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! Drawing Vegetables

Friday, January 19 2018 10 am - 2 pm

This one-day workshop explores how to draw some seasonal vegetables: squash, root veggies, winter greens, and more!

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New! Essentials of Landscape Design

Wednesday, January 24 2018 - Wednesday, January 31 2018 6:30 - 9 pm

Spring is just around corner, so it’s time to start thinking about garden design.

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Botanical Illustration (Feb - Mar)

Friday, February 2 2018 - Friday, March 9 2018 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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Drawing Birds in the Conservatory

Saturday, February 10 2018 10 am - 3 pm

Whether it’s purely for the fun of drawing, or to strengthen observation skills for studying birds, learn how to capture the plain form and some essential features of birds with simple sketches.

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Veggies - What to Grow and When to Sow

Saturday, February 17 2018 10 am - 12:30 pm

For new (or always improving) vegetable gardeners, this course will cover the basics on what are the best veggies to grow in our climate, and how to successfully get started.

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New! Creative Photography: Tropical Textures

Saturday, February 17 2018 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Bring your camera as we hunt for tropical treasures that are waiting to be photographed.

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New! Spiral Herb Gardens: Easy, Efficient and Beautiful!

Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Learn how to set up your own spiral garden as an easy DIY project. The result is compact, accessible, thoughtful and aesthetically pleasing, making it a wonderful centrepiece in your garden.

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