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Victoria boasts the mildest climate in Canada so it's no surprise that we are usually the first city to start blooming, often months before the rest of the country catches up. Come spring, cherry and plum blossom trees transform many of Victoria's streets and boulevards into a sea of stunning white and pink petals.

Flowers at Butchart Gardens

Cultivated Gardens

Over a century ago, Jennie Butchart began building what is now one of the world’s premier floral show gardens. The master gardeners at The Butchart Gardens ensure that there are blooms to see year-round, however, the colourful spring display makes this season an ideal time to visit.

Close to 300,000 bulbs emerge in a carefully orchestrated symphony of colour from mid-March to May. The several varieties of huge, textured tulips are undoubtedly the spring showstoppers, but fragrant hyacinth, magnolias and daffodils create a truly immersive garden experience.

In Oak Bay, visitors and locals alike can opt to enjoy an afternoon tea service surrounded by native Garry oaks and rhododendrons at Abkhazi Garden. Tip: Ask the friendly staff about the garden’s royal history!

Hatley Castle & Gardens

Heritage Gardens

Victoria’s rich history includes several National Historic Sites, like Point Ellice House and Hatley Castle and Gardens which both feature restored Victorian rose gardens. Spend an afternoon relaxing in Hatley Castle’s Japanese garden or look for birds in the thriving sanctuary of the saltwater lagoon.

Spring Flowers

Of course, Victoria is known for its world-class cultivated gardens, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have flowers all over the place! With peak season in April, downtown neighbourhoods like James Bay and Fairfield are wonderful places to explore on foot or by bike. Many streets in the James Bay neighbourhood are lined with plum and cherry trees, and with the highest concentration of heritage houses in Victoria, it makes for a great viewing. South Turner Street is famous for its explosion of flowers.

Beacon Hill Park is also a great place to visit and explore spring gardens, with giant rhododendrons, wild peacocks and a petting zoo!

Flowers at Abkhazi Garden

Tours

For those who wish to learn about Victoria and its world-class gardens, a guided walking tour with Victorian Garden Tours is a wonderful option. With small group sizes and knowledgeable, passionate guides, you’ll get a rich look into Victoria’s garden culture and history while learning about native plants and flowers along the way.