About Reader Rock Garden, Calgary
Superintendent of the City of Calgary’s Parks Department from 1913-1943, William Reader, created the “rockery” on the steep north slope of Cemetery Hill , now known as the Reader Rock Garden. The Reader Rock Garden was built from 1922-1929. As time passed by, the garden and the house fell into ruins. The city of Calgary restored it by 2006 and earned an official designation as a Provincial Historic Resource.
Rehabilitated according to Reader’s original plans, the garden blooms from mid-March to mid-November. A replica of the Reader home has been built and this Arts and Crafts style house features a café, Reader’s Garden Café. and classroom space for educational programs.- Source calgary.ca & calhort.org
What to do at the Reader Rock Garden?
Things to do at Reader Rock Garden
It is a lovely garden with walkways and benches; so enjoy the blooms, and the small animals in the garden.
Enjoy Brunch/ Lunch at The Reader garden cafe.
Who all can go and enjoy ? – Everybody.
How to get to Reader Rock Garden?
Location & directions to Reader Rock Garden
It’s located south of the Stampede grounds and near the Union cemetery on Macleod at 325 25 Ave. S.E. The Reader rock garden is accessible by Calgary transit route 10, stop no. 6797.
GPS location: 51.030525,-114.058662/+51° 1′ 49.75″, -114° 3′ 33.37″
How long will it take to see Reader Rock Garden?
Time Required to Visit Reader Rock Garden – Half an hour to two hours depending on interest.
How much to visit Reader Rock Garden ?
Admission fee Reader Rock Garden
Admission – Free
When to visit Reader Rock Garden ?
Hours/timing Reader Rock Garden
Dawn to dusk.
What about Amenities, Access & at Parking Reader Rock Garden ?
The public washrooms are accessible from the west side of the house into the basement (side door of house by the main lawn).
Public parking is only available on the west side of the Garden; access is from 25 Ave. S.E. Bus groups also must get down here.
Very limited wheel chair access. Wheelchair access is located east of the house/café.
No dogs allowed.