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.

Spring Prelude

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.

Historical Display

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.

Located in the original Butchart Family residence, the display is open, February 14 – March 17, 2024.

Peaceful gardens

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 —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.

Winter Favourites

  • Daphne
  • Crocus
  • Heather
  • Primrose
  • Witch Hazel
  • Hellebore