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Last Chance to Stop and Smell the Roses Before Minter Gardens Closes Forever

September 2, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

2013 will be the final season for Minter Gardens, the 32-acre show garden located at the foot of Mt. Cheam in Rosedale, BC.

The last day of operation will be Monday, October 14, 2013. Minter Gardens officially opened in May of 1980 and for the past 33 years this lush, oasis in Mighty Fraser Country has been a must see attraction for visitors and locals.

Centuries ago, a massive mountain slide swept over the fertile lands of the eastern Fraser Valley. gI_132315_Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 2.37.19 PMThe rock fall pushed north across the Fraser River and ended its westerly flow at the area which is now Minter Gardens. The unique land formations left the area unsuitable for crop farming but early settlers found it ideal for raising cattle and other animals. Tall native specimen trees added to the charm of the location, and thousands of wild geraniums, columbine, roses and bleeding hearts added a finishing touch. It was this site that Brian and Faye Minter first saw on Christmas Day, 1977. The landscape was so unique, and the setting against 7,000 foot Mt. Cheam so picturesque, that a once-in-a-lifetime dream was born: to create one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

Over the past 33 years countless visitors have passed through the gates and found themselves transformed as they entered this 32 acre oasis. If the plants and flowers could talk, they would tell tales of couples walking hand in hand through the Arbour Garden, children squealing as they found their way through the labyrinth, brides and grooms making solemn vows in the rose garden and families posing with the infamous topiary ladies. For many, a visit to Minter Gardens was an annual event and for some, even, a daily event. Minter staff tell stories of a woman who returns to the garden every year to sit on her mother’s memorial bench and of a gentleman who visited the garden, to walk the paths, daily as part of his recovery from knee surgery. And those lucky visitors who have enjoyed a tour of the garden with Brian as their guide have an even deeper understanding of the magic of this little corner of the region.

Minter’s 12 themed gardens come together to create a stroll-garden design, which, if you follow the paths throughout the garden takes you in a giant loop past all 12 distinct garden “zones”. Each area of the garden is truly special, but it seems that everyone has a favourite! Some love the playfulness of the children’s garden with the crazy Whimsy Tree and the duck pond while others favour the traditional garden designs in the formal garden or the spectacular Waterwall in the arbour garden.

With just under 2 months to go before the garden closes forever, there has never been a better time to take some time to stop and smell the roses. Throughout this time, Minter will be celebrating the past 33 years with a series of special days.

Minter Gardens is located just 90 minutes east of downtown Vancouver at 52892 Bunker Road, Chilliwack.

For more information about Vancouver, Coast & Mountains and the Chilliwack area, visit For the latest updates about the Minter Gardens closure and special events visit the Minter Gardens website.

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