Darts Hill Garden is the result of nearly 70 years of work and dedication guided by the clear vision of Francisca Darts. Along with her husband Edwin, Francisca took a logged piece of land, turned it first into an award winning orchard and then into the unique garden that is Darts Hill.
One of the things that make Darts Hill Garden unique is the number of rare and unusual plants that can be seen there. As well, many specimens of these rare plants are mature. This allows the observer to clearly see and understand the distinctive aspects of the plant.
Francisca's curiosity and love of the new and interesting has resulted in the most diverse collection of tree species in the Pacific Northwest. Most of these trees can be seen at a mature growth height, some having been planted over half a century ago.
Darts Hill Garden is open to the general public for four Open House dates per year, where vistors can expect many special activities including tours, a plant sale and Master Gardeners on hand to answer your garden questions. Last year, we added our casual Saturday Stroll series and are pleased to be able to continue this series. Check our calendar for all dates and times to help you plan your visit. Darts is also host to special events, such as the City's Sounds of Summer--we'll post these special dates as they are booked, but also keep your eye on our social media sites to stay informed.
You might also be interested in booking a private tour. We offer specialized tours for as few as 5 friends, but welcome larger groups as well. Phone 604.501.5050 to book a tour. Jump to our Tour Page for more information.
Members and volunteers have even more opportunities to visit the garden. To find out how to become a member and enjoy the gardens more frequently, jump to our Membership Page.
Of special interest to our members, The White Rock Museum & Archives presents, Science As Art: Botanical Illustrations of Canadian Fruit Tree Varieties from January 14th - March 31st, 2014 at the White Rock Museum located at the White Rock waterfront. Among many beautiful and informative exhibits, our members will be particularly interested in artifacts and displays from Darts Hill Garden as well as horticultural presentations by Darts Hill members. For more information, please see The White Rock Museum website.
Do you love photos of Darts? We now have a blog that features many gorgeous shots taken recently. Check it out at: dartshillgarden.wordpress.com New photos are also regularly added to our Facebook page.