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The Glades

the glades park

Due to a recent land acquisition, the garden is currently closed while we plan some exciting park improvements.


561 172nd Street, Surrey BC

Development Update

In order to address the growth in popularity of the Glades, the City has acquired two properties to expand the park to 15 acres. This includes a property to the north of the main property and a property to the south of the main property.

Parks staff are working with the Landscape Architectural firm PWL Partnership to develop a concept plan for the new acquisitions and their interface with the main garden. The concept will include new feature gardens, gathering spaces, parking, washrooms and a new entrance to the garden. These features will improve the staging of park events and allow for more park openings in the future.

About The Glades

The Glades covers 15 acres and includes a new parking lot and areas for future development. The original plantings cover the 5-acre garden, and contain over 1,600 mature rhododendrons, azaleas and companion plants. Some of the rhododendrons are more than 6 metres (20 feet) tall, and are ablaze in colour in the spring. The garden also contains a superb collection of fine trees, many of which are now designated as heritage.

In 1956, Lydia and Murray Stephen purchased a 5-acre parcel of land riddled with blackberries, alder trees and stumps; remnants from turn of the century land clearings. Murray’s dream was to recreate the beautiful rhododendron gardens remembered from his youth in Scotland. They renovated the land, planting rhododendrons, azaleas, exotic trees and shrubs

After Murray passed away in 1970, the garden fell into a state of decline until Jim and Elfriede DeWolf purchased the garden in 1994 and began their restoration. The garden saw another stage of transformations in 2002 when the DeWolfs gifted The Glades to the City of Surrey. Numerous renovations and additions have taken place, and new ones are on the horizon. The DeWolfs have a life estate and continue to have much input into the garden, ensuring its footprint is not altered, but enhanced in a manner that Murray Stephen would approve.

Photo Album Credit: Scarlet Black