There are many beautiful gardens in Greater Vancouver. Probably the largest, most extensive garden is Van Dusen Gardens. Operated by the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association since 1975, it features such highlights such as a Korean Pavillion, a Children's Garden, a hedge maze and a collection of Southern Hemisphere Flora.

 A close second in popularity, and free to tour, is Queen Elizabeth Park. It includes the Bloedel Conservatory, which has a small admission fee, but is a fun place to go with kids because of all the birds flying around.

Other popular gardens include the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the UBC Botanical Garden, the Nitobe Memorial Garden at UBC, and the Park & Tilford Gardens. A hidden gem is the small Japanese-style garden surrounding UBC's Asian Centre (just across the road from Nitobe Garden), which incorporates delightful dry water features.

Unfortunately, Minter Gardens in Chilliwack has closed permenantly.

A listing of gardens is available on the Tourism Vancouver website.

Check out Inside Vancouver (www.insidevancouver.ca), for a recent article on Nitobe Gardens.