Gardens galore!

Blooms, blooms, everywhere, there are so many sights to see! We have made it through a particularly wet winter, and with lots and lots of rain to kick off our spring, Surrey’s beautiful gardens sure are a sight for sore eyes and are a lovely escape from reality! Find a quiet corner, sit back, soak up the sunshine and enjoy the stunning floral displays. We’ve got a comprehensive list of Surrey’s gardens and what you can expect to see.

Darts Hill Garden Park

Darts Hill Garden is the result of over 70 years of work and dedication guided by the clear vision of Francisca Darts. Francisca became involved with local gardening clubs, and gradually transformed the land she owned into a collection garden. She and her husband donated the park to the city in 1994, and it continues to be a gorgeous spot for photos and a peaceful getaway for everyone to enjoy. The park spans 7.5 acres of orchard trees, magnolias and rhododendrons. Explore the garden during Public Garden Strolls, open from 10am to 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning in April. (16th Avenue and 170th Street)

The Glades Garden

Over 15 acres of cultivated and developed land make up The Glades Garden. Currently, there are over 1,600 mature rhododendrons, azaleas and companion plants. Lydia and Murray Stephen transformed the 5 original acres The Glades sits on, that were once blackberry shrubs and stumps. Murray wished to recreate the rhododendron gardens from his home in Scotland, so he and his wife created the beautiful garden oasis. In 1970 when Murray passed away, the garden fell into decline. Jim and Elfriede DeWolf purchased the garden and began its restoration before gifting The Glades to the city in 2002. They now work with the city to continue Murray’s work and wish for a breathtaking garden accessible to the public. Explore the Glades Woodland Garden during public garden openings from 10am to 4pm every Saturday and Sunday from April 30 to June 26. (561 172 Street)

Bear Creek Display Gardens

Spring and Summer months bring a bounty of colour to the Bear Creek Gardens. With a collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, heather, heaths, and, ornamental grasses, as well as bedding and bulb displays, this garden is particularly popular for wedding photos and picnics. November is also a wonderful time to visit the gardens as salmon return to King Creek, which runs through the garden, to spawn. (13750 88 Avenue)

Fleetwood Park Display Garden

Known for its impressive tulip displays and a meditative labyrinth, Fleetwood Gardens are beautiful during any season of the year. Early spring promises beautiful white magnolias and pink camellias in bloom, and groves of over 50 red maples are in bloom in May. A large pergola, covered with wisteria and clematis, forms a stunning central walkway, and a classically designed knot garden, with 3 different varieties of boxwood, is pruned to create the illusion of being woven together. (15802 80 Avenue)

Hawthorne Display Garden

Springtime is the ideal time to visit Hawthorne Gardens. This garden is known particularly for its flowering trees and shrubs, like rhododendrons, azaleas, dogwoods, magnolias, and flower cherry trees that bloom into the early summer months. Dogwoods, magnolias and flowering cherry trees splash the garden with stunning colours in spring and early summer. This garden also features a spacious gazebo, so be sure to pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery. (10503 144 Street)

Holland Park Gardens

Hidden within Surrey’s urban centre, Holland Park is a true oasis from the hustle and bustle of the downtown core. Featuring an absolutely stunning water feature, this garden is known for its blooming river, with arrangements of blooms appearing to float along the water. You can expect to see orange roses, loads of tulips, sea holly, and blooming dogwood trees at the gardens during the spring and summer months. (13428 Old Yale Road)