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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

Fitness and Yoga Multipasses

Wednesday, March 1 - Sunday, December 31

Attend classes whenever your schedule allows, without the risk of missing sessions due to illness or holidays. Want to try before you buy? Take your first class for FREE!

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New! Gentle Yoga (Fall)

Wednesday, September 20 - Wednesday, November 22 10:15 - 11:30 am

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, September 20 - Wednesday, November 29 12:00 - 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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School Garden Ecology Workshop

Friday, September 22 - Friday, February 23 2018 10 am - 3 pm

In this teacher Pro-D workshop, learn how to grow an ecologically-friendly school food garden by fostering relationships between soil, plants and animals.

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Yin Yoga and Meditation (Fall)

Monday, September 25 - Monday, November 20 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 (Fall)

Tuesday, September 26 - Tuesday, November 28 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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New! Indoor Vertical Gardens

Wednesday, September 27 6:30 - 9 pm

Explore living walls, window farms, and other vertical systems that add plenty of greenery to your home or office without taking up much space.

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New! Demystifying Colour - A Watercolour Workshop

Thursday, September 28 10 am - 2 pm

This class is all about colour mixing, using watercolour. Seeing colour is something you do every day – but how do you transfer this onto paper?

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Drawing Nature

Friday, September 29 - Friday, October 13 10 am - 12:30 pm

This three-part workshop is for everyone who finds inspiration in nature, and wants to improve their ability to capture the beauty or the detail through drawing.

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FULL - Natural Dyes from Your Garden

Saturday, September 30 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Explore the many beautiful colours you can derive from the “weeds” and flowers growing in your own garden, or even from some common kitchen compostables.

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New! Creative Photography Principles 2

Saturday, September 30 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Build upon your understanding of photography principles, such as the effects of speed and lighting.

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Permaculture: Food Forests

Sunday, October 1 10 am - 12:30 pm

Take a deeper look into the concepts of permaculture, and learn how to design and create a diverse garden that yields food and provides habitat.

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New! Herbs and Spices - from the World to your Home

Wednesday, October 4 6:30 - 9 pm

Coriander, caraway, fennel seed, mustard, mint, bay, garlic, basil – discover the global importance of these and other herbs and spices through a culinary and historical lens.

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Painting Fall with Watercolour

Thursday, October 5 - Thursday, November 2 10 am - 12:30 pm

Take a trip through painting, finding inspiration in the vibrant colours of fall foliage, blooms, and even squash in our fall series.

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New! Introduction to the World of Mushrooms

Wednesday, October 11 7 - 9 pm

Join experienced mycologists, Paul Kroeger and Sharmin Gamiet, for an evening focussing on local native species of mushrooms.

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Chigiri-e Paper Art: 'Fall' in Love

Thursday, October 12 - Thursday, October 19 1:30 - 4 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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Soil Lab for Gardeners

Saturday, October 14 10 am - 12:30 pm

Get a practical understanding of your soil with this workshop that combines lecture and hands-on lab activities using soil from participants’ gardens.

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New! Conifers of East Asia

Saturday, October 14 1:30 - 4 pm

Further your plant ID skills outside using the conifer collections at VanDusen.

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Fun with Ferns

Wednesday, October 18 6:30 - 9 pm

Ferns are graceful, dependable and low maintenance, and will thrive in most gardens. 

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FULL - Inspire Environmental Awareness in Your Students

Friday, October 20 10 am - 3 pm

In this interactive, fun and empowering workshop K-7 teachers will explore the common thread that connects sustainability leaders.

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Digital Photography Workshop in the Autumn Garden

Saturday, October 21 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Expand your photographic knowledge, technique, and understanding of a digital camera’s functionality to improve your photos while using the autumn Garden as your inspiration.

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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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Bitters: From Snake Oil to Artisanal Cocktails

Thursday, November 16 7 - 8:30 pm

Sip on cocktails made with local spirits while we explore some of the botanicals commonly used as bittering agents and discuss current uses in drinks to try at home.

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Holiday Watercolour Cards

Thursday, November 23 10 am - 2 pm

Paint your own unique watercolour greeting cards using poinsettia, holly and berries as your festive still life subjects.

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Festival of Lights Photography Workshop

Wednesday, December 6 3:00 - 8:30 pm

Develop your night time photography skills and have fun playing with light in the sparkling beauty of VanDusen’s Festival of Lights.

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Brain and Body Workout for Boomers and Beyond (Winter)

Tuesday, January 9 2018 - Tuesday, March 13 2018 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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Better Balance Workout for Seniors (Winter)

Wednesday, January 10 2018 - Wednesday, March 14 2018 12:00 - 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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Yin Yoga & Meditation (Winter)

Monday, January 15 2018 - Monday, February 26 2018 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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New! Gentle Yoga (Winter)

Wednesday, January 17 2018 - Wednesday, March 21 2018 10:15 - 11:30 am

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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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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Renovation Pruning

Saturday, February 24 2018 10 am - 2 pm

This course with long-time VanDusen gardener, Casey Werfl, takes a seasonal look at pruning, with focus on flowering shrubs, and renovation pruning.

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New! Designing for Lawn Replacement

Wednesday, February 28 2018 6:30 - 9 pm

Discover inspiring lawn-less designs and how to implement them in your own garden.

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