Inspiration Garden

Located just north of Guildford Way on Pipeline RoadThe Inspiration Garden is dedicated to growing, supporting and connecting gardeners in the community. Drop by and bee inspired! Join our direct email service to receive news and updates on everything that's happening in the garden.

Location & Hours of Operation

We're located in Town Centre Park (site map), north of Guildford Way on Pipeline Road (map). We're open to the public, dawn to dusk. The Garden offers programs and tours from March to October.

Program Guides – Online! 

View the program guides listed below or visit the Program Guides page for more information. 

What's Happening

The Mason Bees are Back!

Mason bee houseThe mason bees have returned to the garden thanks to the dedication of our volunteer beekeeper Pasquale.

Mason bees are solitary nesters who nest in small tubes (either man-made or naturally occuring) and rarely sting (in fact, males cannot sting at all). They are one of the earliest pollinators to emerge in the spring. The cocoons from the garden were collected and cleaned in late fall and stored over the winter (you can also purchase cocoons at a local garden centre in early spring). Make sure there are plenty of early blooming flowers within 100 metres of your location if you plan on raising mason bees this year!

Kids in the Garden: Wormy Workshop

Touch wiggly worms, learn about their body parts and discover what they eat! 6 – 8 years | Register Now!

Date: Thu, April 13
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Garden Basics: Seed Starting

This hands-on course covers everything you need to know about starting your own seeds and includes free seeds to take home. 16+ years | Register Now!

Date: Sat, April 22
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Garden Workshop: Salad Greens Planter

Create a beautiful and edible planter that will supply you with delicious and nutritious greens! 16+ years | Register Now!

Date: Fri, May 5
Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Garden U: Growing Food in the City

Discover how to grow your own food in this two part workshop. Participants will also make and take home a small planter. 11 – 15 years | Register Now!

Date: Fri, May 19 – 26
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

 

150th Celebration Garden Planting at Blue Mountain Park

The 13th Eagle Mountain Guides and 10th Coquitlam Beaver and Cub Scouts were awarded a 150th Celebration Garden, which consists of 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017.

The 150th Anniversary Celebration Garden is part of Canada’s Garden Route and will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary as well as the role of gardens in this history of Canada. Led by the Canadian Garden Council, in partnership with Vesey’s Blubs, Canada Post, Niagara Parks Commission and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.

The 150th Celebration Garden also features a replica of the Canadian Armed Forces Insignia Badge, which honours all elements of the CAF, including the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force. It is located at the corner of King Alberta Avenue and Veteran's Way in Blue Mountain Park. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities begin in April for the 2017 season. Attend an orientation session to get started!  We also have a youth volunteer program orientation session | 13 – 17 years. 

Inspiration Garden School Tours

Explore the garden, learn about its plants, and let us show you how a garden grows! Register your school class and attend one of our informative and interactive workshops. Workshop topics include:

  • Good bugs, Bad bugs;
  • Parts of the Plant;
  • Pollinator Power;
  • Life in the Soil;
  • Wormy Workshop;
  • Plant Life Cycles

 

Community Gardens

The City of Coquitlam oversees two community gardens (map) with plots available to rent on a yearly basis to Coquitlam residents (18 years +). The Coquitlam Community Gardens at the Inspiration Garden features 36 raised plots and the Scott Creek Community Gardens (located just above the Coquitlam Crunch Parking lot off of Lansdowne Drive) features 27 raised plots and 2 wheelchair accessible plots.

At this time, there are no garden plots available; however, if you would like to add your name to the waitlist, please complete and submit the online Garden Plot Request Form.

For more information:
Email: garden@coquitlam.ca