The news last week of the permanent closing of Minter Gardens was a shock to everyone, including me. This 32 acre display garden has been drawing visitors from near and far since opening in 1980. Run by the well-known gardening guru Brian Minter and his family, the gardens were a destination for tourists as well as a popular venue for weddings and other events including the antique car show held annually in the gardens.
But don’t despair – there is an upside. Minter Gardens will be open until the fall, hosting its last visitors on Monday October 14th, 2013. Now is a great time to book a trip to Chilliwack and visit the twelve themed gardens spectacularly set against the backdrop of Mount Cheam. It is hard to pick a favorite garden within Minter Gardens, however the Rose Garden is blooming now and the Arbour Garden is a wonderful place for a cool stroll on a warm summer day ending with a waterfall. The Children’s Garden will entertain younger visitors providing something for all ages. The Meadow Garden is a favorite location for wedding photos. In addition to the themed gardens, Minter Gardens also boasts several water features. Be sure to end your visit at the Café located within the gardens as well as stop at the gift shop to pick-up your lasting memories of Minter Gardens.
For directions, hours of operation and admission rates, I have included a link below.
Your trip to Minter Gardens is not complete without a stop at Minter Country Gardens, Minter’s retail garden store located on Young Road North just minutes from downtown Chilliwack. The 18 acre destination garden center is much more than your average garden center. As well as standard bedding plants you will find an outdoor selection of shrubs and trees pleasantly displayed in a garden setting, as well as several greenhouses located throughout the property. Inside you will find a great selection of seeds, tropical plants, garden tools and implements, unique giftware, a full service floral department and an on-site café featuring light meals and snacks. On Saturdays in the summer the parking lot on Young Road is host to a farmers market featuring vendors selling local produce. And good news for gardeners, the retail store will remain open with the Minter family continuing at the helm.
Did this peak your interest? Don’t miss this opportunity to see the gardens before they close forever. Mention “Minter Gardens” when making your reservations at the Royal Hotel and receive 15% off your weekday stay during July, August and September. (Valid for stays Sunday through Thursday nights, based on availability)