Vancouver has a lot of beautiful sights and interesting landmarks, including a pair of Stanley Park attractions with relevance to Kiwanis.
Did you know, for example that President Warren G. Harding was a Kiwanis club member, and that there’s a memorial for him in Stanley Park? In fact, there’s a story behind that—check it out.
But did you also know that Stanley Park is known for its flower gardens, and that one of its best floral displays was established in 1920 by a local Kiwanis club?
The Stanley Park Rose Garden was first established by Vancouver Kiwanians in 1920 "to demonstrate the possibilities of rose culture in Vancouver," according to the City of Vancouver’s Parks, Recreation and Culture website. The attraction now has more than 3,500 rose bushes and includes an arbor wrapped in climbing roses and clematis. It’s a popular, romantic venue for outdoor weddings.
“Large floral display beds slope down toward the causeway and up to the Stanley Park Pavilion area with mass plantings of perennials and annuals in summer, and bulbs in springtime,” the website reports. “This is the park's epicenter of bloom between June and October and in late March and April.”
If you’re attending the 98th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Vancouver, June 27–30, the rose garden is located off Pipeline Road, near Stanley Park’s Georgia Street entrance. It’s less than two miles from the Vancouver Convention Center.