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Don’t Miss the Spring Blossoms as they Take Centre Stage in Gardens Across British Columbia!

by Fiona McDonald

As winter recedes and spring arrives, gardens across British Columbia burst into bloom with a
riot of colour and fragrance. After months of hibernation, the awakening of the plants and trees
is a joyous spectacle, and a highlight of the year for many garden enthusiasts. Visitors to the gardens can look forward to an exciting array of blossoms that will be unfolding in the coming
weeks, including cherry blossoms, magnolias, rhododendrons, and tulips, to name just a few.
Spring is such an exciting time to visit gardens in BC, so let’s get prepared by
learning which blossoms to look out for, and where to go to see them at their best. Whether
you’re a seasoned gardener or just looking for a bit of beauty and inspiration, the spring
blossoms are sure to delight.

Prunus itosakura at UBC Botanical Garden. Photo by Daniel Mosquin

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms are one of the most iconic symbols of spring in British Columbia. These beautiful pink and white blossoms can be found throughout the province, but the best places to see them are in Vancouver, Victoria, and the Okanagan Valley. Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival is a popular annual event that celebrates the arrival of the cherry blossoms. Visitors can join a guided tour, attend a concert or workshop, or simply enjoy a picnic under the blossoms.

Star magnolia at VanDusen Botanical Garden


Magnolias are another spring bloom that is worth seeking out in BC. These stunning flowers come in a variety of colours, from pink and purple to white and yellow. UBC Botanical Garden in Vancouver is a popular spot for magnolia viewing, with over 200 trees on display. VanDusen Botanical Garden and The Butchart Gardens in Victoria are also great places to see magnolias in bloom.

A rhododendron at Milner Gardens and Woodland shines in the sunlight.


Rhododendrons are a favourite spring flower in British Columbia, with their vibrant colours and large, showy blooms. The VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver is home to over over 800 different kinds of rhododendrons (species and hybrids). The Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach is another popular spot for rhododendron viewing, with over 500 varieties on display.

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival. Please note this Festival has moved locations and has been renamed the Harrison Tulip Festival. It is the same owners, just a different location.


Tulips are a quintessential spring flower, and there are several places in British Columbia where visitors can see them in all their glory. The Chilliwack Tulip Festival, now renamed the Harrison Tulip Festival after moving locations, is a popular annual event that celebrates the arrival of spring with over 20 acres of tulips in bloom. The Butchart Gardens in Victoria is also known for its stunning tulip displays, with over 160,000 bulbs planted each year.

Before heading out to see the spring blossoms, it’s essential to plan ahead. Many of these gardens are popular tourist destinations and can get crowded during peak bloom times. It’s best to check the bloom forecast before visiting and to arrive early to avoid the crowds. Don’t forget to dress appropriately for the weather, as spring temperatures can be unpredictable.

In conclusion, British Columbia’s gardens come to life in the spring, offering visitors a chance to witness the beauty of nature’s awakening. From cherry blossoms to rhododendrons, magnolias, and tulips, there is an abundance of blooms to enjoy. So, pack a camera, put on comfortable shoes, and head out to explore the spring blossoms in British Columbia’s gardens. You won’t regret it!

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