Butchart Gardens

Story Title: Butchart Gardens
Episode: Four
Broadcast Date: 13th April 2013
Presenter: Susannah Wilson

Trevor and Kim have been lucky enough to travel to the best gardens of the world, and just a few hours flight from the east coast of America to the West coast of Canada are the Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island

Must See Gardens

  • Still owned today by the Butchart family, the garden once functioned as a lime quarry. The kilns produced Portland cement, an important industry in the early part of the 1900's
  • When cement production ceased, the matriarch of the family Jenny Butchart slowly transformed the old abandoned quarry into a grand sunken garden
  • The plants in the garden beds are changed 5 times a year, so whenever you visit the gardens, you're in for a great show
  • The gardens are over 100 years old and some of the trees like the grand Lombardy poplars were planted back then to screen out the old chimneys and now create a beautiful backdrop
  • The garden's unique topography shelters it from strong prevailing winds. Situated in a deep valley the garden has a unique microclimate. Hot summer temperatures are moderated and even though cold winter winds don't reach the bottom of the garden, it's prone to long periods of deep frost. This enables the growth of a wide diversity of plant species
  • For more information on the gardens click here