Darts Hill Garden Park is a beautiful garden in Surrey that’s open to the public only on special occasions including weekends in April, May and June.
Darts Hill Garden
Darts Hill Garden Park is a 22.5 acre property located at 1633-170th Street in South Surrey just a 10-minute drive from White Rock. It’s a beautiful spot with paths winding through densely vegetated forested-style gardens.
On days when it’s open, admission is by donation.
Darts Hill Opening Times
Darts Hill is open to the public only at designated times and dates, including open houses and special plant sale days.
Open house times can be found on the Darts Hill Calendar of Events, as can plant sale dates, special member-only events and details on when the City of Surrey’s Sounds of Summer Music Concert Series takes place on the property.
Garden Stroll Times
In addition to other designated times as listed in the property’s event calendar, Darts Hill Garden Park is open rain or shine for Garden Strolls on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11 am and 3 pm in April, May, June and September.
In past years the garden was only open for the strolls on Saturdays and Sundays during these months. In 2018 it’ll be the same, plus Fridays.
Open Houses in 2018
In addition to the Garden Stroll days, Darts Hill Garden has a number of open houses each year. In 2018 they are on April 28, May 26, September 22 and October 20.
About the Gardens
What’s remarkable about Darts Hill Garden Park, in addition to its attractiveness and the occasional rare biological specimen, is the fact that the plants are very well-marked and categorized. Look closely and you’ll notice that a surprising number of the botanical specimens have been labelled with their names, including even minute lichen in one area.
Darts Hill isn’t the best park for children as it’s not the type with swings and a play area, but it’s definitely a good one for plant enthusiasts.
Note: Dogs are not permitted in the gardens. Also, wheelchair access is limited and the gravel pathways are not suitable for motorized scooters.
Best Times to Visit
In addition to in the summer when there’s music at the garden, the end of April is probably the absolute best time to visit as that’s when the rhododendrons are at their finest.
May is also beautiful, and because the trails are so densely vegetated, it’s nice and shady on hot summer days. Darts Hill Garden Park is also beautiful in mid-fall with all its autumn colours. Go on a sunny day if you can.
History of the Garden
Darts Hill Garden Park was the creation of Francisca and Edwin Darts who donated their private 7.5 acre garden to the city as part of a 999-year agreement to open the property to the public.
The donation of Darts Hill Garden was made in 1994, during the lifetime of Mr. and Mrs. Darts, at which time the City of Surrey purchased 15 acres of neighbouring land to make the place what it is today.
Presently there is still a private residence on the property and the garden remains semi-private, opening only on designated days.
Donated for the purpose of serving as a horticultural centre for the development, enhancement and preservation of plants, Darts Hill Garden Park is a beautiful and unique facility within the City of Surrey. Check it out if you can!
For more information on the garden, see Darts Hill Garden Park.
For ideas on other things to do while in the area, see City of Surrey.
For other gardens in Surrey and music opportunities in the summer, check out the Sounds of Summer Music Concert Series.