The quiet of winter
More than a spring or summer affair, with Vancouver Island’s temperate climate, The Gardens have something to offer year-round. Enjoy the solitude winter brings, and take in the subtle beauty of our shrubs, trees and flowers, from delicate snowdrops to lush hellebore.
From mid January to mid March, The Blue Poppy Restaurant is transformed into a wonderful indoor spring display with paths lined by flowering shrubs, trees and thousands of bulbs.
Visit the Historical Display, a retrospective from the days of Robert and Jennie Butchart, Ian and Ann-Lee Ross, and their son Christopher. Each of them had a passion for the Gardens and provided a legacy of hospitality, welcoming visitors from around the world.
Now in a new location behind the Visitor Information Centre.
Opening Friday, February 10 from 11:00AM – 3:00PM, continuing daily until Monday, April 10.
At The Gardens, winter is in two takes: late October through November and late January through March. In the first half, we prepare for winter fall—and our beloved Christmas display. Greenhouse activity never seems to slow as we move out thousands of Poinsettias for Christmas décor. After Christmas, the garden sleeps while we tend to any alterations or upgrades of the landscape.