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.


Fraser River Estuary Important Bird Area: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, May 10 7:30 pm

What can be done to save this area? Can we live in harmony with the delta or will we continue to destroy it?

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Chinese Penjing Society of Canada - Exhibition & Sale

Saturday, May 13 - Sunday, May 14 10 am - 4:30 pm

Join the Chinese Penjing Society of Canada for their annual event.

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Bird Walk

Saturday, May 13 10 am - 12 pm

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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Bird Songs of the Boreal Forest: cradle for billions of songbirds

Saturday, May 13 2:00 - 3:30 pm

This presentation features the Boreal Forest and some of its inhabitants.

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All British Field Meet ABFM 2017

Saturday, May 20 9 am - 4:30 pm

The 32nd showing of the Greatest Show on British Wheels returns to VanDusen Botanical Garden on the Victoria Day weekend.

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VJGA Sumi Bonsai Club Show

Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 21 10 am - 4:30 pm

Join the VJGA Sumi Bonsai Club for their annual show.

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Desert Plant Society of Vancouver - Show & Sale

Saturday, June 10 - Sunday, June 11 10 am - 4 pm

Join the Desert Plant Society of Vancouver for their annual show.

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Bloom Calendar


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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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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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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New! How to Draw Plants

Thursday, April 20 - Thursday, May 11 1:30 - 4 pm

Improve your drawing skills for journaling, teaching, or pure enjoyment.

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Botanical Illustration

Friday, April 21 - Friday, May 26 10 am - 12:30 pm

This six-session course is ideal for anyone wishing to learn or improve upon a range of skills relating to botanical drawing.

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Better Balance Workout for Seniors

Wednesday, April 26 - Wednesday, May 3 12 - 12:45 pm

This is a gentle class for all levels, focused on balance and mobility for fitness and for preventing falls.

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Painting Spring with Watercolour

Thursday, April 27 - Thursday, May 25 10 am - 12:30 pm

Express the colours of the season through watercolour.

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New! Veggies on Your Patio

Saturday, April 29 1:30 - 4:30 pm

This class is perfect for urban gardeners who want to get started with growing veggies in containers, but need tips on where to begin.

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Yin Yoga & Meditation

Monday, May 1 - Monday, May 8 10:15 - 11:30 am

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that focuses on stimulating the connective tissues of the body with the intention of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.

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Brain and Body Workout for Boomers and Beyond

Tuesday, May 2 10:30 - 11:30 am

This class, designed by Kinesiologists and Occupational Therapists, is an evidence-based program to improve both physical and brain conditioning.

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