Welcome to Darts Hill Garden
Darts Hill Garden is the result of over 70 years of work and dedication guided by the vision of Francisca Darts.
Darts Hill Garden is the result of over 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 today.
Francisca’s curiosity and love of the new and interesting has resulted in the most diverse collection of mature tree and shrub species in the Pacific Northwest. Many were planted from seed collected from around the world.
In 1994 Edwin and Francisca Darts donated their 7.5-acre garden to the City of Surrey and its citizens. Their intention was to give Surrey its own garden to be used as a horticultural centre for the preservation, enhancement, and development of plants. The non-profit Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society works in partnership with the City of Surrey towards these goals.
Thanks to the careful plant selection of Francisca Darts, Darts Hill is stunning in every season. In winter, you’ll see rhododendrons, witch hazels, mahonias, viburnums, heathers, sarcococca early camellias, and many more flowering treasures. In addition, you’ll admire beautiful bark, elegant branch structure, colourful berries, and stately evergreens. Winter openings are limited to the once-a-month members’ only days shown on our calendar, or bring your friends and family for a private tour of the garden. The garden resumes regular Saturday public openings in April.
Follow the Garden’s extraordinary history from its start in the 1940s to its donation to the City of Surrey.