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

UP-CLOSE presented by Vancouver en-plein-air Group

Thursday, March 30 - Tuesday, June 27

New exhibition in the library features artwork zoomed in on nature.

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Preschool Storytime: Nature’s Stories for Young Children

Wednesday, April 26 - Wednesday, June 28 10:00 - 10:40 am

Every 4th Wednesday of the month in the Library

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Mainly Vancouver - Work By Michael Kluckner

Saturday, April 29 - Sunday, May 28 During Garden Hours

Michael Kluckner’s first local exhibition in 11 years includes watercolours from his books about Vancouver, chiaroscuro woodcuts and drawings of people and places, and oil paintings exploring new territory.

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Bird Walk

Saturday, April 29 10 am

Take a guided tour through VanDusen and learn about the native bird species that make their home in the garden.

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Vancouver African Violet & Gesneriad Society Show & Sale

Saturday, May 6 1 - 4 pm

Join the Vancouver African Violet & Gesneriad Society for their annual show and sale.

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Vancouver Bird Week Bird Walk

Saturday, May 6 9 am - 11 am

Enjoy a guided tour at VanDusen Botanical Garden, seeking out the bird species that make their home in this beautiful, 22-hectare garden.

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Rain Barrel and Backyard Composter Sale

Sunday, May 7 10 am - 3 pm

The Rain Barrel Truck Load Sale is Back!  And we’ve added Backyard Composters!

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Bloom Calendar

Summer

Tuesday, June 20 - Wednesday, September 20

Summer in the Garden features vibrant colours and fragrant smells for our visitors to enjoy.

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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! Plants for Interest and Pizzazz in your Garden

Wednesday, May 31 6:30 - 9 pm

Learn how to design with diverse combinations of colours and patterns to add playful and bold features to your garden.

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Designing for Scent in the Garden

Wednesday, June 7 6:30 - 9 pm

Learn how to incorporate fragrance from plants into your outdoor entertaining space, or entrance way.

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New! Edible Wall and Fence Gardens

Thursday, June 8 6:30 - 9 pm

Learn which vertical gardening methods are most suitable for edibles.

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New! Watercolour: Focus on Flowers

Thursday, June 8 - Thursday, June 22 10 am - 12:30 pm

Express the natural beauty of flowers through watercolour.

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Summer Pruning

Saturday, June 10 10 am - 2 pm

Take a seasonal look at pruning and learn why, where, and how to cut plants, and how they will respond.

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*NEW DATE* Introduction to Bird Watching

Sunday, June 11 10 am - 12:30 pm

Join VanDusen’s long-time birding guide, Jeremy Gordon, for the basics on bird watching.

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Herbs for Every Season

Wednesday, June 14 6:30 - 9 pm

Learn how to get the most out of herbs.

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