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Brush with Nature

Saturday, April 14 - Tuesday, June 26

The 4th Annual Vancouver plein air group exhibition of images painted onsite at VanDusen Garden.

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Back to Nature

Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 27

Back to Nature responds to Nato Velkov’s immersion into painting botanical subjects.

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Preschool Storytime: Nature’s Stories for Young Children

Wednesday, May 23 - Wednesday, November 28 10:00 to 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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May Bird Walk

Saturday, May 26 10 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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BARK - a closer look

Friday, June 1 - Sunday, July 29

Three artists emphasize the amazing textures, shapes and abstractions of a tree’s bark or ‘skin’.

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Desert Plant Society of Vancouver - Show & Sale

Saturday, June 9 - Sunday, June 10

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

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Pollinator Days - SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, June 13 - Thursday, June 14 10 am – 2 pm

A buzz-worthy field trip engaging students in their natural surroundings. 

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Bloom Calendar

Summer

Wednesday, June 20 - Thursday, September 20

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

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Fall

Saturday, September 22 - Friday, December 21

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

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Winter

Friday, December 21 - Wednesday, March 20 2019

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

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Courses

Spring/Summer 2018 Courses

Wednesday, February 14 - Friday, August 31

Our March – August course semester is currently in session. Check out all the offerings on our online store>>

New! Flow to Slow Yoga

Monday, May 14 - Monday, June 25 10:15 - 11:30 am

Join us for an energizing, relaxing yoga practice.

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Brain and Body Workout for Boomers and Beyond

Tuesday, May 15 - Tuesday, June 19 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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Gentle Yoga

Wednesday, May 16 - Wednesday, June 6 10:15 - 11:30

Start your day with this gentle yoga practice; relieve tension held in hips, spine and shoulders to deeply relax your body.

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Better Balance Workout for Seniors (Fall)

Wednesday, May 16 - Wednesday, June 20 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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Spring Evening Garden Stroll with a Gardener

Wednesday, May 23 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Enjoy the magic of VanDusen in the early evening with long-time staff gardener, Casey Werfl

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Bee ID Walk & Talk

Saturday, May 26 1:00 - 3:30 pm

There are more than 450 species of bees in BC! Walk with renowned bee expert, Brian Campbell, and explore the differences between mason bees, bumblebees, honeybees and more.

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Creative Photography Principles 1

Saturday, May 26 10:30 - 4:30 pm

Enjoy the beautiful setting of the Garden while you hone your photography skills.

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Seaweed Pressing Workshop: Preserving Seasonal Specimens

Sunday, May 27 - Sunday, July 8 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Learn to press and preserve gorgeous seaweeds in a variety of colours, textures and sizes.

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New! Botany and Birds Walk on Bowen

Sunday, May 27 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Explore Bowen Island’s botanical and ornithological diversity around Killarney Lake as you walk through mature secondary growth forest, shoreline and riparian communities, and along the boardwalk covering marsh and swamp.

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Drawing Flowers

Saturday, June 2 10 am - 4 pm

Improve your drawing skills and capture a realistic depiction of a flower.

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Creative Photography Principles 2

Saturday, June 2 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Build upon your understanding of photography principles, such as the effects of speed and lighting, while using traditional techniques such as black & white.

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Effective Photo Composition

Sunday, June 3 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sharpen your natural sense of composition during this in-depth workshop that will aid in creating immediate improvement in your photos.

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Drip Irrigation Systems: How to DIY

Wednesday, June 6 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

With climate change making our summers drier and longer, the need to water our plants in a responsible way is more important than ever.

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Get to Know Your Pollinators

Sunday, June 10 1 - 3:30 pm

Go beyond the bees and butterflies and discover the immense world of pollinators that can visit your garden!

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Enlighten Your Photos

Sunday, June 10 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Light eff ects are crucial to good photography

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Year-round Gardening with Succulents

Wednesday, June 13 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Succulents are very popular plants for good reason: they grow in a huge variety of gorgeous shapes and colours, can often be low-maintenance, and are drought tolerant.

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Practical Summer Pruning

Saturday, June 16 10:00 AM to 1:30 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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Edible Wall and Fence Gardens

Wednesday, June 20 6:30 - 9 pm

Sunlit walls and fences can be an ideal location to grow vegetables and herbs, even in high density areas.

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Watercolour Still-life Workshop

Thursday, June 21 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Practice your watercolour stil-life painting skills and learn how to improve your technique with professional artist and long-time instructor Susan Pearson.

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The Naturalist’s Journal: Botanical Drawing

Saturday, June 23 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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

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Acrylic Painting Workshop for Beginners: Floral Arrangement using Acrylic Skins

Sunday, June 24 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

These workshops provide all the supplies you need, along with step-by-step instruction by local artist Jane Saborio.

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Celebrate Summer Garden Stroll

Wednesday, June 27 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Spend a summer evening in VanDusen with Egan, exploring some of his favorite ‘hidden’ spots in the garden at this time of year.

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Summer Evening Perennial Walk

Wednesday, July 18 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Spend the evening outside in the Perennial and Black Gardens

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Gardening with Native Plants

Thursday, July 19 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

About 2,500 species of plants are native to BC! Many are naturally programmed to withstand rainy winters and dry summers, making them ideal additions to local gardens

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How Does your Organic Garden Grow?

Saturday, July 28 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

During this interactive course, taste and examine different samples of fresh home grown veggies such as beans, peas, carrots and beets while we explore best practices for a successful organic garden.

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Bumblebee ID and Nest Building Workshop

Saturday, August 11 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

This class will explore bumblebee ID, natural history of native bumblebees and how you can support them in an urban environment.

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Veggie Gardening for Year-round Harvest

Saturday, August 18 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of your edibles! Join Jennifer for an afternoon of learning what and how to plant for continuous harvest this winter, and discovering some of the best varieties of veggies for the cooler growing season.

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