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Spring Flowers at The Butchart Gardens

With all the flowers now in bloom and the sun starting to come out, a day trip like our Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour it is the perfect way to enjoy the gorgeous spring season.

While the Butchart Gardens embody the essence of every season, spring tends to be a favourite amongst our Tour Guides.

Should you be planning a trip over to see these meticulously maintained gardens, it’s worth noting that the flowers that dwell here are able to survive the challenging conditions of BC’s West Coast, and manage to look spectacular in the process.  

You’ll find no shortage of colours and variety as the spring gardens contain over 300,000 bulbs during the season. Some of the most prominent of these flowers are listed below:

Tulips

Tulips are often considered the stars of spring, and The Butchart Gardens always places them center stage.

You can find thousands of them along the winding pathways, within the Sunken Garden and the Italian Garden. The vibrant colours range from deep maroons, reds and purples to bright pinks, yellows, white, and oranges.

Daffodils

There is no mistaking the bright yellow daffodil, a cheerful addition to anyone’s garden. In addition to the notable yellow version tucked amongst the blue forget-me-nots, you’ll also find many of the white daffodils throughout the many gardens.

Ornamental Cherry

The ornamental cherry trees soft pink and white flowers act as a focal point against the sprawling green lawns in the gardens, making them hard to miss. Cherry blossom season usually lasts from late March to May, giving visitors plenty of time to check out these gorgeous flowers. Find these trees tucked within the Japanese Garden, which is also one of the most popular gardens with our Landsea Tour Guides.

Magnolia

The Magnolia flower may not be as dramatic in its colouring compared to others, but it is one of the most important flowers since it is a common source of pollen. This white and pink flower attracts bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators to its sweet nectar. You’ll also find this flower blooming from the branches of a magnolia tree, rather than budding from the ground.

Peony

The peony flower is a bustle of petals seen in pastel pinks, purples and whites, or a darker red. This flower can appear in various forms, each as bright as the last. You’ll find these guys are an imposing bundle of colour amongst the green bushes and are often a favourite of many gardeners.

Rhododendron

The most diverse species of flower on our list, the rhododendron has over 1000 subspecies. This plant covers itself completely with hundreds of bright flowers and grows quickly. You’ll find the rhododendron is a staple in most gardens, brightening up its surroundings with a beautiful burst of colour.

While there are countless more plants to be seen at The Butchart Gardens, we suggest visiting yourself to experience the wonder of this national heritage site of Canada, and the vision of Jenny Butchart.

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