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Beat those winter blues and step into paradise at the Butchart Gardens’ annual Spring Prelude!

“The Spring Prelude display was created to provide our visitors with a colourful and intimate indoor garden experience during the shorter days of winter. This also provides you with a small taste of what you can expect to experience once the actual garden comes alive in the spring,” reads the Butchart Gardens website.

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There are different themes from tropical borders, a temperate area, to an Asian-inspired courtyard with a water wall. The water features throughout the garden are all made by the garden’s staff and every year they come up with something unique.

This year they have included some repurposed historical relics from the garden’s cement producing days. “As you enter the display there will be a curious new feature to greet you – a recycled feature that we found rusting in the woods (you never know what you’ll find when wandering in the forest!),” from the Butchart Gardens.

So forget those grey winter days and lose yourself in the heady fragrance and riot of colour – the dazzling array of orchids alone will take your breath away!

Where: Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Ave
When: January 15 – March 31, 2017
Winter Hours: January 7 – February 28, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm