an hour and a half before I had to go home. Even though I had only a short amount of time to wander the gardens, I felt that I got to see a little glimpse of everything.
The gardens, that I have yet to see in full bloom due to my own scheduling, are situated in an old limestone quarry. Based off of information from their brochure, the gardens cover over 55 acres of a 130 acre estate. The gardens include a Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Star Pond, Italian Garden, and a Mediterranean Garden. The Butchart Gardens also have three dining locations: The Dining Room Restaurant, The Blue Popp Restaurant, and a Coffee Shop. They have a large gift shop (very big) of beautiful garden trinkets, clothing and seeds. When you buy your ticket, they give you a map of the gardens and a Flower and Plant Guide which I didn’t get a chance to use because I was feeling too ill to read. I kept the guide for my own personal use.
In the former home of the Butchart family, the Butchart Gardens offer High Tea during certain hours. When I was there, it looked to be around 12pm or 1pm. If you are planning a big event, this is a great place to book. Not only do they have many beautiful spaces to plan an event but they also have catering services.
One of the things I love about this place was they allow dogs to enter on leashes. If you have kids, they also have a working carousel for them to ride and fireworks at night!
There is a lot of history about the gardens and I do recommend checking out their website for more information.