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Nature is never far away in British Columbia, even in cities and towns.

Vancouver's Stanley Park was named one of the “Five Best Urban Escapes in Canada” by The Independent, a UK newspaper (2007). As well, dozens of BC communities have beautified their green spaces through the national “Communities in Bloom” program.

Gardens flourish in southern BC due to long growing seasons, mild temperatures and a healthy amount of rainfall. Stroll by perfectly coiffed blooms at The Butchart Gardens near Victoria or investigate exotic species in Vancouver's UBC Botanical Garden and VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Looking for a unique garden experience? Admire fields of fragrant purple lavender at the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm, wade into a seaweed garden near Sooke, or join a boat tour from Tofino to visit Cougar Annie’s garden.

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Bloedel Conservatory - Vancouver

4600 Cambie Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5V 3H4
Toll-free
Phone604-257-8584

Experience the colours & scents of the tropics year-round!

Bloedel Conservatory is a domed lush paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop the City of Vancouver's highest point. More than 200 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants & flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment. Constructed through a very generous donation from Prentice Bloedel, Bloedel was dedicated at its opening in 1969 "to a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants." Now featuring a brand new roof (2014) and volunteer docents on weekends, it is jointly operated by Vancouver Park Board and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association. Together, these partners also operate VanDusen Botanical Garden.

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Butchart Gardens - Brentwood Bay

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J8
Toll-free866-652-4422
Phone250-652-4422

Open year-round, this world-renowned garden occupies 22 ha (55 ac) with stunning floral displays. Enjoy the Rose Carousel & Children's Pavilion! Great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local ingredients & an extensive BC wine list. Enjoy afternoon tea year-round, complete with lovely views. The Seed & Gift Shop carries many local artists' creations. Summer offers evening entertainment, Saturday night fireworks & eco-friendly electrically-operated boat tours of surrounding waters including historic landmarks of cement manufacturing days. Christmas - phenomenal lighting, entertainment, outdoor ice rink. National Historic Site of Canada & Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experiences Collection® See website.

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - Vancouver

578 Carrall St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 5K2
Toll-free
Phone604-662-3207

Built in 1986, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first full-scale Scholar garden built outside China using traditional techniques. Covered walkways & exquisite architecture make it a delight in any weather or season, with the same relaxing, serene landscape as found in the old, private gardens of China's ancient elite. This living museum promotes the understanding of cultures through daily tours, festivals, monthly art exhibitions, music concerts & unique live theatre productions in summer. One-of-a-kind finds in the Eight Treasures Shop. Located in the heart of Chinatown, a short walk from downtown Vancouver & historic Gastown, near parking & public transit.

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Milner Gardens & Woodland - Qualicum Beach

2179 W Island Hwy
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
V9K 1G1
Toll-free
Phone250-752-6153

Escape back in time & experience a retreat once reserved for royalty. Discover Milner Gardens, a one-of-a kind woodland estate & gardens nestled in the peace that only an old-growth forest can provide; an oasis that rejuvenates the soul. Stroll the winding pathways and magical surroundings of an ancient coastal Douglas fir forest. Find peace & tranquility as you meander through the woodland gardens lined with rhododendrons, cyclamen & trilliums. Indulge in afternoon tea in the historic house overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Please visit our website for listings of special events.

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Minter Country Garden - Chilliwack

10015 Young Road
Chilliwack, British Columbia
V2P 4V4
Toll-free1-800-661-3919
Phone604-792-6612

Minter Country Garden is 'where great gardens begin'!

Set in a gorgeous natural location surrounded by mountains and minutes from the Fraser River, we invite local gardeners and visitors alike to wander through our retail greenhouses and nursery all year long! Full of ever-changing colour, we offer home-grown plants, new introductions from around the world and everything you need to create the garden of your dreams, including inspiration and advice to keep it growing strong. While you're here, take part in an educational seminar or seasonal family event, shop from our fashion department, stop for a bite in the café and visit one of the specialty businesses on-site (Aromatica Fine Teas, My Little Gift Box & SofTub Oasis).

Wheelchair accessible and pet friendly.

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Nitobe Memorial Garden - Vancouver

1895 Lower Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4
Toll-free
Phone604-822-6038

A traditional Japanese Tea & Stroll garden located at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Nitobe Memorial Garden is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America & among the top Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Included in the garden is a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House. There is harmony among natural forms - waterfalls, rivers, forests, islands & seas.

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Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm - Kelowna

4380 Takla Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1W 3C4
Toll-free866-764-7795
Phone250-764-7795

A beautiful farm property with sweeping views of Okanagan Lake was the inspiration behind the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm, a family business that has developed a reputation as growers, producers and distillers of fine quality, lavender products.

The best blooming time for the lavender display gardens is early July, with distillation, a very fragrant time at the farm, occurring in early August. Wander our unique Herb Gardens which bloom throughout the growing season, or treat yourself to lavender-inspired goods at the Lavender Cafe.

We invite you to come & entice your senses. Self-guided tour available in English, French, German & Spanish.

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UBC Botanical Garden - Vancouver

6804 SW Marine Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4
Toll-free
Phone604-822-4208

Explore Canada's oldest continuously operating university botanical garden & immerse yourself in the world of wild-collected plants. Garden highlights include an Asian garden with over 400 different species of rhododendrons, thousands of alpine & montane plants from around the world, a traditional physic garden full of herbs, a demonstration food garden & the Greenheart Canopy Walkway eco-adventure. Also, visit the Beaty Biodiversity Museum that is close by.

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University of Victoria Finnerty Gardens - Victoria

3800 Finnerty Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V8P 5C2
Toll-free
Phone250-472-5048

One of Canada's best collections of rhododendrons, many of which were started from seed obtained from famous plant explorers, is on display in the University of Victoria's Finnerty Gardens. Over 4,000 different trees and shrubs, with more than 1,500 rhododendron and azalea plants, including over 200 collected rhododendron species and a spectacular range of companion plants. Three ponds provide habitat for birds and water-loving plants like the towering timber bamboo. Finnerty Gardens provides a rich and changing array of colour, scent, form and texture year round. In April and May, you will see the rhododendrons at their best.

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VanDusen Botanical Garden - Vancouver

5251 Oak St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6M 4H1
Toll-free
Phone604-257-8335

Beautiful in every season, VanDusen Botanical Garden is internationally renowned & found just minutes from downtown Vancouver. This year-round garden allows you to experience plants from all over the world. More than 100 events take place in the Garden every year, including the Festival of Lights, an annual Christmas experience.

Make sure you plan time to visit our Garden Shop where there is always something new sprouting up in fashion, garden & lifestyle accessories. And if you find yourself in need of a delicious meal or light snack, we have two options - Shaughnessy Restaurant & Truffles Cafe.

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