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Location

1633 170 Street, Surrey BC

About Darts Hill

Created by Francisca Darts with the dedicated support of her husband Edwin, Darts Hill Garden Park is a showcase of 70 years of devotion, hard work and a pure love of horticulture.

Out of a logged parcel of land, Francisca and Edwin Darts cleared and transformed their property initially into an award winning orchard. As Francisca became more involved with local gardening clubs, so did her enthusiasm for rare and unusual plants from around the world. Gradually, they transformed their garden again, creating a collection garden – a plantsman’s garden. Wishing to see their garden continue to grow, inspire and teach new generations of gardeners, the Darts gifted their 7.5 acre garden to The City of Surrey in 1994.

Due to the sensitive nature of the botanical and unusual plant life at Darts Hill, it was Mr. and Mrs. Darts’ wish that events (including corporate events), event photography and weddings not take place in the garden. We highly recommend visiting Bear Creek Park, which is complete with a wedding chapel and beautifully manicured gardens on a first-come, first-served basis.

Be sure to explore all the display gardens in the City of Surrey.

Visit Darts Hill Garden

Visit Darts Hill Garden Park regularly during the peak months of April, May, June and September with select dates in July for our Weekend Strolls. The garden may also be visited during Open Houses (featuring plant sales and garden tours) as well as during special events such as the Sounds of Summer. To learn more about the garden, consider becoming a member.

The garden is open on the dates specified, rain or shine; entrance by donation is suggested. Parking is available 1633 170th Street.  Sorry, no dogs please.  This is a large hillside garden with limited wheelchair access.  To help maintain the sensitive nature of this garden, please remain on designated paths at all times.  Photography is highly encouraged to preserve your memories as no plant removal is permitted.

Book a Tour

Enrich your Darts Hill experience through a pre-booked guided Garden tour. While exploring the winding pathways, learn about the wide variety of rare and unusual plants as well as the history and evolution of this stunning plantsman’s garden. We offer both Guided Tours for private groups and Garden Director’s Tours with open registration. Cost is $5 per person. School tours are free.

Private Guided Tours

Book a private two-hour tour, customized just for you and your group by an experienced, knowledgeable guide. Private tours must be booked and prepaid two weeks in advance to allow scheduling of guides. A golf cart is available for those with limited mobility and must be requested at time of booking.

Guided tours are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 3:30 with some exceptions noted below. Walking tours require a minimum of five participants. Large-sized groups will be accommodated with additional guides. Golf cart tours can accommodate up to three people.  Cost of a golf cart tour is $25.

To book your Private Guided Tour, please call the City of Surrey at 604-501-5100 at least two weeks in advance. One week’s notice is required for cancellation or reduction in numbers.

*Due to special events in the Garden, there will be no private guided tours on these Saturday dates:  April 29, May 27, June 24, July 15, September 23, and October 21.

New! Garden Director’s Tours

Enjoy a 45-minute tour of Darts Hill with the Garden Director, followed by an hour of free time in the garden where you can explore the picturesque landscape on your own.  All ages and groups are welcome, including school programs and organizations. Director’s Tours are available most Friday afternoons at 1:15 throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Maximum number of participants is 15. Special arrangements will need to be made for larger groups or groups which have accessibility considerations. Tours start at the entrance kiosk west of the main parking lot located at 1633 170th Street. After the tour, all participants are expected to make their way to the main parking lot before the Garden’s 3:00 closing time.

To book your Garden Director’s Tour, please call the City of Surrey at 604-501-5100. Director's Tours must be booked and prepaid at least  two days in advance to ensure adequate numbers.

More Information

Call or email us for more information.

Email: Parks Planning & Design at parksrecculture@surrey.ca
Call: 604-501-5050

Photo Album Credit: Scarlet Black