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Annual Greater Victoria Flower Count

By Scott McDonald |

Victoria Flower Count 2020

March 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Victoria Flower Count 2020

Are you ready for the 2020 Victoria Flower Count?

The 2020 Victoria Flower Count will be the 45th iteration of the event and  takes place March 4 to 11, across the greater Victoria area on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Which municipality will become the “Bloomingest Community” this time around?

Each municipality across Greater Victoria is encouraged to take up the challenge. People reporting flower counts will have their number attributed to their community. Whether they live on the Saanich Peninsula or in Sooke, every flower counts, for their own community and for the overall total.  

The City of Colwood has claimed the title the last five years running, 2014 to 2018, but last year, the City of Victoria, with 19,948,306,872 blooms counted, reclaimed its traditional mantle.

Students and schools are also major part of this counting effort and the the winning Grade 4 or 5 class will receive a trip the The Butchart Gardens!

Results are recorded daily on the 2020 Victoria Flower Count website. Final tallies are released to media outlets across North America to show spring arrives in Victoria, BC first!

Go to flowercount.ca to add your count between March 4th to 11th, 2020.

The light-hearted event brings national and international attention to the fact that Victoria, also known as the city of Gardens, has the mildest climate in Canada. Even now the blooms are turning the greater Victoria area pink!

L’un blossoms in Victoria, BC — February 2020

The greater Victoria Flower Count is jointly organised by Destination Greater Victoria, The Butchart Gardens and The Victoria Chamber. Gardens British Columbia is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

Need practice counting? Check out The Butchart Gardens 2020 Spring Prelude indoor garden, on until March 15, 2020.

While you are waiting to count the blooms, why not brush up on your #FlowerCount history and read: 5 Surprising Facts About Victoria’s Flower Count.

Also, don’t forget to post your photos to social media during the count and use the above hashtag for a chance to win a Butchart Gardens experience!


March 11
6:00 pm PST
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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.

The Butchart Gardens – Dining room restaurant receives ‘Top 100’ recognition

By Scott McDonald | Garden News , Press Release

The Butchart Gardens The Dining Room Restaurant

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.

About OpenTable
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.

Media Contact :
Bob Parrotta
Director of Food Services
The Butchart Gardens






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