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35 Years and Counting for Victoria’s Flowers

Monday, February 14th, 2011
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Butchart gardens leads victoria bc flower count 2010

2011 marks the 35th anniversary of the Annual Flower Count in Victoria, aptly called the City of Gardens!

The Flower Count takes place March 1 – 7, 2011 and is a friendly competition between the communities that make up Greater Victoria to see which one is the “Bloomingest Community”.  The total amount of blossoms are then tallied up and communicated (in a slightly smug way, I might add) to the rest of Canada – who can only dream of counting flowers while they shovel out from yet another blizzard and look forward to a couple more months of winter.

Victoria is blessed to have the mildest climate in all of Canada – spring temperatures average between 10-15 degrees Celsius.   This climate lends itself to having some of the most fabulous gardens in Canada – Butchart Gardens (check out our package) of course are famous, but Beacon Hill Park, Abkhazi Gardens, Finnerty Gardens at UVIC and Hatley Gardens are all worth a visit.

There are a number of ways for the public  to participate in the Flower Count. You can:

  • Count your blossoms and enter the count on the website.
  • Attend the Mayors’ Flower Arranging Competition – the Flower Count launch event on March 1st
  • Encourage children in grades 4 and 5 to participate in the class room competition
  • Enter a flower photo contest on Facebook and Flickr and win great prizes! Access the contest sites through

To find out more – check it out at


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Victoria BC is in full Bloom!

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

The Butchart Gardens helps lead Victoria BC's flower count

21 Billion Blooms in 2010

Victoria, B.C. –  The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce,  Butchart Gardens and Tourism Victoria have once again teamed up to record the scene at one of the World’s best Bloomin’ cities. The total number of blooms counted in the Annual Greater Victoria Flower Count was 21,691,666,716.  Oak Bay was the leading Municipality with over 14 billion blooms followed by Victoria with almost 5 billion blooms.  The winning class was Ms L Westby’s class from Willows Elementary and they win a trip to Butchart Gardens.

Greater Victoria is one of the best places on the planet to live work and play. The annual flower count is a testament to the wonderful climate and community spirit. Truly a gold medal performance by Mother Nature this year! (more…)


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