Sunday, 16 April 2017

Victoria’s Butchart Gardens has an Easter treat for kids plus lots of flowers in bloom

by Keith and Heather Nicol
Find the bunnies
     This Easter at Butchart Gardens near Victoria B.C.,  kids could go on a treasure hunt for 10 ceramic Easter bunnies and get a treat at the end. The event runs from Friday, April 14-Monday, April 17 and we headed there on Sunday to take advantage of the sunny warm weather. There were lots of kids trying to find the ceramic bunnies which were strategically located to give you a full tour of the gardens.  We loved the show of colourful flowers which included many gardens of hyacinths, tulips, and daffodils.  We also appreciated the many colourful trees in bloom which added immensely to the display.
The Sunken Garden is particularly scenic now
     One of the staff we spoke to mentioned that they thought the gardens were about 2 weeks behind due to the cool spring and winter weather along coastal B.C. this year.  There were some early rhododendrons in bloom as well as crocuses which traditionally would have bloomed weeks ago. We also enjoyed spotting some delicate fawn lilies in the Japanese Garden. 
Tulips were in bloom in several gardens
    Of the trees in bloom the Magnolias attracted the most attention due to their large white blossoms. Camellias also offered flowers of delicate shades of pink. If you feel like the cool spring weather needs to be left behind and you need some colour and signs of spring, a visit to Butchart Gardens will be sure to lift your spirits. If you have kids be sure to search out their ceramic Easter bunnies over the Easter long weekend. For more information see:

The Italian Garden was a popular spot to sit and enjoy the sun

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