Step back in time and explore The Butchart Gardens history at their annual Historical Display 2019.
When winter falls, we open the former Butchart family residence, Benvenuto, to our visitors. Inside the Historical Display 2019, you’ll find curated displays of memorabilia that chronicle The Garden’s history, from its days as a limestone quarry to today. From room to room, you’ll see original furnishings, letters and photographs from the early 1900s.
The dragon that once graced the top of the watercourse in the Japanese Garden has returned–in a manner of speaking. Admittedly, it’s not the original, but we will go out on a limb and state with great confidence it is superior in many ways. Although The Butchart Gardens don’t have any historical records regarding the original dragon, we had local artist Nathan Scott recreate this exquisite piece by taking fragments from the original piece, rebuilding what he had to the best of his ability, and then reimagining and recreating the intricate details. What Nathan has achieved is remarkable as the new sculpture is simply stunning and should turn the heads of every visitor descending the stairs into the Japanese Garden.
You may be wondering about the differences in dragons and what makes them unique as they now have a dragon of Chinese origin (located at the top of the Concert Lawn) and this newly minted Japanese version. If you look closely, the first thing you may have noticed is that the Chinese dragon has 5 toes and the Japanese dragon has only three. The Chinese claim that dragons originated in their country and as the dragon flew further away from their home they began losing toes. The Japanese claim ownership of origin as well, but their story is the dragons gained toes as they flew further away.
Be sure to take a look at these two dragons on your next visit.
Victoria, BC., March 26, 2015 – The Butchart Gardens is pleased to announce The Dining Room Restaurant has been named one of the Top 100 Best Restaurants in Canada by OpenTable. The inaugural list of winners is derived from more than 275,000 reviews for approximately 1,500 restaurants as submitted by OpenTable diners across the country.
“We are very proud of the whole team, ” said Bob Parrotta, Director of Food Services. “Our goal is simple, to exceed customer expectations, every single day. We use seasonal local ingredients, including herbs and flowers grown on site – this sets us apart and makes for a unique dining experience.”
“We are honoured to recognize the Top 100 Best Restaurants in Canada based on OpenTable diner reviews,” said Caroline Potter, Chief Dining Officer, OpenTable. “The Top 100 celebrates Canadian restaurants that provide exceptional, and unforgettable, dining experiences and we are proud to include The Dining Room on this prestigious list.”
Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between February 1, 2014, and January 31, 2015, the 100 award-winning restaurants received the highest overall scores.
About The Dining Room Restaurant
The Dining Room Restaurant is located in the original Butchart family residence at The Butchart Gardens. The 120 seat restaurant which offers spectacular views of the Private Garden, the Italian Garden, and Tod Inlet is noted for its autumn/winter High Tea and spring/summer Afternoon Tea service. Lunch and dinner service is seasonal throughout the year and traditional gourmet picnics are available during the summer on Firework Saturday and Special Event nights.
OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 16 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 32,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation.
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The Butchart Gardens was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004, and consists of 22 hectares/55 acres of spectacular floral beauty.
The Butchart Gardens is one of the top attractions in Victoria, British Columbia and ranked by USA Today, CNN and National Geographic as one of the top display gardens in the world. Started in 1904 by Jennie Butchart and her husband, Robert, the renown of this family owned gardens is widespread. Each year over a million bedding plants in some 900 varieties give you uninterrupted bloom from March through October. Almost a million people visit annually for spring’s colourful flowering bulbs; summer’s riot of colour, entertainment and Saturday Fireworks; autumn’s russets and golds; the Magic of Christmas’ decorations; and winter’s peacefulness.
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DINING AT THE GARDENS
From casual to fine dining our culinary team offers farm to fork freshness to complement our outstanding floral displays.You’ll find the visual feasts of colours in the gardens are complemented by our dining options. Learn more about all your dining options by visiting the Dining page on The Butchart Gardens website. Reservations can be made by calling (250) 652-8222 or via OpenTable using the link above.
Each summer The Gardens complements the sights and scents with a festival of daily concerts and events. The open air concerts take place on the Concert Lawn stage. Come sit on a bench, or bring a blanket and sit on the lawn. You’ll enjoy the on-stage performances and, on toe-tapping music nights, the performances by visitors’ children who just have to frolic on the lawn. Even the swallows seem determined to perform with stellar overhead acrobatics. Enjoy the summer entertainment program as part of your general admission ticket. No extra charge for lovely evenings on the Concert Lawn or for Firework Saturdays.Learn more by visiting the Entertainment page on The Butchart Gardens website.
Spectacular. Jaw-dropping. Breathtaking. Our Saturday Night firework show is included with your general admission.All ten summer Saturday nights feature a jaw-dropping, dazzling Firework show with both aerial and ground displays choreographed to show tunes.Our Firework shows began in 1977 and continue to be one of The Gardens’ most popular draws. Our show times and dates vary from year to year, so please check below for the detailed schedule. The same show happens each Saturday but changes from year to year.Learn more by visiting The Butchart Gardens’ website.
Create happy and wonderful experiences for your five senses: see, hear, taste, smell and touch. LIVING FOSSILS WALKViewable: Every SeasonWe’re fortunate to have more than a dozen ancient trees (often known as ‘living fossils’) at The Gardens. Learn about a few of them here and where they’re located, or pick up the Living Fossils brochure when you visit to help you find a dozen species here.