Minter Gardens - Flowers and a classic car show

Minter Gardens will be closing for good by mid-October this year. I've always wanted to see the gardens and what better reason than to combine beautiful flowers with classic cars - two of my favourites!

Centuries ago, a massive mountain slide swept over the fertile lands of the eastern Fraser Valley. The rock fall pushed north across the Fraser River and ended its westerly flow at the area which is now Minter Gardens. The unique land formations left the area unsuitable for crop farming but early settlers found it ideal for raising cattle and other animals. Tall native specimen trees added to the charm of the location, and thousands of wild geraniums, columbine, roses and bleeding hearts added a finishing touch. It was this site that Brian and Faye Minter first saw on Christmas Day, 1977. The landscape was so unique, and the setting against 7,000 foot Mt. Cheam so picturesque, that a once-in-a-lifetime dream was born: to create one of the most beautiful gardens in the world!

Minter Gardens features 12 uniquely themed gardens designed to dazzle the senses with massive displays of colour and fragrance. Gently winding pathways progressively link each garden, and interspersed throughout will be the cars of the Classic Car Show. There will be a fantastic variety of vehicles from the 1930s to 1970s, so be sure to bring your camera as you walk down memory lane!


Live musical entertainment by Company B Jazz Band will help get you into the spirit of things and the Chilliwack Spinners and Weaver's Guild will be there to spin a yarn or two as well!

Around 11:30 we will meet up at the Envision Garden Café in Minter Gardens for coffee (as long as it's not super busy) and people can decide if they want to stay longer or head out, or take a trip up the road to Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park for some great photos of the falls and a short hike, if you have the energy!

PLEASE NOTE: Should the forecast call for rain the event will be postponed and attendees who have paid will be first back onto the reschedule date.

What should I bring:

A camera, it doesn't matter if you have a cameraphone, a point and shoot camera or a digital SLR, any camera is fine....because of the large crowds maybe minimal gear.

Make sure you are comfortable and dressed for whatever our unpredictable weather may be that day.....

Where will we meet?

We will meet outside the main gate to the gardens by 9:30AM.  We will go into the gardens and have our group photo done and then you are free to explore the gardens and cars for as long as you like.

As a group we can enter for $13.00 per person.  I will be collecting $13.00 from those attending, prior to the event.  You can pay me via cheque or cash. I prefer not to do paypal as I'm charged for each transaction and therefore do not recoup the full cost of the entrance fee unless I charge each of you $14.00 to attend!  I'd rather not do that!  Therefore if you are attending you can pay me at our next meet up or mail me a cheque by contacting me thru my profile.

If you have not paid two days (by Friday at 5:00PM) prior to the event you will be taken off the list so that someone on the waitlist can participate.

I will provide my cell phone # to those who have RSVP'd and paid for the event.

How do I get there?

Minter Gardens is approximately 90 minutes east of Vancouver just off the Highway 1.  Click on the map to get directions to the gardens.

Carpools can be arranged amongst individuals, but please remember that if you are a passenger the carpooling rule is $5.00 per person / per hour for the time you are with the driver to help cover gas and wear/tear.  You can work out your own arrangements, but please be respectful of the fact your driver has offered up their vehicle to get you out to the event and should be compensated as you both see acceptable.

What can I shoot?

Pretty much everything.  There are tons of flowers, waterfalls, classic cars, people, musicians - did I mention classic cars!  You are only limited by your imagination!

We are lovers of the City of Vancouver We are enthusiastic about photography and the GVRD....however we are not qualified to answer any technical questions you may have...there may be more skilled members participating on the walk to answer your questions...if not Barry J. Brady has kindly offered to answer any questions by email.

AT ALL TIMES, PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FELLOW PHOTO WALKERS, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS!

AFTER THE MEET-UP DON'T FORGET TO UPLOAD UP TO EIGHT OF YOUR BEST IMAGES.  Any more than 8 per person will be removed.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Jan and Kelly

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  • Ishita

    Thanks Jan for organizing this. Had a great time meeting all of you and finally making it to the Gardens!

    July 22, 2013

    • Jan

      Thanks Ishita. It was nice to see you again.

      July 23, 2013

  • Grant

    Wonderful morning. I especially like that we started early so I was able to get close to my dream cars (two 1965 mustangs) before they roped us off from them.

    July 21, 2013

    • Grant

      Wow! Convertible or coupe (not that it matters, they're both awesome).

      July 22, 2013

    • Jan

      Coupe - I'm the 3rd owner.

      July 23, 2013

  • Candy

    What a fantastic Sunday I had surrounding by beautiful people, colorful flowers and amazing cars...
    Most grateful to Jan for the ride and organizing this wonderful event! Thank you once again for your kindness!

    July 22, 2013

  • Steven S

    What a treat! Thank you Jan and Kelly!

    1 · July 21, 2013

    • Jan

      Thanks Steve. Kelly and I had a great time as well.

      July 22, 2013

  • Brigitte

    Great day. Thanks to the organizers for coordinating. Thankful we were there early. Finished the day with a walk to Bridal Veil Falls.

    July 22, 2013

  • kelly

    It was well worth the drive out to the gardens, I am so glad for the opportunity to visit before it closes....I loved going out to the Bridal Veil Falls...hadn't been there since I was in Brownies!...a beautiful way to spend a sunny Sunday!

    July 21, 2013

  • Heather

    Thanks for organizing such a great day.

    July 21, 2013

  • Michael Krochter

    Had a great time thank you Jan...and nice to meet all that came.

    July 21, 2013

    • Jan

      Thanks Michael. Glad you enjoyed it.

      July 21, 2013

  • Paul Digney

    Can I suggest 5 cars and 5 flowers? Since there were two sets of things to play with.

    July 21, 2013

    • Steven S

      Paul, it could be a bit too late. I have uploaded more than 5 "flowers" already. Hope I don't have to remove any if Jan and Kelly accept your suggestion.

      July 21, 2013

    • Jan

      The upload is 8 total - so four and four or whatever combination of 8 you come up with.

      July 21, 2013

  • Paul Digney

    What's the upload limit? I could get carried away. :)

    July 21, 2013

    • Jan

      EIGHT - in whatever combination you want. And if you think you could get carried away - wait and see how fast I can delete :)

      July 21, 2013

  • Paul Digney

    It is a very nice spot and a perfect day. I'm just sorry I was late and that I haven't goine other times.

    July 21, 2013

  • Jack Vainer

    Kelly, Jan,

    I am running about 30 minutes late, so I'll see you all there when I arrive.

    July 21, 2013

  • Candy

    Hi all, just wondering if anyone's driving from Coquitlam Centre or Maple Ridge that I can carpool with? Thanks!

    July 17, 2013

    • Candy

      Greatly appreciate your kindness Jan. Shall I meet you at the park lot by 8:15am or in front of TD on Johnson? I have a red Rav4. Here's my cell# [masked] in case you need to call! Thanks again!

      July 19, 2013

    • Jan

      Okay, thanks. Hope to see you tonight though.

      July 19, 2013

  • Bhag Barmi

    Sorry, I have to work this weekend on Saturday.

    July 19, 2013

    • Jan

      Sorry you can't make it Bhag. Hopefully to another walk.

      July 19, 2013

  • kelly

    If anyone needs a ride, Jan and I are leaving from Burnaby and would be happy to pick you up at the Royal Oak Skytrain station

    July 17, 2013

  • Susana

    Sorry! Cannot make it anymore! have fun!

    July 17, 2013

  • Jan

    if you are sure that you will be attending this event and will also be attending the Snug Cove walk this coming Saturday it would be helpful to me if you could arrange to pay me your entrance fee this week. I have to pay in advance for the group so anyone not paid by the 19th of July will be removed from the list. You can still attend, but you will be paying the full $17.00 entrance fee, rather than the $13.00 fee.
    If you want to pay by cheque or need to contact me, email me at [masked] so we don't tie this comment section up with personal emails.
    Thanks everyone!

    July 9, 2013

    • Jan

      yes Candy I did receive it. Sorry, I'm actually on vacation so am not checking email as often, but I did reply.

      July 16, 2013

    • Candy

      I got your reply Jan, thanks a lot! And I did reply to your letter this morning!

      July 16, 2013

  • Anne G.

    Sorry, I can make it after all...have a great time and see you at the next meet-up!

    July 16, 2013

  • Chantel Betts

    So sorry have to change our RSVP, got called into work... again.

    July 16, 2013

  • Candy

    Is anyone driving from Maple Ridge or Coq centre? Can I get a ride pls?

    July 16, 2013

  • Richard Wong

    Have fun people it sounds like a great venue.

    July 15, 2013

  • Belinda

    Hi Jan,
    Can I add a guest and if yes, how can i make arrangement to pay for her. Thanks

    July 14, 2013

  • Jayne Joanne

    hi jan. chrisb & jayne already have tickets. we will definitely be there.

    cheers.

    July 13, 2013

    • Jan

      Thanks Jayne for letting me know. See you there.

      July 13, 2013

  • Penny

    Hi Jan, I will make my payment at the door. Thank you and see you there.

    July 13, 2013

    • Jan

      Thanks for letting me know Penny. Look forward to seeing you.

      July 13, 2013

  • Jan

    ps. some of you have already paid me and I have made those notations. Because we are not using paypal I can't indicate on the attendee list that you have paid, but I know who you are :)

    July 9, 2013

  • Rob

    I just want to add that I heard this will be the last summer that Minter Gardens will be operating, so this may be our last photo op!

    July 6, 2013

    • Jan

      Rob, that's exactly why we are going. They will be closing in Oct for good. Look forward to seeing you there.

      July 7, 2013

  • Neely

    I have a baby showe that I forgot about this day. Have a great time everyone! I'm jealous.

    July 7, 2013

  • Filomena Rosati

    Sorry, have to cancel...next time I hope!

    July 5, 2013

    • Jan

      Hi Filomena, sorry you can't make it, but could you please change your RSVP to No so it opens up a space. Thanks and hope to see you again. J

      July 5, 2013

  • Vivian Zhang

    Hi, Jen, how to pay and where to pay you?

    July 4, 2013

    • Jan

      You can pay me if you are attending the next couple of walks or you can send me a cheque.

      July 5, 2013

  • Jan

    Hey Steve, I've upped the attendees so you can change your RSVP to a Yes and add 1 guest.

    July 4, 2013

  • Steven S

    Jan and Kelly, can I add one guest?

    July 4, 2013

  • Vivian Zhang

    Hi, every one, I am going to drive out from Richmond by my own, if anyone needs a ride feel free to contact with me, will happy to do that!

    July 4, 2013

  • Jan

    Just a reminder - it's approx. 90 minutes from Vancouver to Minter Gardens so please give yourselves enough time to arrive there by 9:30. I'll give you another 10 minutes after that before we head into the gardens. So call or text me if you are going to be late.

    July 3, 2013

    • Vivian Zhang

      Hi, Jan, since I am going to drive out from Richmond by my own, just in case i would get lost, would you please give me your phone number that I can call or text, thank you very much! My contact number is [masked]

      July 4, 2013

  • Jan

    Just as an FYI - although you are welcome to use the Entertainment coupon, Minter Gardens is giving us a group rate of $13.00 per person. If you choose to use the coupon then please let me know so that I don't collect money from you.

    July 4, 2013

    • kelly

      The coupon might not be good...it says "Special Fundraising Events Excluded".....this could be one of those events.

      July 4, 2013

  • Eileen Depeel

    Thanks

    July 4, 2013

  • 李嘉安

    If anyone has an Entertainment Book, there is a 2 for 1 coupon in there.
    Sorry I wont be going as I dont want to drive alone for that distance. Have fun

    July 3, 2013

  • Julia

    I'll have to check my schedule and figure out if I can make it, but I know the gals in Company B pretty well and can attest to how photogenic the band is, and what fantastic musicians they are!

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • kelly

    Jan & I will be heading out from Burnaby....I have room for 2 in my car and can pick you up at Royal Oak Skytrain station if necessary

    July 3, 2013

  • Ishita

    Have always planned on making a visit, so this will be great...hopefully I will feel better by then!

    July 3, 2013

  • Denis Seguin

    Great! never been there.

    July 3, 2013

    • Jan

      Let's hope it's a beautiful day as today! It will be my first time as well :)

      July 3, 2013

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