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

FULL - Winter Pruning

Saturday, October 21 10 am - 2 pm

During this seasonal look at pruning, join VanDusen gardener, Casey Werfl, for an overview of the fundamentals of pruning, and specifics on tree and shrub structure.

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Botanical Illustration (Oct-Dec)

Friday, October 27 - Friday, December 1 10 am - 12:30 pm

Learn how to draw plants from an aesthetic and botanical perspective while improving your observation and artistic skills.

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New! Enjoy Microgreens and Sprouts all Winter

Saturday, November 4 10 am - 12:30 pm

Microgreens and sprouts are delicate, young plants that are harvested while tiny and tasty. Learn how to enjoy them all year at home.

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New! Ethnobotany Walk in the Tropics

Tuesday, November 7 10:30 - 11:45 am

Come up to Bloedel Conservatory for a walk through a warm mini rainforest, led by Education Director, Gillian Drake.

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New! Great Herbal Gifts for the Holidays

Wednesday, November 8 6:30 - 9 pm

Looking for that perfect homemade gift from the garden? Join Claire for an evening of discovering gift ideas for everyone on your list!

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Easy-to-Grow Native Plants

Wednesday, November 15 6:30 - 9 pm

With close to 3,000 species of plants native to BC, there is something beautiful and easy to grow for every home garden.

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Chigiri-e Paper Art: Die Winterreise

Thursday, November 16 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form using pieces of hand-dyed washi paper to create beautiful and detailed images.

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