The Butchart Gardens Autumn Edition
September 16 to November 30, 2015

Explore Autumn in The Gardens

by Rick Los, director of horticulture

I have always wondered how this dynamic and beautiful season came to be known simply as ‘fall’. To me, naming a season based on the single basic fact that this is the time of year when leaves ‘fall’ from trees just seems somewhat inadequate. In my brief research I didn't find an ...

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Food News

High Tea returns October 1st

From October 1st through to the end of winter our traditional High Tea retuns with a selection of savoury foods including Cornish pasties and chicken and mushroom vol-au-vents, and of course a selection of teas.  Step into The Dining Room Restaurant located in the former residence of the Butcharts and enjoy this English tradition

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The Autumn Experience

Admission and High Tea

November 1 to 30, Admission and High Tea for just $46 per person plus tax (that's just $28.70 plus tax for 12 Month Pass holders).

Enjoy a brisk walk in the autumn sunshine followed by an elegant Dining Room Restaurant High Tea experience. Bring a friend, and perhaps take in a Greenhouse Tour on the weekends. (See below)

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Discover The Gardens ...

Parties, Walks, Fossils and more ...

Discovery Walk: learn, draw, and discover in English or French.
Birthday Parties: Book your party with a hand-carved Carousel & party room!
12 Month Passes: Discover the benefits of 12 month passes.

Exclusive 12 Month Pass Events
Harvest Feast - Saturday Sept 19
12 Month Pass Event - Thurs Nov 19

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Greenhouse Tours

Every weekend in November

We offer complimentary weekend tours of some of our 26 greenhouses in November.
Tours are available every Saturday and Sunday in November at 10 am, noon and 2 pm. Tours are free, but admission to The Gardens is required. Reservations suggested and begin October 13, 2015.

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A Christmas Party

Christmas starts here ...

Gather your friends and colleagues for the annual festive Dinner and Dance on Saturday, November 28th in the Blue Poppy Restaurant (no group is too small).

Music, fabulous food, dancing, and a stroll though The Gardens to enjoy the the Magic of Christmas.

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Watch our New Video!

So many pathways to explore...

Worth a visit in all 5 seasons! Explore spring and early summer in this new 90 second video about The Gardens.  Listen to the sounds in the Japanese Garden, take a peek at the Dragon Fountain and see spectacular fireworks, plus much more! All set to original music by an award winning videographer.

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In Preparation for Christmas

A peek inside the Arts Department...

Some people lament that Christmas comes only once a year. Thankfully so! It takes us at the Arts & Entertainment Department a full year to refurbish, maintain, and update our annual Christmas Display. Another way to look at it would be to say that every day is Christmas at the Butchart Gardens, because in the Arts & Enter ...

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The Seed and Gift Store

12 Month Pass Event

Our Seed & Gift Store annual 12 Month Pass event will be held on Thursday, November 19 from 3:30 to 7:00 pm. Exclusively for pass holders and a guest, who will both receive a special 10% discount . The Fairmont Empress' Willow Stream Spa will be on hand to give complimentary hand massages!


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Wedding Season

Planning a wedding? During January to March we open our indoor Spring Prelude to weddings:  A perfect setting for your special day.

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Dragon Fountain

If you have not been to The Gardens lately you might not realise there is a dragon in the center of Waterwheel Square. In fact it ...

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Pest Management

We put assassins in the dahlia border! Learn what they do, why we deployed them, and why IPM is a key part of our pest management.

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Save The Date - and Other News

Closing time changes, a feast, wedding shows, conferences and symposiums we are attending over the next few months.

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Try this Caramel Spice Trifle Recipe

Executive chef, Travis Hansen tells us this Caramel Spice Trifle is heavenly and perfect if you are already tired of everything pumpkin - and it's easy as pie to make.

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Be a Friend of the Fairmont Empress

Be sure to enroll in the Friends of the Fairmont Empress program. This valued loyal locals program presents exclusive offers and benefits to be enjoyed all year.

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