Stanley Park, one of Vancouver's most famous attractions, is better known for its majestic ceders and firs than for its flowers, but that doesn't mean there aren't gorgeous gardens there, too. In fact, the Stanley Park Gardens are among the Top 5 Vancouver Gardens as well as the Top 10 Things to Do at Stanley Park.
All gardens at Stanley Park are free (just like the rest of the park). The Stanley Park gardens include a rose garden, a rhododendron garden and a pictorial carpet bed at Prospect Point, the highest point in the park.
Generally, the best time of year to visit the gardens is spring and summer. Peak bloom times run from late-March through April and June through October.
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Stanley Park Rose Garden
The Stanley Park Rose Garden is part of a larger, landscaped garden of perennials, annuals and bulbs that slope down the causeway to the Stanley Park Pavilion. There are 3,500 plants on display at the Rose Garden, best enjoyed during the peak bloom times of June - October and late-March - April.
The Rose Garden is just off Pipeline Road, near the park's main, W Georgia St. entrance. If you're driving or walking with your phone, you can use the address for the Stanley Park Pavilion (610 Pipeline Rd., Vancouver) to locate the Rose Garden via GPS.
A small Shakespeare Garden is adjacent to the Rose Garden; it's a diverse arboretum with trees mentioned in Shakespeare plays and poems.
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When in bloom, Stanley Park's Ted & Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden is a sight to behold: 4,500 hybrid rhododendrons and azaleas, necklaced around the Stanley Park Pitch & Putt golf course amid magnolias and towering evergreens. Though the peak bloom time for walking in the garden is the first two weeks of May, the hybridization of these lovely flowers means that something is always in bloom from March - September.
The Rhododendron Garden is located off Lagoon Drive; from downtown, Lagoon Drive is accessible fromm Haro St. in the West End. Use GPS directions for the Stanley Park Pitch & Putt golf course to locate the garden.
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Carpet Bedding at Prospect Point
Carpet bedding is the technique of creating a picture or phrase using flowers and plants, and every year Stanley Park uses its own nursery stock to create a carpet bed from suggestions made by the public.
The carpet bed is on display at Prospect Point, the highest point in Stanley Park.