This isn’t the usual type of content I’d include in this series of Metro Vancouver Walks, as it’s more neighbourhood park with flowers, but i figured anyone living in the lower mainland could use a dose of colour. Because #raincouver.
Sendall Botanical Gardens are small, comprised of 3.5 acres tucked away in a residential neighbourhood in Langley. It gets its name from one of the town’s first mayors, Ernie Sendall.
Mr. Sendall and his wife, Annie, immigrated to British Columbia shortly after WWI with their children. From 1948, Mr. Sendall owned a farming machinery business on the land that would later be turned into the park.
He later became the first elected town Mayor on 30 May 1955, and remained in the position until his death. In the park you’ll find a carved statue of its namesake, pictured here with James.
The park includes several trails, one along a small creek, and a greenhouse full of tropical plants and flowers.
Surprising to find was this bee house, installed specifically for Mason bees and an attempt to protect, and encourage their pollination.
For more information about the company responsible for installation here at Sendall Botanical Gardens, and many other local parks, check out their website here.