Start your day at Cedar Rim Nursery: The largest retail/wholesale nursery on the West Coast with the largest selection of specimen trees, shrubs, perennials and more! Stop by the family owned & operated nursery that has been operating in the Fraser Valley for more than 40 years and roam the acres of plants and find everything you need to make your garden a success! Also be sure to check their events calendar for their regularly scheduled workshops and events.
229985 Downes Rd, Abbotsford, BC, CA, V4X 1Z8https://tanglebank.com/
Tanglebank is a multi-generational family farm and boutique garden centre and bistro, where they strive to create an experience of outdoor inspiration. Whether you’re strolling through the colourful gardens, enjoying fresh, local ingredients in Brambles Bistro, shopping in the gift shop or picking out plants for your own home, they are passionate about providing unique, quality items that inspire and encourage people to cultivate. As A destination for all, Tanglebank welcomes young and old to come and experience all that they have to offer. Plan to give yourself time to stroll a while or just sit in the garden enjoying the breeze, the fragrance and the beauty.
After taking in a bite at Tanglebank, make your way to Ripples Estate Winery & New Wave Distilling for an artisanal cocktail or wine tasting. Located in the heart of the Fraser Valley, tucked into a garden oasis you will find craft cocktails, artisan wines and tasty bites sourced from their own ingredients, sustainably. Be sure to sit out in their Secret Garden. The ambiance is tropical garden party meets elegance. The beautiful clear roof reception space is filled with tropical trees and plants and draped with elegant chiffon with massive, dimmable crystal chandeliers that twinkle all night. Water features add soft sounds so you can focus on the scent of jasmine and ginger lilies, as they fill the air.
441310 Royalwood Dr, Chilliwack, BC, Canada, V2R 4J3https://chilliwacksunflowerfest.com/
This site is home to not 1, but 2 flower festivals! In the spring throughout April and May you will find over 8.5 million tulips at The Chilliwack Tulip Festival. And in the fall throughout August and September you will find the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival boasting nearly 50 varieties of gorgeous sunflowers. Roam more than three kilometers of pathways throughout the fields, which are planted in stages so that all of the flowers can be enjoyed throughout the season in various locations. While weather conditions determine when the greatest number of flowers are in bloom, between five and eight acres will be in full bloom at all times.
Situated in a unique valley between Vedder Mountain and the International Ridge lies the Windward Lavender field at 181 meters above sea level. The high altitude climate here lends to a unique quality of lavender valued worldwide.
Their lavender is hand harvested, allowing the full spectrum of oil to be preserved and used for their various products. Be sure to check their events calendar ahead of time and perhaps plan to partake in a yoga class among their fields of lavender.
Finishing off your day, make your way for dinner and check in to your accommodation. More than a hotel, Harrison Hot Springs Resort is a basecamp for experiencing the scenic beauty, natural attractions and exhilarating outdoor adventures of Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. Tucked among tranquil gardens on the shoreline of Harrison Lake, the relaxing, pet-friendly resort awaits you with rustic charm, modern amenities, and a classic resort experience.
Begin the second leg of your journey by visiting an authentic Indigenous gift shop. Featuring cultural & hand-crafted products made using local plants and resources. Located directly across from the welcome figures at Stó:lō Nation, be sure to take a moment to acknowledge the lands in which you are exploring and thank the stewards who have preserved it for time immemorial.
810015 Young Rd, Chilliwack, BC, Canada, V2P 4V4http://mintergardening.com
Next make your way to Minter Country Garden to shop and learn amongst their vast 18 Acre location. Here you will find and learn everything you need to succeed in your garden adventures! Minter Country Garden is an all encompassing garden shop that has become a destination for experts and novice gardeners alike. If you are beginning to feel a little hungry while browsing you can also refuel at their cafe with light meals and a wide variety of teas available.
Head over to Farmhouse Brewing for a fabulous wood fired lunch and craft beer pairing. The brewpub is located on their family farm and features fabulous craft beers brewed on site, and farm fresh seasonal meals prepared in their wood fired oven with ingredients grown on site.
Enjoy Harrison Lavender’s soothing aroma and peaceful atmosphere – take some of the experience home with you by picking up a product from their shop! You can also stroll through Earthwise Agassiz’s beautifully landscaped ecological demonstration gardens and get some inspiration for your own gardens at home.
Before heading back to your accommodation, stop in at the Hope Memorial Park located directly across from the city center and visit the Japanese Friendship Garden. Spend 30 minutes taking in the sites and tranquil sounds of babbling water in the gardens. You will also find various sculptures on display throughout the park.
Minter Country Garden
Grab a coffee and make your way to Coquitlam for some morning garden inspiration! Located in Town Centre Park, this public garden is dedicated to inspiring, developing and supporting gardeners in the community. Featuring the iconic living bee sculpture and free seminars. If you make it here on a Friday between 10-12 during their “ask a gardener” hours, you can even chat with one of their expert gardeners as they share their wealth of knowledge, expertise and passion for gardening with the Coquitlam community.
Just a short 14 minute drive away you will find yourself at The Centennial Rose Garden. With over 9000 roses including the only Canadian hybridized roses, this garden is free and open to the public to take a leisurely wander around and enjoy the beauty and the fragrance of the many varieties of roses or take a seat on one of the conveniently located benches. There are over 800 rose species in the garden including climbers, shrubs, floribunda, hybrid tea, miniature, old garden and rambling roses. It is maintained almost entirely by the volunteer members of the Fraser Pacific Rose Society affectionately known as the ‘Garden Gnomes’ who are always happy to offer help and advice to the many visitors who drop by.
Featuring an arboretum, display garden, and guided tree walks on the site of a former hospital. Riverview Horticultural Centre Society is a community-oriented centre for horticultural, educational and therapeutic activities for people with mental illnesses. Be sure to check their calendar for dates and times of free tree tours, events, and performances.
Following the Fraser River, make your way to Maple Ridge to grab lunch from an established farm to table restaurant. Big Feast Bistro + Retail is a bright eatery serving Canadian comfort grub, including breakfast items, made from local ingredients. Open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be sure to pick up a copy of their cookbook to bring some of their amazing recipes home with you.
On your final stop of your Fraser Valley garden journey, visit the Maple Ridge Intergenerational Garden. Bringing together people across generations, the Intergenerational Garden acts as an educational space where adult and senior volunteers teach students to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers and berries. If you would like to get involved and volunteer your time, be sure to reach out in advance of your trip to see about lending a hand and educating youth on the importance of gardening.