New Butchart Gardens exhibit: Victoria winter gardens turn into spring

by admin on February 28, 2013

Victoria’s winter gardens are gone at Butchart Gardens as it hosts its Spring Prelude.

This is the time of year to see the background shrubs and trees of summer standing out more prominently in the various gardens. You’ll be surprised what grows in a temperate winter climate on the wet West Coast, so hurry – winter will be over soon, replaced instead by daffodils, tulips, cherry trees and the other blooms of March.

Until the end of March, visit The Spring Prelude at Butchart Gardens, and enjoy an incredible 6,000 square foot indoor garden. The display includes many of favorite outdoor plants which have been brought indoors and forced into bloom well ahead of what nature would normally allow. Spring Prelude is filled with lush plants, trees, koi pond, water features and hundreds of fragrant blooms.

There will also be a historic display until Mar 15 in the main dining room at the Gardens. The display details the story of Butchart Gardens through photographs, letters and other mementos  The display is spread through several rooms of the Butchart’s former residence and gives you a glimpse of the rich history surrounding the wonderful gardens on the Saanich Peninsula.

Butchart Gardens was started by Ontario dry goods merchant, Robert Pim Butchart who began manufacturing cement. Attracted to the West Coast of Canada by rich limestone deposits vital for cement production, he built a factory at Tod Inlet, on Vancouver Island. There, in 1904, he and his family established their home. After many years they transformed the limestone quarry into Victoria’s beautiful gardens – famous in winter, spring, summer and fall.