Darts Hill Garden

On Tuesday, June 21, 2011, we attended an open house event at Darts Hill Garden (http://www.dartshill.ca/). I had never heard of this site before, but it is truly a treasure. Set on 7.5 acres in South Surrey, the garden features a collection of rare plants, shrubs and trees.

The garden was cultivated over a period of sixty years by Edwin and Francisca Darts, and Francisca subsequently donated the site to the City of Surrey for public enjoyment. The gardens are cared for by the Darts Hill Society, which makes annual memberships available at a cost of only twenty dollars.

Among other benefits, members can enjoy monthly visits to the garden including guided tours and access to guest speakers. For non-members, the garden is generally open four times per year. Guided tours can also be booked at a cost of five dollars per person.

one of many flower beds

In addition to the abundant flora, there is significant fauna in and around the gardens. We saw evidence of deer and raccoons. Apparently, the ponds are inhabited by frogs, and the forest canopy supports a wide array of bird life.

The City of Surrey and Darts Hill Society continue to seek ways to preserve and enhance this incredible natural legacy, and there is talk of partnering with a local post-secondary institution to offer horticultural training. Watch for future open house events in the autumn. In the meantime, I recommend considering taking out a membership in the Darts Hill Society. For the nominal cost involved, it would definitely be an excellent investment!

a striking plant in the forest

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New Moka House at Guildford Mall

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Moka House Coffee has opened its newest location in Guildford Mall.  All of their blends are both fair trade and organic, and the price point is fairly competitive (just over $2.00 for a large cup).  On top of all that, the coffee was brewed to perfection.  Moka House will definitely give the green mermaid a run for her money!

Newsflash – Happenings in Surrey

I received the latest update from Vibrant Surrey, which alerted me to a few interesting events that are coming up.  First, Vibrant Surrey is hosting the Surrey Forum: building the community economy on Thursday August 27.  They are surprisingly mum on what this is all about, but you can follow them on Twitter to find out when the registration goes live.

The second event, hosted by the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, is hosting four evenings of Movies Under the Stars at Holland Park.  The offerings aren’t totally to my taste, but admission is free and it should still be a good time.  

If you aren’t familiar with Vibrant Surrey, I highly recommend visiting their website.  They are geared towards reducing poverty and building community in Surrey, and you can join their mailing list to find out about all kinds of events, announcements, etc…

Ride to Conquer Cancer

On Saturday, we headed over to Guilford Mall to see two very good friends off on the Ride to Conquer Cancer.  Over 1,700 rider participated, raising over $6.9 million in total!

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After stretching and opening ceremonies, participants commenced their two day journey to Seattle, Washington.  I bet that kept the border guards busy!

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Donations are still being accepted online and, if you’re really feeling ambitious, you can find information on the 2010 Ride there as well (shudder!).

Postscript

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This was an odd site.  On our way over to the mall, we saw this fellow riding a zamboni-like gizmo, picking up litter with a stick.  It was kind of like a post-modern game of polo, but all by himself…