The Butchart Gardens is primarily a set of unique floral display gardens. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and many other types of flowers adorn the 55 acre property. The Butchart Gardens also includes a collection of ornamental birds, including parrots, ducks, and peacocks. The gardens are designated a National Historic Site of Canada. As for dining opportunities, The Butchart Gardens offers a number of options, including The Dining Room Restaurant, The Coffee Shop, and the Blue Poppy Restaurant.
At The Dining Room Restaurant, lunch and dinner are served in a casual atmosphere. What is offered is dictated by the season. From October to March, high tea is served, with savory pastries. From April thru September, afternoon tea is served, with lighter fare, such as fresh fruit.
The most popular treat at The Dining Room Restaurant is Butchart's signature ginger scones, served straight from the oven. These are candied ginger scones, made with homemade preserves and Devon-style cream.
On Saturday nights, you can have a gourmet picnic on the lawn just outside the restaurant, and watch a stunning fireworks show.
Note that you must have admission to the Gardens to access The Dining Room Restaurant.
The Blue Poppy Restaurant lets you enjoy a casual dining experience in a former greenhouse. Sunlight floods through overhead skylights, adding to the spacious feel of the restaurant. Only fresh, seasonal ingredients are used to prepare meals. Try the signature Cowichan Valley Chicken and pappardelle, with seared scallops and prawns. If it's not too crowded, be sure to pick a table with a window view of the Gardens.
The Coffee Shop is, as you might expect, richly decorated with flowers from The Butchart Gardens. Dine-in and outdoor seating options are available. The menu includes numerous types of coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. Sandwiches, salads, pastries, and desserts are also included.
For more information, contact The Butchart Gardens at 250.652.4422 or 866.652.4422.