Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens is a 22 hectare (55 acre) private floral display garden in Brentwood Bay, near Victoria on Vancouver Island.

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In 1904 Robert Pim Butchart established a limestone quarry. After the quarry was exhausted his wife Jennie decided to turn the quarry into a sunken garden, which was completed in 1921.

The Butcharts gifted the gardens to their grandson Ian Ross on his 21st birthday. He was involved with the gardens until his death in 1997. The Butchart’s great-granddaughter Robin-Lee Clark has been the managing director since 2001.

As well as the sunken garden, themed gardens include a concert lawn, rose garden, Japanese garden, Italian garden, and Mediterranean garden.

There are also two restaurants, coffee shop and a seed and gift store.

During the summer months on Saturday nights there is a fireworks display choreographed to music.

The gardens are located at 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia.

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Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory is an domed conservatory and aviary located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.

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Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park

In this temperature-controlled conservatory, which opened in 1969, there are more than 120 exotic birds and 500 tropical plants and flowers.

It is home to red, blue and gold, and dwarf macaws; African, Amazon, Eastern Rosella, and Eclectus parrots; a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo; and a variety of canaries, finches, pheasants, and waxbills.

There are laminated self-guided maps available with information on the various birds, tropical plants and flowers.

Bloedel Conservatory is located off 33rd Avenue, between Cambie and Main Streets. During the summer (May to August) the conservatory is open from 10am to 8pm, and in winter (September to April) from 10am to 5pm.

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Auckland Wintergardens

Visitors can enjoy bright and colourful flowers all year round at the Auckland Wintergardens located in the Auckland Domain.

Auckland Wintergardens

Auckland Wintergardens

The Wintergardens were constructed following the First World War with funds from the Industrial, Agricultural and Mining Exhibition of 1913 – 1914, which was a world’s fair held in the Auckland Domain.

Construction began on the gardens in 1916 and they officially opened on May 2, 1928.

There are two display glasshouses – one contains temperate plants that change with the season and the other is heated to an average temperature of 28°C and contains tropical plants and a giant lily pond.

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Temperate House

Temperate House

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Tropical House

Tropical House

There is a formal courtyard between the two Victorian style glasshouses with a sunken pond in the centre. There are also several neoclassical marble statues throughout the courtyard.

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Wintergardens courtyard

Off to the side of the courtyard visitors can enter and get up close with New Zealand’s native flora in the fernery, that has been developed in an old quarry site.

Fernery

Fernery

During the summer months (1 November – 31 March) the Wintergardens are open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm and Sunday 9am to 7.30pm. From 1 April – 31 October it is open Monday to Sunday 9am to 4.30pm.