There are few better places to witness the display of seasonal changes than at The Butchart Gardens, and in spring the gardens burst with new color and life. No visit to Victoria B.C., is complete without a trip to The Gardens. Regulars return as on a pilgrimage, and for good reason.
The 55-acre Butchart Gardens is made up of five separate gardens: the iconic Sunken Garden, Italian Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Japanese Garden and Rose Garden. Each is a spectacular display on its own, and, when toured one after another, it makes a day trip well worth taking.
Once you arrive, start at The Gardens’ Waterwheel Square. There, you can stop by the Visitor Information Center and pick up a map to plan your walking route, browse the on-site shop and grab refreshments in the coffee shop. Or stop in for a casual lunch in the former greenhouse, now The Blue Poppy Restaurant. For a fine dining experience, reserve a table for lunch in the Dining Room of the original residence overlooking the Italian Garden.
Regular tour buses depart from Victoria’s Inner Harbour, making getting to and from The Butchart Gardens easy. Learn more about visiting The Butchart Gardens at butchartgardens.com. Clipper Vacations offers Victoria overnight packages and even day trips from Seattle that tour Victoria and The Butchart Gardens, including transportation via high-speed catamaran; book at clippervacations.com.