Events, Flora and Courses

Public art, lectures, seasonal blooms, family adventures and courses — there is always something happening at VanDusen. See what’s on now and coming up soon.

Events

ZimCarvings

Friday, June 16 - Saturday, September 30

VanDusen Botanical Garden welcomes ZimCarvings back this summer!

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Works by Anna Milton

Friday, June 30 - Wednesday, September 27 during library hours

In the Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre

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Works by Vicky Earle

Friday, September 15 - Saturday, December 30

Inspired by plant species found at the Bloedel Conservatory, “Duets” is a visual exploration of unique symbiotic relationships unfolding every day in rainforests around the world.

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Medicine Wheel Ceremony

Sunday, September 17 - Sunday, December 17 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

People from varying backgrounds and spiritual traditions are invited to gather to celebrate the beginning of a new season in a beautiful outdoors setting at VanDusen Garden.

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Preschool Storytime: Nature’s Stories for Young Children

Wednesday, September 27 - Wednesday, November 22 10:00 - 10:45 am

Takes place on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:00 to 10:45 am and includes reading, action songs and a craft project.

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Dried Flower Arrangers' Sale

Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1 1 pm - 4 pm

Dried Flower Arrangers’ Show and Sale — all items available for purchase!

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Plant Sale Potluck - Donations Needed!

Saturday, September 30 - Thursday, November 30

Do you have healthy plants that have expanded beyond your space, or you want to replace? We’ll take care of them!

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Bloom Calendar

Spring

Monday, March 20 - Tuesday, June 20

In spring the Garden is bursting with cheerful rhododendrons, stunning magnolias, delicate cherry blossoms and bloom-full camellias –  to mention a few…

Fall

Friday, September 22 - Thursday, December 21

Autumn colours are absolutely stunning at the Garden, and there are plenty of blooms still showing.

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Winter

Thursday, December 21 - Tuesday, March 20 2018

The winter Garden features muted colour palettes, stunning silhouettes and a scattering of colour with winter berries and blooms.

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Courses

New! Demystifying Colour - A Watercolour Workshop

Thursday, September 28 10 am - 2 pm

This class is all about colour mixing, using watercolour. Seeing colour is something you do every day – but how do you transfer this onto paper?

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Drawing Nature

Friday, September 29 - Friday, October 13 10 am - 12:30 pm

This three-part workshop is for everyone who finds inspiration in nature, and wants to improve their ability to capture the beauty or the detail through drawing.

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FULL - Natural Dyes from Your Garden

Saturday, September 30 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Explore the many beautiful colours you can derive from the “weeds” and flowers growing in your own garden, or even from some common kitchen compostables.

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New! Creative Photography Principles 2

Saturday, September 30 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Build upon your understanding of photography principles, such as the effects of speed and lighting.

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Permaculture: Food Forests

Sunday, October 1 10 am - 12:30 pm

Take a deeper look into the concepts of permaculture, and learn how to design and create a diverse garden that yields food and provides habitat.

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New! Herbs and Spices - from the World to your Home

Wednesday, October 4 6:30 - 9 pm

Coriander, caraway, fennel seed, mustard, mint, bay, garlic, basil – discover the global importance of these and other herbs and spices through a culinary and historical lens.

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Painting Fall with Watercolour

Thursday, October 5 - Thursday, November 2 10 am - 12:30 pm

Take a trip through painting, finding inspiration in the vibrant colours of fall foliage, blooms, and even squash in our fall series.

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