Have you ever experienced the magnificent oasis that is Darts Hill Garden Park? Edwin and Francisca Darts donated this unique legacy to the city of Surrey in 1994, so that everyone could take pleasure in its beauty. It’s seven and a half acres of lush horticulture – a result of hard work, dedication, love, and an unrelenting pioneer spirit that isn’t so common nowadays! The couple acquired the untilled property in 1943, transforming it into an award-winning orchard, rich in fruits like apples, pears and apricots. The property evolved with Francisca’s interests into what you see today – a stunning Collection Garden that appeals to the plantsman in all of us.
But the garden isn’t just for outdoor tours, Saturday strolls and the occasional plant sale. It also plays host to special events throughout the year, like Arts at Darts, an event that takes place on June 20th and features the work of outstanding local artists against what we think might just be the prettiest backdrop imaginable.
The vibrant sounds of Rossi on Spanish guitar and steel drums will accompany the event. Darts Hill Guides will also be on hand to enhance your experience, as well as Master Gardeners who will be happy to answer your gardening questions.
If you think you’re up to multi-tasking then this is the perfect opportunity for you to stroll the garden, enjoy a beverage, chat with the artists, take in the artwork, and if you feel so inclined, maybe even make a purchase! If you prefer your art ‘off the wall’, quite literally speaking, there’s a silent auction that features hand-painted Adirondack chairs, which would make a cool, creative addition to any garden.
Each artist at the event is as varied as the plants and flowers that decorate the venue. Scarlet Black is an artist photographer, whose work centers on the natural world. Elizabeth Carefoot alternates between painting in acrylics to constructing boxes, stitching, and making dolls and papier mache objects. Her work is strongly influenced by her long-standing interest in Middle Eastern culture. Don Francis specializes in unique, three-dimensional, metal sculptures and David Patterson’s unique style of working with sand and oils reveals the inner workings of nature and the natural forces at work. The only thing all the artists have in common? They’re incredibly talented and they all call Surrey home!
If you’d like to do more homework prior to the event, then check out the Arts at Darts blog. Here, you’ll be able to read about all the artists and peruse their work.
Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of $5 per person and $10 per family.
Visit Darts Hill Garden Park, 1635 170 Street
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Photo Courtesy of Arts at Darts.