Extraordinary scenic roads to world-renowned gardens
Your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to the Butchart Gardens by way of extraordinary country roads. Your personalized tour begins with a drive through the Saanich peninsula’s stunning countryside to arrive at world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Along the way to the fabulous 100 year old Garden, from Victoria, BC, you’ll enjoy outstanding Vancouver Island scenery of gentle rolling hills, farms, rural estates, and vineyards
Photo-ops will abound on your Back Country Roads to Butchart Gardens tour
Spectacular scenery and the magnificence of the gardens will fill your spirit. Butchart Gardens has the finest floral display in the world. Each season celebrates a new variety of plants, flowers and landscaping. The grounds are nestled amidst ancient firs and red cedar, mountains, and sea coves. Butchart Gardens is open every day of the year and each season brings a fantastic show of color and bloom. In the summer roses blossom and the annuals always produce an outstanding array of unique flowers. The Butchart Gardens is a National Historic Site of Canada. On your private tour from Victoria, BC along the country roads of the Saanich peninsula, you’ll have a choice to stop to see huge trees in a Provincial Park, or take photos of a hidden lake along the way.
After visiting the Gardens enjoy lunch there or at a local favourite restaurant overlooking the water in nearby Cordova Bay
Your EV Tours private tour guide will include other points of interest in on your tour in Vancouver Island, as time allows. You may elect to stop at a vineyard for wine tasting, or after your visit to the Butchart Gardens as time allows, take a drive along the Juan de Fuca strait and into Victoria’s fabulous coastal neighbourhoods.
Family and legacy take a starring role in the creation of the Butchart Gardens. Once a cement and limestone quarry, Jennie Butchart, Mr. Butchart’s enterprising wife, created a world of absolute beauty out of a depleted, hollowed out limestone pit. Many fountains and whimsical bronze and stone statues enhance the gardens. The Ross Fountain by the Sunken Garden is one of several gorgeous displays contributed by a Butchart family member.
Bringing topsoil from neighboring farms, engaging the help of Mr Butchart’s mining crew, the family’s abandoned quarry blossomed into spectacular theme gardens. A Japanese garden that meets the sea was created, as well as a Mediterranean Garden where tennis courts used to be, and a breathtaking Italian garden surrounds the restaurant called ‘The Dining Room’ . Generations of Butchart family members contributed to the exquisite details of these Gardens. Nowadays fireworks, concerts and a children’s pavilion with a brilliant merry-go-round are part of the extensive grounds.