This will be the final season for the Minter Gardens — done in by declining tourism and climate change.
The Minter family suddenly announced Tuesday “with mixed feelings” that they are closing and selling the sprawling 32-acre show gardens at the foot of Mt. Cheam in Rosedale.
“Minter Gardens has been a huge part of our lives,” said Brian Minter, who co-owns the property with his wife and business partner, Faye Minter.
It’s been “difficult” to make the final decision.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime dream to create one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Few people have the opportunity to live out their dreams so we consider ourselves truly blessed.
Minter Gardens will close on Monday, October 14, 2013.
The decision does not affect the Country Garden Store location in Chilliwack.
Since opening in 1980, the gardens became a huge destination site for horticultural fans.
“However, in more recent years, the attraction has felt the pressure of declining tourism and a changing climate that offers up more cold, rainy days than the abundantly sunny ones that attract visitors to the grounds,” reads the press release.
“Together, these factors have significantly impacted the long-term viability of operating an outdoor destination garden.” The Minters are working on the next steps, exploring options where it could be redeveloped into an environment and community friendly way to make the “best use” of the natural setting and landscape features.
They are trying to do right by those who wanted to hold special events at Minter Gardens.
“Any events booked for the current season will proceed as planned,” said Lisa Minter-Bustin, assistant manager.
They have contacted young couples that have expressed interest in hosting weddings at Minter Gardens in 2014.
“We will of course offer assistance, with their permission, in helping them secure alternate venues for their special days.”
Similarly, the Minters will be contacting individuals who purchased commemorative benches in memory of loved ones who have passed. Stay tuned for a series of special days where the Minters will welcome guests to the Gardens to help them celebrate as they mark 33 years of beauty.