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Butchart Gardens Historical Display – 114 Years of History

January 15 @ 10:00 am - March 15 @ 3:30 pm

Butchart Gardens Historical Display 2018

Experience The Butchart Gardens Historical Display: Only in the Winter and only near Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island!

This winter, step back into history. From January 15 to March 15, 2018, you are invited to visit the Butchart Residence to see how the family lived in the early 1900s through the lens of the Butchart Gardens Historical Display.

During the relatively warm wintry months, The Butchart Gardens open the former family residence, Benvenuto, to their guests. You’ll see displays of memorabilia chronicling The Garden’s history—from cement making plant to Jennie Butchart’s garden. Walking through several rooms in the former residence you will see original furnishings, letters, and photographs. The family travelled the world and were great collectors. Although what is displayed changes from year to year there are usually photographs from other areas along with memorabilia such as cruise ship menus and programs. In the Billiard Room you’ll also see how the family entertained themselves and visiting friends with items such as stereoscopic viewers and musical instruments.

2018 Butchart Gardens Historical Display highlights

White Room

As you enter the residence, you will be in the White Room. Here you will discover letters about the quality of the cement being porduced at the cement plant, along with samples of old cement flower pots that were produced here into the 1950’s, after major cement production stopped.

Additional White Room Highlights

  • Letters from visitors requesting The Gardens as venue for events, along with pictures of these events
  • Correspondence from people throughout North America seeking Jennie Butchart’s reclamation expertise
  • The story of Jennie’s private garden. This is still maintained as a private display today.

Breakfast Room

After the White Room, you will enter the Breakfast Room. Here you will get a glimpse of the Butchart’s travels and leisure. See their travel plans including books on Japanese gardens in preparation for their trip to Japan as well as memorabilia from their avid tennis days.

Tango Room

The Rose Garden is a big part of Butchart history. In this room, discover the development of the Rose Garden including landscape architecture, pergola blueprints, and other references to planning. Once this garden was established, the Butchart’s became members of the National Rose Society based out of London, U.K., later featured in a publication that you can see for yourself in the Tango Room.

Billiard Room

From Gardens visitors to royalty and film stars, the Butchart’s regularly entertained. In the Billiard Room, you will feel as though you’re one of their guests.

Billiard Room Highlights

  • Early photography – camera equipment and stereoscope demonstrations by staff
  • Musical box demonstrations as well as various games and instruments
  • A fashion flashback, looking at Robert Butchart’s walking stick collection, clothing brochures and images of attire from the era
  • Photos of the indoor pool, including a letter from the Duke and Duchess of Connaught about their swimming experience


Butchart Gardens Billiard Room

From quarry to garden, the Butchart Gardens Historical Display is filled with interesting events and connections to current day. Let our knowledgeable and passionate staff paint you a picture of the past and walk you through time in the 2018 Historical Display.

To top off the experience, enjoy High Tea in the conservatory room of the Dining Room Restaurant, another long-standing Butchart tradition.

Photos: The Butchart Gardens






The Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Ave.
Brentwood Bay,BCV8X 3X4Canada
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1 (866) 652-4422