Gardens in Stanley Park
Take advantage of the abundance of beautiful flower gardens in Stanley Park. Consider visiting them between spring and fall each year to see the flowers in bloom.
Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden
The Park Board received an extensive collection of hybrid rhododendron and azalea plants in the late 1960s.
This collection of plants came from the Royston nursery belonging to Ted and Mary Greig, who were renowned rhododendron hybridizers.
In all, about 4,500 plants are planted around the Stanley Park Pitch & Putt golf course.
While the garden is at its peak during the first two weeks of May, rhododendrons bloom from March through June. Walks through the garden are always rewarding any time in the spring and summer because there is always something in bloom.
Rose Garden and floral displays
The Stanley Park Rose Garden, first established in 1920 by the Kiwanis Club, boasts over 3,500 rose bushes, as well as a stylish west coast-inspired arbor supporting a combination of climbing roses and clematis.
Floral display beds slope downward toward the causeway and extend up to the Stanley Park Pavillion providing seasonal spectacles of colour with annuals and perennials from June to October and flowering bulb displays from
March to May.
Nestled between the Rose Garden and the forest in Stanley Park, the Shakespeare Garden pays homage to The Bard.
The garden is a diverse arboretum that includes trees mentioned in his plays and poems.
There are about 45 trees that form the arboretum that accompanies the monument. Trees designated from the works of Shakespeare have been affixed with plaques that display their appropriate quotes. These Shakespeare trees are integrated throughout the arboretum for visitors to find as they explore the garden.
Stanley Park Rock Garden
Started in 1911 by master gardener John Montgomery from boulders excavated for the construction of the new Stanley Park Pavilion, the Rock Garden was the first public garden in Vancouver.
The garden flourished for fifty years until portions slowly became abandoned and disappeared into the forest. The story of the Rock Garden remained forgotten, and the true extent was not realized until a wind storm in 2006 revealed portions of this garden landscape.
In 2011, a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the Rock Garden which celebrated its 100th Anniversary along with the nearby Stanley Park Pavilion. In 2013, the garden was officially added to the Vancouver Heritage Register as an important landscape resource.