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    We went to Butchart Gardens while on a trip to Vancouver during 4th of July weekend. If you are with a female, trust me, you want to take her there. They will be happy enough to make your day more enjoyable. We went around 2 PM in the afternoon and the place is a bit off so we went through narrow roads and even saw a deer on the way. The place isnt cheap though at about $30 Canadian dollars a person but its worth it. They have a Sunken garden and a rose garden which itself would be a huge task to maintain. They also have other stuff like Japanese Garden, etc and a whole route to follow which would make a fun day with family or a group of friends. If you are visiting Canada, you should try to visit this place since places like this are rare to find elsewhere. There are also a couple of restaurants and a coffee shop, icecream place, souvenir shop, etc. but dont expect a gazillion of eating options. The gardens are really well maintained with flowers in full bloom and enough places to take photos worthy of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts!

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    The gardens are beautiful, but VERY expensive: 30 Dollars entrance! In Hamburg and many German cities gardens and parks like this one are completely free. But I would have paid the Price happily. But then thousands of people streamed in, waterfalls of people, more people tan flowers! You could neither sit on a bench nor stop nor take a photograph with calm and pleasure! We made out as fast as we coulñd and many did with us, fruistrated for having paid that much money for an hour of just relative peace. Do not go! Better look around at the Government House or other beautiful and quiet gardens in Visctoria!

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    I have always loved going to these gardens. I do not go enough!! They change from season to season so, do not worry if you missed June or July. You may go there anytime and be pleasantly surprised at the beauty. I take my relatives there whenever they come and they love it.

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    We had family come into town so that we could visit the gardens and were denied entry because I was in a white summer dress and my partner a grey suit without a tie. We were told we were overdressed and would be distracting to the other guests. Apparently attire resembling a wedding is not allowed to enter the gardens, however this dress code is not listed on their website. I am not sure that we will ever go back as a result by if we do we will be sure to wear our scrubbiest clothing. We spoke to three levels of management and they made us wait in the parking lot for over 30 minutes before their PR person made a decision.

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    We checked the website before going to ensure we would be able to bring a dog. All the information on the website indicated we would be fine as long as we kept the dog on a leash and under control. After ordering food at the Blue Poppy, we were asked by the staff if the dog was any sort of assistance dog and since he wasn’t we were asked to take him outside. Since there wasn’t any outside dining area, we resorted to taking turns eating. The rest of the tour of the gardens was wonderful and I especially enjoyed the Japanese Gardens. There should be more information indicating where dogs can and cannot go on the premises or possibly have an outdoor seating option.