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.
Surrey’s 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 in 2022 admission is by donation. The garden opens in April and are open from Friday to Sunday for a few months in the spring and early summer on those days from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Darts Hill Opening Times
Darts Hill is open to the public only at designated times and dates. This includes open houses and special plant sale days.
In 2022 the garden is open for Garden Strolls on most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between April 1st and July 31st. They then start back up again at the end of the summer, between the beginning of September and the Thanksgiving Weekend in October.
Admission in 2022 is by donation with a recommended amount of $5 per person.
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 listed in the property’s event calendar, Darts Hill Garden Park is open rain or shine most years for Garden Strolls on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am and 4 pm in April, May, June and September.
Up until a couple of years ago the garden was only open for the strolls on Saturdays and Sundays during these months. In 2020 the garden opened to the public three days a week. 2021 was the same, but only from April 3rd to July 31st and then again from September 3rd until October 10th.
Open Houses in 2020
Darts Hill Garden also has a number of open houses each year. In 2020 they were going to be on April 25th, May 23rd, September 26th and October 17th. On each of these dates, except for the one in October, the venue planned to host a plant sale.
Because of the outbreak of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 the open houses were cancelled. 2022 dates and details for this year are still to be confirmed.
Sounds of Summer Music Concert Series
The Sounds of Summer Music Concert Series is a series of free outdoor concerts in Surrey Parks. A concert takes place at a different place each week in July and August. Concerts were scheduled to take place at Darts Hill on July 10th and 29th in 2020, but because of COVID-19 they were cancelled. They were cancelled again for 2021.
The series of concerts is tentatively scheduled to return on July 8th and 27th in 2022. However, whether or not they will happen depends on the state of COVID-19.
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. Even the smallest of lichen in one area get their recognition.
Darts Hill isn’t the best park for children as it’s not the type with swings and a play area. However, 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. 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 is 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 that time the City of Surrey purchased an additional 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.
To learn about other gardens in Surrey and music opportunities in the summer, check out the Sounds of Summer Music Concert Series.
Note: Event photography and weddings are not permitted at the park.