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Summer Fireworks at The Butchart Gardens

By Scott McDonald |


Did you know the The Butchart Summer Fireworks began in 1977?

The choreographed 30 minute shows continue to be just as jaw-dropping year after year. 2018 show times and dates vary from year to year. so please check below for the detailed schedule.schedule. The same show happens each Saturday but changes from year to yearAfter the show, we invite you to linger a while to minimize conjestion leaving the parking lots. Take some time following fireworks to enjoy the Night Illuminations throughout The Butchart Gardens or a half hour live recital from the rare Aeolian Pipe Organ situated in the loft of the Organ Pavilion adjacent to the Concert Lawn.

2019 Show Times:

Saturday, June 29 10:15 PM
Saturday, July 6 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 13 10:00 PM
Saturday, July 20 9:45 PM
Saturday, July 27 9:45 PM
Saturday, August 3 9:30 PM
Saturday, August 10 9:15 PM
Saturday, August 17 9:15 PM
Saturday, August 24 9:00 PM
Saturday, August 31 8:45 PM


VIP fireworks seating makes for an especially memorable evening, or a great gift for valued employees and can be a great way to say thank you to special business clients. The VIP package includes:

  • Expedited entry to The Gardens
  • Reserved seating in the VIP Private Viewing Area
  • Reserved parking
  • Only a limited number of VIP Fireworks seats are available each Saturday so reservations are strongly recommended. Reservations may be made Monday through Friday, with a 3 pm cut-off on the
  • Fridays before Firework Saturdays.
  • Same day phone reservations are not possible.

Adult : $250 + tax
Youth: $230 + tax
Child: $218 + tax
Add-On After Admission: $215 + tax

View VIP Seating Rates. Reservations: 250-652-4422 x320

Before the Firework Show enjoy the Summer Evenings at The Gardens live entertainment on the Concert Lawn (every night during July and August) and on each Fireworks Saturday.

*Blankets are available for purchase on site.

You may also be interested in this post on Vancouver Island Gardens.



Picnic in the Gardens at HCP

By Scott McDonald |

Picnics in the Garden at HCP

Enjoy a Picnic in the Gardens at HCP – Free Admission too!

The annual summer Picnic in the Gardens at HCP has returned! Bring a picnic and enjoy your dinner in a beautiful setting. Admission is by donation.

Picnic in the Gardens at HCP happens on four (4) dates:

May 30, 2018 – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

June 27, 2018 – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

July 25, 2018 – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Aug 29, 2018 – – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

And if you liked picnicking in the garden, The Gardens at HCP is the place to say “I do” for your wedding! With a variety of spaces, including a Japanese garden, they offer everything you need from beautiful spaces for your ceremony, photography, and reception. They were named the ‘Best Outdoor Venue’ of 2016 at the Vancouver Island Wedding Industry Awards, so it’s easy to see why they book up so far in advance!

Imagine a garden wedding

Find out more about a garden wedding at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

Interested in a career in Horticulture? Find more about a Horticulture Certificate program at The Gardens at HCP.


Victoria Cherry Blossom Festival

By Scott McDonald |

Victoria Cherry Blossom Festival

Experience the second annual Victoria Cherry Blossom Festival at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria!

This event is a collaboration between the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society (VNCS), The City of
Victoria, Haiku Arbutus, and The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Happening this Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, come out and enjoy the early cherry blossoms, Japanese cultural activities and refreshments.


Front Lobby
1:00 – 4:00  Kimono demonstrations with Hitomi Harama, Ume Silk Kimono Couturier
Sakura Stage, Mansion Lobby – MC Yvonne Blomer – Poet Laureate, City of Victoria
1:15                San Girls Pop Dance performance
2:00              Kamishibai storytelling with Wakana Takai-McLean
3:00              Poetry Open Mike (sign up from 1:00 – 3:00)

Centennial Gallery – Beyond the Edges Exhibition

1:00 – 4:00   Fukuwarai game
1:30 | 2:00 | 2:30 | 3:00 | 3:30 Haiku workshops with Terry Ann Carter (10 minute sessions)
Spencer Gallery – Mansion – Hands on art making activities
1:00 – 4:00   Sumi-e and calligraphy demos with Mike Abe
1:00 – 4:00   Haiku Arbutus
1:00 – 4:00   Origami
1:00 – 4:00   Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society with guests Gordon and Ann Lee Switzer
Kearley Gallery – Mansion – Refreshments
Admission is by donation.
Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who worked hard to make this event possible.