Behind a simple cedar fence in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood, lies a secret garden, a quiet oasis where Canada’s famed architect, the late Arthur Erickson, made his home for over fifty years. Residing in a minimal house set on the lane, he looked out to a contemplative garden landscaped with reflective water, rhododendrons, ferns, bamboo and grasses among mighty Douglas fir and dogwood trees. Arthur described its essence as “a clearing in the forest.”

Together Arthur Erickson’s house and garden were his inspiration, his haven and one of his most delicate design accomplishments; a work of art, unique, and intact. The Arthur Erickson Foundation is sole owner of the property, and is responsible for its management, maintenance, and related operations. We are working hard to raise funds to support the restoration of the house and garden and to provide an endowment for its ongoing care.

The garden changes character through the seasons; visits are most popular April to October. Regular tours are offered on specific days each month (subject to rescheduling if fewer than 4 have registered), or any time by special arrangement.

Register on-line by selecting and clicking one of the upcoming tour dates below. Tickets are $15 for AEF members; $25 for non-members. For alternative tour dates or larger group tours, please contact Simon Scott at Simon's article about the garden and its history is available here.

Pandemic Update: We have re-started our tour program, for smaller groups, and with a request that participants take care to "... practice good hygiene, maintain physical distancing, and consider using non-medical masks when physical distancing isn’t possible". Together, we can take these actions to keep the infection curve flat, while doing more to improve our personal well-being, restart our economy and strengthen our connections in our communities.

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Photo credit: Selwyn Pullan