Stop and smell the (900-plus) roses! This spectacular formal rose garden and neighbouring newer Canadian Heritage Rose Garden, maintained by the Fraser Pacific Rose Society, is one of the last of its kind in Western Canada and free to tour.
Rose enthusiasts travel from around the world to visit and participate in the Annual Rose Show organized by the Fraser Pacific Rose Society. This juried event features hundreds of roses and horticultural exhibits and will be held on June 22 – 23, 2019. The Canadian Heritage Rose Garden contains only Canadian hybridized roses, a first in B.C. The garden includes three beds of a local Coquitlam hybridizer’s roses, George Mander, the only Canadian to be honoured in the World Hall of Fame for his Glowing Amber rose.
Gardens have long been a source of inspiration. Claude Monet, the famous French impressionist painter, was quoted as stating, “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”
Here in Coquitlam, those who seek tranquility head to Inspiration Garden. From floral displays to herbs, fruit trees to ornamental climbers, this central spot within Town Centre Park is among Coquitlam’s greatest public gardens.
Home to the iconic living bee sculpture, it’s a peaceful spot where visitors can stop and smell the roses, kick back and read a book, or take part in a seminar on everything from composting to growing traditional herbs in Asian medicine.
Experience the magic. Against the stunning landscape of Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park is transformed into a magical wonderland each winter season, featuring hundreds of thousands of lights. Metro Vancouver’s largest and most revered free lights display kicks-off on Saturday, November 24 and runs until January 20, 2019. Grab your mittens and cozy up – this illuminating spectacle is not to be missed.
This historic site is home to a nationally significant collection of 1,800 trees from around the world. Provincial botanist John Davidson collected and planted the specimens starting in 1911. Today, volunteers with the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society offer free arborist-led walks during summer through the arboretum. Also don’t miss Treefest each fall.