Visiting Butchart and Edinburgh Botanical Gardens

Visiting Butchart and Edinburgh Botanical Gardens

Are you thinking of visiting beautiful botanical gardens such as Butchart and Edinburgh Botanical Gardens on your travels?

This post is part 1 of  ‘Beautiful botanical gardens around the world’.

The Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh and the Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island will be covered in this post.



Edinburgh Royal Botanical Gardens are set around 70 acres of beautiful landscape only a mile from the centre of Edinburgh. We caught a bus which dropped us off at the East Gate Entrance (bus numbers 8,23,27 from the city centre). The gates (see below are beautiful!) Access to the gardens is free but there is a charge of £5.50 (correct May 2016) for entry to the glasshouses which are a total must see in my book!

brochures for the botanical gardens

It was a lovely sunny when we were there which is always a bonus!

enjoying a day out in Edinburgh at the botanical gardens

In the glasshouses

glass house

The glasshouses feature ten separate houses which each have a distinct climate zone. I have no doubt completely mixed up the pictures below but they give you an idea of what you will see in the various zones – the tropical palm zone, orchid and cycad zone, the rainforest riches house are just 3 of the different houses you pass through.

We had a brilliant morning walking around the gardens and the glasshouses and they are definitely one of my favourite botanical gardens to visit.

There are lots of sculptures around the gardens too and they are something I plan to look for next time we visit.

Find out more about visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh on their official website!


Two beautiful gardens - Singapore and Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens



A visit to Butchart Gardens

Butchart gardens are situated 23 km north of Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC Canada.

They were the idea of Jennie Butchart who over 100 years ago decided to design a flower garden in what was then an abandoned quarry. (Her husband – a businessman – owned a cement plant on the island and the quarry had provided limestone to the business). Her vision and creativity led to the creation of what are now one of the most beautiful floral show gardens in the world.

great view over Butchart Gardens

We caught a bus to Butchart from downtown Victoria and back again after the firework show. The return was a bit of a nightmare as we waited over an hour for a bus and there were loads of people waiting. It was mainly standing room only for the majority of the journey back into Victoria. However the question is…would I do it again? Too damn right I would!!! The gardens are truly MAGNIFICENT.

There is entertainment on too and we sat listening to a live band on the lawns with popcorn sellers milling with the audience…the weather was glorious.

After the music we moved over to the firework display which we also loved. Take a blanket and a fleece and enjoy the show!

firework display to end the evening

For more information visit Butchart Gardens website

ticket to Butchart Gardens - Butchart and Edinburgh Botanical Gardens




A guide to visiting the Singapore National Orchid Garden


Author: Tracy

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  1. July 12, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    I’ve never been in the Glasshouses in Edinburgh’s Botanical Gardens but my husbands gamily live in Edinburgh so I’m going to put this on my list for the next time we vist

  2. December 2, 2016 / 9:34 am

    What a fabulous post! Botanical gardens are gorgeous and you have really done them justice with your photos and check out the blue sky in Edinburgh! Someone was smiling on you that day, oh and the fireworks in Vancouver, wow, I wasn’t expecting you to say you had seen that at the gardens! I love all the information you have provided as well, thank you, it means we have everything we need to know so I have pinned it for future reference! #feetdotravel

    • December 2, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Thank-you Angie. The gardens were so lovely as are Singapore and Kirstenbosch in my next post – all stunning but so different. The firework show at Butchart Gardens is fabulous and if you get the chance I would definitely go when they are on.

  3. December 2, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    I always love to visit pretty gardens and these photos show me that I have to to go to both of these. I have pinned these and I look forward to the post on sland Singapore Botanical Gardens and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

    • December 2, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      Thank you! They are all really lovely gardens – all very different too!

  4. December 2, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    Fantastic gardens from different parts of the world. Really useful information for a visit and fabulous photos too. Thanks for sharing!

    • December 2, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Thanks for reading! I love visiting beautiful gardens and these are definitely 4 of my favourites 🙂

  5. December 2, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    We passed on the chance to go to the Butchart Gardens and regret that now! So many beautiful flowers! I love gardens, but I do not have a green thumb of my own…

    • December 3, 2016 / 8:39 am

      The gardens are stunning we loved them plus the fireworks on certain nights made it even better. I hope you get the chance to go if you are near again.

  6. December 4, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    When I thought Edinburgh I never really thought of gardens, but these are quite impressive. My grandmother would really adore these 🙂

    • December 4, 2016 / 4:52 pm

      We loved them – was a nice afternoon stroll admiring the beautiful flowers ?

  7. December 4, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Love the beautiful gardens from around the world. My favorite was the glass house the housed the orchids. My favorite. The outside gardens on Vancover Island are amazing. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to Part 2 🙂

    • December 4, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      Thank you Stephanie – They are stunning gardens – the orchids in Edinburgh were stunning 🙂

  8. December 4, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    I love visiting gardens and have been to quite a few. I enjoy them tremendously. Butchart is on my list. Your pictures captured the beauty of these places. Thanks for sharing!

    • December 5, 2016 / 9:04 am

      Thank-you Lisa. We loved Butchart and would love to revisit! It was a lovely day out.

  9. December 4, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    I can’t believe I missed this when I was in Edinburgh! Great details on the post and beautiful pictures. Will definitely add it to my list for next time.

    • December 5, 2016 / 9:03 am

      Thanks Helena – yes definitely worth visiting for the glasshouses alone ?

  10. December 4, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    Love these gardens! So many stunning plants and flowers – looking forward to Part 2! Thanks for sharing

  11. December 7, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    Wow look at these photos! They are all amazing. The gardens in this post look stunning! I love spending time in the nature and when ever there is a botanical garden around, I try to make time to check it out. Australia is great like that, I bet you are going to love it here!

    • December 8, 2016 / 10:14 am

      thanks Kreete! I am looking forward to the outdoor lifestyle and being able to enjoy visiting nice gardens

  12. December 8, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Love the blog – botanical gardens are often under rated and you really highlight why they should be visited more love it!

    • December 8, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you Lauren – they are beautiful places to visit! Look out for my next post too 🙂

  13. December 11, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Both of the gardens are enchanting. Of the 4 that you are covering I have only visited the Botanic gardens of Singapore. Hence I will be looking out for the next part.

    • December 11, 2016 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you – hope that you enjoy the next post 🙂

    • December 11, 2016 / 5:03 pm

      Thank-you – hope you enjoy the next post too 🙂

  14. December 13, 2016 / 8:45 am

    I’ve not been to these. Our faves are kew and kirstenbosch though Singapore is the one I’m desperate to go too #citytripping

    • December 13, 2016 / 4:15 pm

      We love Kew too and I cover Kirstenbosch and Singapore in my next post – Singapore is beautiful especially the orchid garden. Definitely worth a trip – though Singapore is amazing!

  15. December 14, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Next time I visit Edinburgh, I’ll make sure to stop at the Gardens. It looks so beautiful!!

    • December 14, 2016 / 4:55 pm

      I am sure you will love it Van – make sure to visit the glasshouses they are superb!

  16. December 14, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    I’ve definitely started exploring botanical gardens more since my daughter came along – they’re often lovely and cool in the heat and great for her to run around. #citytripping

    • December 14, 2016 / 4:54 pm

      I have a picture of me and my daughter at Kew when she was about 10 months old – great place to take her for a stroll in the pushchair. Now twenty years later I still love them and my daughter loved the orchid gardens in Singapore. Great places to visit!

  17. December 14, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    I will Jo – thanks for the great suggestion! (and a Bettys tea room too 🙂

  18. December 14, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    I love flowers and the more the better for me too! I rather like orchids so Edinburgh and definitely Singapore deliver those in abundance!I too would love to visit Keukenhof – it would be amazing!

  19. December 14, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Beautiful. I love finding gardens when I’m travelling – especially in the least likely places. My favourite is possibly the botanical gardens in Singapore and Quito has a surprisingly lovely one too. Look forward to part 2!

    • December 15, 2016 / 7:39 pm

      Thank-you! I loved Singapore too. I have yet to visit anywhere in South America but will keep in mind Quito when I get to Ecuador! Thanks for the tip!

  20. December 15, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    I love a botanical garden. Enjoyed the one in Singapore and I live very close to Kew. Didn’t know about the one in Edinburgh. Thanks for linking #citytripping

    • December 16, 2016 / 5:12 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth – the one in Edinburgh is a great place to visit if you get the chance.

  21. January 21, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Hello Tracy, I really love to visit beautiful places especially gardens. I feel so relaxed and calm with natural beauty. Thank you for letting me know such a beautiful gardens.

    • January 22, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Thanks Mike – I hope you get a chance to read part 2 as well!