The Garden in Bear Creek Park is one of Surrey's finest, filled with horticultural treasures that offer new interest throughout the year.
Located within Bear Creek Park on 88th Avenue, east of King George Highway in Surrey, the 5-acre gardens along with other park facilities are open from dawn to dusk daily.
Surrounded by a second-growth forest of Cottonwoods, Alders and Western Red Cedars, the garden site was originally cleared and seeded in 1973. The following year, three bridges and footpaths were constructed. Original plantings included a Rhododendron Bed, Heather Bed, Conifer Bed and several mixed horticultural areas. Little expansion took place until 1989, when funds became available to proceed with a Native Walk featuring plants of the Pacific Northwest, a watercourse and pond.
Framing the garden entrance from the main park area is a massive gateway constructed of Western Red Cedar. Its style is taken from that of the Coastal Indian Longhouses. A bridge crosses King Creek leading to a kiosk that details the various planting areas within the gardens.
The collection of plant material is divided into various groupings including Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Heather and Heaths. Other plantings include a Woodland Bed, Cottage Garden, Ornamental Grass Collection and a Shade Garden. Annual bedding and bulb displays add additional colour and interest during the spring and summer months, although the gardens diversity provides enjoyment year round.
The gardens have become especially popular with wedding parties, while a small 'chapel' is provided for those wishing to marry in the gardens.