Joan Mara is framed in the Spirit Garden by roses in full bloom. The garden will host its annual Solstice Stroll event on June 20. (Tracy Holmes photo)

Annual Solstice Stroll to add glow in South Surrey on June 20

Event invites candles to be lit in memory of loved ones lost

While the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on countless events, an annual evening set aside to remember loved ones lost will go ahead as scheduled.

The Solstice Stroll and Candle Lighting – open from 7:30 p.m. on June 20 – invites anyone who would like to pay tribute to place a candle near plants that have been added to the South Surrey Spirit Garden in memory of a loved one.

“It’s been such an unusual year and this will be a nice little tradition to keep up,” said Joan Mara, whose vision more than a decade ago led to the garden’s creation on land in the 2800-block of 140 Street.

READ MORE: South Surrey’s Spirit Garden still growing

Taking root in 2009, the space has been transformed over the years into a place of colour and serenity. Every year, there is something new to see, and this year that includes a Guatemala-inspired ‘rebar hops trellis,’ a driftwood star sculpture, sweet pea towers and a rare, white bleeding heart planted by a local family in memory of their loved one.

Mara said the driftwood sculpture, placed next to a white flowering clematis, is branded with a star, and is a tribute to the teenage son of a woman who attended last year’s Solstice Stroll.

“She loved the garden,” Mara said Thursday (June 11). “The star was a favourite of her son’s because he liked the (NHL’s) Dallas Stars.”

The driftwood, Mara continued, is much like the boy was – “it’s got strength and height,” she said.

The bleeding heart is perhaps the newest addition to the garden, added just recently by a family whose “heart is still bleeding” over the loss of their son.

Mara does not expect social distancing to be an issue during the stroll. Those who turn out will be reminded of the importance of leaving space, and directed along a one-way path.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusSurreyWhite Rock

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Joan Mara stands near some of the peonies that recently bloomed in the Spirit Garden. The garden will host its annual Solstice Stroll event on June 20. (Tracy Holmes photo)

Comments are closed

Just Posted

BREAKING: Cloverdale McDonald’s employee tests positive for COVID-19

McDonald’s Canada immediately shut down the restaurant

Southridge students raise $5,600 for hospital meal program

GoFundMe campaign funds two months of meals at Peace Arch Hospital

Surrey kids get cooking during free SuperChefs camps pushed online by pandemic

‘Enthusiastic’ launch of program, which sees ingredient pickup at one local school

Court awards woman $143K for two Whalley rear-ender crashes, one by a bus

In both cases, Brigitte Bergeron’s vehicle was hit from behind while stopped at an intersection

Surrey RCMP searching for missing woman last seen in Crescent Beach

Milcah Kasomali-Chirumbwana last seen at 4:35 p.m. July 5 in the 12300-block of Beecher Street

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

Abbotsford school vice-principal accused of getting Instagram ‘confessions’ page shut down

@A.S.S.S.Confessions page claims school officials contacted families to find out person behind page

Recreational chinook openings leave First Nations frustrated on the Lower Fraser

Limited recreational openings for chinook on the Chehalis and Chilliwack rivers being questioned

Most Read

l -->