Posted by: cherylyoung | November 30, 2012

It doesn’t have to be Christmas to take in the beauty that is Butchart Gardens

Winter in the Butchart Gardens

Posted by Sunset, December 4, 2008 in Places

By Jim McCausland, Sunset senior garden writer

In some ways, the Butchart Gardens near Victoria, BC,

has more to get the attention of both avid gardeners

and their non-gardening families in winter than in any

other season.

For non-gardeners, there’s caroling, outdoor ice skating

(they install a 3,300-square-foot outdoor rink every winter),

restaurants, shops, and greenhouses full of Christmas plants.

Walk through the gardens and find the Twelve Days of

Christmas displays, see the fountains, and enjoy the

ornaments that fill the trees along the way.

And after dark, which comes early this month, look at the

jaw-dropping display of colored lights that illuminate plants

throughout the gardens

The most hard-core gardeners will probably walk right past all

this and focus on the plant combinations and the structure

that makes this garden great.

Rick Los, the gardens’ horticulturist, wrote me that “In 1999

we developed a small garden area which was planted

specifically for plants with winter interest.

This area is located near two towering Redwood trees and

contains a collection of ferns, bulbs, perennials, shrubs

and trees that provide winter interest (not specifically

December) in some shape or form.”

His plant choices really cover the bases for winter gardening.

Here are his categories, and the plants that fill them.

Bark & ornamental thorns Betula utilis jacquemontii—Jacquemontii birch Cornus sericea—Redtwig dogwood Rubus cockburnianus—White-stemmed bramble

Berries Callicarpa—Beautyberry Ilex ‘Sparkleberry’—Holly

Bulbs, corms, rhizomes Chionodoxa lucilae—Glory of the snow Convallaria majalis—Lily of the Valley Crocus species Eranthis hyemalis—Winter aconite Galanthus elwesii ‘Floro Pleno’—Snowdrop Galanthus nivalis—Common snowdrop Iris danfordiae Iris reticulata Muscari—Grape hyacinth Puschkinia scilloides Scilla siberica—Siberian squill

Deciduous trees for structure Acer palmatum—Japanese maple (several; check out the

Japanese garden)

Shrubs and small trees for flowers Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’—Sasanqua camellia Cornus mas—Cornelian cherry Corylopsis platypetala and Corylopsis spicata—Winter hazel Jasminium nudiflorum—winter jasmine Mahonia japonica ‘Hivernant’ Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana Pieris japonica—Japanese andromeda Stachyrus praecoxSycopsis sinensisPrunus cerasifera—Flowering plum Viburnum tinus

Shrubs for fragrance Chimonanthus praecox—Wintersweet Daphne bholuaD. mezereum—Winter daphne Daphne retusa Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ and Hamamelis mollis

Witch hazel Lonicera x purpusii—winter honeysuckle Sarcococca hookeriana humilis Viburnum bodnantense ‘Pink Dawn’

Shrubs for golden and variegated leaves Buxus sempervirens ‘Aurea’—Golden boxwood Euonymous fortunei ‘Blondy’ Euoymous fortunei ‘Emerald Gaity’ Euonymous fortunei ‘Emerald ‘n Gold’ Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Tricolor’—Holly-leaf osmanthus

Winter perennials Bergenia cordifolia ‘Silberlicht’ Cornus canadensis—Canadian bunchberry Helleborus (23 varieties) Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ Pulmonaria (6 varieties)

Shrubs for structure Ilex crenata ‘Convexa’

The Butchart Gardens is 14 miles north of Victoria in

Brentwood Bay.

For driving directions, public transit information, and

a list of special holiday events, go to or call 866 652-4422.

Open 9-9 Dec 1-Jan 6 (open 1-9 Christmas Day). Admission

$22.50 CAN for adults; $11.25 CAN ages 13-17; $3.00

CAN ages 5-12.

Buzz up!


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