Couple crossing pond at Glades

Buy tickets to visit one of the Lower Mainland's largest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas.

A limited number of professional and group photography permits are available for The Glades Woodland Garden for fall 2022. Email partnersinparks@surrey.ca for more information.

Fall Openings

The Glades Woodland Garden will be open fall 2022 for general admission. Stroll the garden paths and enjoy the fall colors. Experience the natural wonder of the garden one last time this year.

Dates

General admission between 10am to 4pm each Saturday and Sunday until October 2.

  • September 3 & 4
  • September 10 & 11
  • September 17 & 18
  • September 24 & 25
  • October 1 & 2

Buy Tickets Online

  1. Visit the online ticket store.
  2. Select General Admission tickets.
  3. Choose your desired date and time.
  4. Select desired number of regular and children's tickets. Select up to ten tickets per order.
    • Children 12 and under enter for free but need a pre-booked children's ticket.
  5. Proceed to your cart.
  6. Enter your payment details and check out.

Buy tickets online

Buy Tickets Over the Phone

  1. Phone the City of Surrey Call Centre: 604-501-5050.
  2. Ask to book tickets to The Glades Woodland Garden.
  3. Provide your desired date and time.
  4. Staff will book your tickets for you through the online ticket store.
  5. Be prepared to provide your payment information.

Visitor Information

  • Pre-booked tickets are required for entry.
  • General admission tickets are $7.00 per person (plus tax).
  • Children 12 and under enter for free but need a pre-booked children's ticket.
  • Entry times are available every 60 minutes.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. The pathways are mulch.
  • The garden is not wheelchair accessible.
  • No pets. Only service animals are permitted.

Ticket Refunds 

Refunds will be given up to the Thursday before your booking.

To request a refund:

Hours

Select seasonal openings - see above.

Address

457 - 172 Street, Surrey BC

Contacts

Phone: 604-501-5050

Email: partnersinparks@surrey.ca

Photography

Professional and group photography permits

A limited number of permits will be available for professional and group photography during fall public garden openings.

Fall photography sessions

One photography session permit is available each day that the Glades Woodland Garden is open to the public this fall. 

  • Dates: September 3–October 2, 2022
  • Days: Saturdays & Sundays
  • Time: 2:00–3:30pm
  • Session length: 90 minutes
  • Maximum group size: 10 people (including photographer)

Book your photography session permit

To request a booking for a photography session:

  1. Fill out the Glades Woodland Garden Photography Permit PDF
  2. Email your completed Photography Permit PDF to partnersinparks@surrey.ca
  3. City staff will contact you to confirm your booking

Park Information

The Glades Woodland Garden 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.

 

Park History

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 more 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.

Park Improvements

The City is expanding the Glades Woodland 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. Improvements to The Glades Woodland Garden will allow for additional park events and for more public garden openings in the future.