The Glades Garden
Explore the beautiful woodland gardens at the Glades in South Surrey.
Walk-ins will not be permitted at this site. If you are interested in viewing the gardens, please pre-register.
This garden does not have wheelchair access.
Due to the sensitive nature of the garden, professional photography, wedding and graduation photos, pets, bicycles and sporting equipment are not permitted in the park. Services dogs are permitted.
Select Spring Openings
The Glades Woodland Garden is reopening to the public this spring for pre-registered visits. COVID-19 guidelines are in place to allow the community to safely enjoy the park.
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 always given much input into the garden, ensuring its footprint is not altered, but enhanced in a manner that Murray Stephen would approve.
The Glades Woodland Garden is reopening to the public, this will be the first time the garden has been open since 2019. Come explore the park during the public garden openings, scheduled from 10am – 3pm every Saturday from May 1 to June 5, 2021.
Walk-ins will not be permitted at this site. If you wish to visit the garden, please pre-register.
Plan a Visit
The Glades is re-opening with updated guidelines to allow the community to safely enjoy the park. Strict protocols are in place; including one way trail systems, and staggered entry times.
- General admission tickets are $7.00 per person
- Registration will take place through the Surrey Arts Centre Box office.
- All visitors must pre-register for their visit no later than the Friday afternoon before their visit.
- Entry times will be available every 30 minutes.
- Please wear close toed shoes during your visit, as the pathways are mulch.
- The garden does not have wheelchair access.
While the Glades Woodland Garden is open for strolls on a limited basis, due to COVID-19 regulations we ask that visitors retain a regular flow of foot traffic while in the garden. We ask that if you stop to take photos it is done as quickly as possible to keep the flow of people moving.
Professional photo shoots will not be permitted throughout the 2021 season.
Hours of Operation
Saturdays, 10am – 4pm
May 1 to June 5, 2021
Entry times are as follows:
Purchase Tickets Online
Ticket sales open April 12, 2021
Purchase Tickets by Phone
Registration will take place through the Surrey Arts Centre Box Office.
- Call: 604-501-5566 (press 1)
- Pay by Visa, MasterCard, American Express
Box Office Hours
Monday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3pm - 8pm
Closed Sunday and Stat Holidays
For questions regarding the Glades Woodland Garden:
- Email: email@example.com
- Call: 604-501-5050
The City is expanding the Glades Garden Park to an ultimate size of 15 acres. The concept plan, completed by Parks staff and the Landscape Architectural firm PWL Partnership, outlines the park expansion. The concept includes new feature gardens, gathering spaces, parking, washrooms and a new main entrance.
As improvements are completed, the City is excited to open more areas in the garden. We welcome visitors during our pre-registered Spring Openings to come and see the updates.
Improvements to The Glades will allow for additional park events and for more public garden openings in the future.