Events Calendar

Events Calendar

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Current/Upcoming Events

  • Friday, June 20 - Tuesday, September 30

    Touch Wood Exhibition - HELD OVER

    VanDusen Botanical Garden, a place renowned for its collections of rare and endangered trees, celebrates the culture of wood with a very special art exhibit – Touch Wood.  Curated by Celia Duthie and Nicholas Hunt of the Duthie Gallery on Salt Spring Island, Touch Wood is a landmark exhibition of more than two dozen wood sculptures and installations by prominent B.C. artists such as Brent Comber, Michael Dennis, Alastair Heseltine and Martha Varcoe Sturdy to name but four of the more than 10 participants. As a reflection of VanDusen’s environmental mandate, all the pieces in the exhibit are constructed from wood that has been salvaged, recycled or scavenged.

    Large sculptures and installations will be sited within the Garden itself, allowing visitors to enjoy the pieces surrounded by the beauty of the natural settings. As with past exhibits, visitors’ experiences and perceptions of the art changes with each visit as the light and surrounding vegetation changes with the weather, time of day or season. “The environment becomes part of the show. Because of the placement of the art, people see and experience the Garden in a new way.”

    The show includes smaller indoor works exhibited in the Discovery Room of the Visitor Centre.

    Brent Comber                June 9 - July 8
    Paul Burke                    July 8  - August 6
    Richard Tetrault             August 6 - September 3
    Michael Dennis              September 3 - October 1

    Also in the Visitor Centre, and in partnership with the Craft Council of BC, the Garden Shop will feature a range of contemporary pieces made in wood by BC’s most skilled and creative wood turners, carvers and makers. Throughout the summer visitors will also be able to observe some of these artists working onsite.

    All the pieces, from monumental to minuscule, are for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to support VanDusen Botanical Garden’s activities and programs. Join us for an extraordinary exhibit that explores the roots of B.C.’s soul. For more information: Exhibition is free with admission to the garden.

  • Friday, June 27 - Tuesday, September 30


    GardenShop, VanDusen Visitor Centre

    Featuring works hand crafted by BC's most skilled and creative woodturners, carvers and makers, ShopWood will run in conjunction of TouchWood. ShopWood offers Garden visitors the opportunity to select wood craft to enjoy at home while supporting BC artists and the annual programs of the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association. 


    Daily until September 30th - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 24

    Adult and Child Photography Course

    10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Cost per parent/child pair: Member: $50 / Non-member: $65 (Additional people $30 each)

    Spend a summer morning in the Garden with your child, together learning how to compose better pictures using VanDusen as inspiration. This class will cover the essential basics of photography including the “rule of thirds” and “fill the frame” concepts, how to remove distractions from the image, the effects of light, how to steady the camera, and discovering different angles to shoot from.

    The class will include an indoor demonstration of techniques, and plenty of time outside taking pictures with the instructor nearby for assistance. Bring a snack and prepare for the weather.

    TO REGISTER: Call 604-718-5898. All voice messages will be answered as soon as possible during office hours (Tues-Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

  • Saturday, July 26 - Sunday, July 27

    B.C. Fuchsia and Begonia Society Annual Show and Competition

    Floral Hall and Cedar Room, Admin Bldg. and outside area
    Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Admission: $2 per person
    Information: Frances Carter 604-591-3262 or 778-846-3261 / 

  • Thursday, July 31 - Monday, August 4

    The Sculptors’ Society of BC Summer Exhibition

    10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in the Stanley Smith Rock Garden and Phyllis Bentall Garden. Enjoy striking sculptures in a lush garden setting at the Sculptors’ Society of BC's 38th Anniversary Exhibition. Diversity is the hallmark of the Society, with sculptures in a variety of styles and range of materials - from metal and lead crystal to glass to wood, marble and terra cotta. This is a rare opportunity to see works by internationally renowned artists in their home province. Daily demonstrations at 10:00 a.m. – noon; noon – 4:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Exhibition is free with Admission or Membership to the Garden. More info:, or

    Opening Reception Thursday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m.  Public is welcome, Admission or Membership to the Garden is required.

  • Monday, August 11 - Thursday, August 14

    Summer Camp - Bogs to Beaches

    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Members $255 / Non-members $275
    Ages: 8 - 11

    This camp will meet at VanDusen and go offsite. Fee includes a t-shirt and water bottle.

    Explore the beaches, bogs, gardens and forests found in the heart of our super, natural city. With our home-base at VanDusen Botanical Garden, we’ll also visit UBC’s Greenheart Canopy Walkway, Stanley Park, the Bloedel Conservatory, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Camosun Bog. We’ll practice citizen science, build ‘crabitats’, learn about carnivorous plants and study tropical birds. Join us for an awesome week of science on-the-go!

    TO REGISTER: Call 604-718-5898. All voice messages will be answered as soon as possible during office hours (Tues-Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)