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. Guided tours are offered on specific days each month from April to October; or year-round by special arrangement (for groups of 6 or more). Tickets are $15 for AEF members; $25 for non-members. 

Register on-line by selecting and clicking one of the scheduled tour dates below. For alternative tour dates or larger group tours, please contact tour director Simon Scott at tours@aefoundation.ca. A choice of refund or rescheduling will be offered if weather or insufficient bookings require us to cancel the tour. 

An article about the garden and its history is available here.

Select one of these tour dates:

  • [Please check back in early Spring for our new list of pre-scheduled tour dates. In the meantime, custom tours (for groups of 6 or more) can be set by contacting Simon at tours@aefoundation.ca.]

Photo credit: Selwyn Pullan