Spring is in full bloom, and so are the budding flowersaround beautiful Vancouver. Our city’s coastal climate encourages abundant growth of all kinds of florals, so it’s time to get outside and smell the roses. Jump in your car and feel the wind in your hair as you drive around with your windows down and visit one of these great spots for beautiful spring flowers.
1. VanDusen Botanical Garden
Located just a half hour north of Richmond, the VanDusen Botanical Garden makes for a magical day trip. The beautiful garden grounds come to life with magnolias and spring-flowering bulbs in April. It is also home to the must-see annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and hosts a bunch of great sales for the avid gardener. Celebrate the arrival of spring and catch the flowering cherry trees in full bloom all month long. Don’t forget your camera!
2. Stanley Park
Stanley Park is a favourite for both couples and families. This park has a beautiful collection of flowers and April is the perfect time to see them. The Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden and the Shakespeare Garden await to be explored by visitors. Plus, the famous Stanly Park Rose Garden boasts over 3,500 rose bushes and beautiful flowering bulb displays that pop with colour at this time of year.
3. Queen Elizabeth Park Quarry Gardens
The Queen Elizabeth Park Quarry Gardens takes its name from the quarry that used to be located in its place before it became a park in the 1960s. This garden is full of spectacular green displays of trees and shrubs as well as a variety of bulbs and annuals. There’s even peaceful stream and calming waterfall waiting to be found. Climb to the park’s highest point and visit the Bloedel Conservatory to step inside a lush paradise with over 100 free-flying birds and over 500 exotic plants and flowers.
4. UBC Botanical Gardens
Tucked away The University of British Columbia campus, the UBC Botanical Gardens is one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets. Although it is open all year round, the garden’s April display is especially impressive with vibrant magnolias, rhododendrons, and more colourful blooms. Go for a drive along the coast and stop in to explore the grounds or learn about the diversity of plants with a guided walking tour.
5. Nitobe Memorial Garden
Also located within the UBC Botanical Garden, the Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden. Visit to experience an authentic taste of Japan and a harmonious balance among natural forms. The spring is prime time to take in the cherry blossoms and enjoy the peaceful waterfalls. You can even take part in a tea ceremony by visiting on the last Saturday of the month.