With themes changing each season, Butchart Gardens, originally named Benvenuto, is a flower lover’s and photographer’s paradise. Nestled on 55 acres in Brentwood Bay, the gardens is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Pack a picnic, hop on the Mill Bay Ferry and you will be there in about 35 minutes. Or if you are in Victoria, it is about 15 minutes north.

Welcome to Butchart Gardens, Flickr photo by Donnali

Summer Gardens, Photo courtesy of Garden Web

Photo by “Mary” on Flickr

Wedding Season
If you are a bride getting married in the winter months (Jan 15-March 31) on Vancouver Island, Butchart Gardens is now open for small wedding parties of 60 or less.

Every Saturday night throughout the summer, there is a beautiful fireworks display just after the sun goes down. On August 9, we will be able to see the fireworks across the bay around 9:15.

Fireworks over the bay, Flickr photo by Bob & Nadia

A spot of tea
Enjoying afternoon tea while visiting Victoria is apparently a check point on a visitor’s to-do list. Since I live in Vancouver year round, I have never really found the time to enjoy this myself. If this is your thing, Butchart offers afternoon tea year round in their dining room.

Afternoon tea, Flickr photo by Mikamika


One thought on “Benvenuto

  1. I can vouch for the Afternoon Tea at Butchart Gardens – it is the best!
    And believe me you won’t walk away hungry.
    It even beats Afternoon Tea at the Empress in Victoria. However, the Empress is celebrating its
    100th year this year, maybe it will be better.
    Mom R

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