Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre

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Library hours
Monday to Friday: 9:30 am to 4:15 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
(Closed weekends in July & August)

Founded in 1976, and relocated to the new Visitor Centre in 2011, the Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre is the largest public access botanical and horticultural library in western Canada.

  • +About the Library

    The library’s collection focuses on gardening in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, and covers a wide range of topics including gardening techniques, selecting and growing ornamental plants, native floras from around the world, vegetable and herb gardening, pruning and training, North American ethnobotany, butterfly gardening, native plant gardening, flower arrangement, plant hunters, garden history, pests and diseases, garden design, gardens to visit, horticulture in urban environments, botany and plant ecology, plant conservation, literature in the garden, garden art, organic gardening, environmental science and much more.

    The Yosef Wosk Library and Resource Centre’s research collection complements the living resources of VanDusen Botanical Garden. In addition to our collection, you can enjoy regular community events hosted at the library.

  • +Roberta Mickelson Gallery Exhibitions

    “Art in VanDusen Botanical Garden” is an annual exhibition by the Vancouver Plein Air Group.

    This exhibition explores the many sculptures that enhance one’s stroll throughout VanDusen Botanical Garden.

    Twelve painters from this group have rendered, in different mediums, the sculptural works by Canadian and international artists such as George Lundeen, Gerhard Class, Sophie Ryder, Chris Booth, David Ruben, Steve Paterson and Janis Woode, Michael Prentice, Arthur Sterritt, Earl and Brian Muldoe, Gerhard Juchum and David Marshall. The exhibition will also include a reproduction by Andrea del Verrachio and a small rendition of the VanDusen Visitor Centre.

    This display of Vancouver painters celebrates the art of others.

    The exhibition will runs to December 18, 2019.


  • +Book Club

    Are you a VBGA member? If so, come join our friendly group on the 4th Tuesday of the month (except in July, August and December) from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. in the Visitor Centre’s Volunteer Lounge. The Book Club has been meeting since 2008.

    Discussions focus on an eclectic variety of topics related loosely to nature, gardening, botany, history, art and literature.

    For the months when a topic (rather than a single book) has been selected, members are asked to choose from among the suggested books or to find their own if no particular suggestions have been made.

    For more information and to get on our mailing list, contact Marina Princz at library@vandusen.org or at 604-257-8668.

    Download the 2020 VanDusen Book Club Reading List