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.

  • Saturday, August 23 - Sunday, August 24

    Vancouver Dahlia Society Dahlia Show

    Floral Hall and Cedar Room, Admin Bldg.
    Saturday: 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 3:30 p.m. Admission by donation
    Information: Betty Girard 604-431-8611 / or
    Richard Zuk 604-294-0237 / 

  • Saturday, August 30

    ShopWood Artist Demo: Ed Pretty

    Ed Pretty works almost exclusively with local woods—and if not native, at least grown locally. He enjoys creating art from wood that most people would put in the fireplace. Stop by the Garden for a rare opportunity to watch Pretty demonstrate his craft.

    Time: Between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Beside the Glass House, VanDusen Botanical Garden

    Click here for the complete list of ShopWood artists.

  • Saturday, September 6 - Sunday, September 7

    Luxury and Supercar Weekend

    11am to 5pm on the Great Lawn

    For its fifth year in Canada, the Nation's finest outdoor automotive lifestyle event will be showing new Luxury, Supercars & Concours car collectibles. Guests have the chance to view automobiles that have only been displayed at Concours Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Villa d'Este Concorso d’Eleganza. The centre of the event takes place on the manicured Great Lawn of VanDusen Botanical Garden, offering the perfect backdrop for a "Garden Party" atmosphere.  With a high profile guest list, entertainment, luxury hospitality tents, luxury retailer displays and fall fashion shows presented by Oakridge Centre, food and beverage provide by Blue Water Cafe, Cin Cin, West and Thierry, Luxury & Supercar Weekend and the Canadian Concours d’Elegance, it has become the most anticipated lifestyle and fashionable automotive event on the Vancouver fall social calendar.

    For Admission Pricing and purchase, please go to  
    Facebook:  @LuxurySupercar
    Twitter: #LSWvan
    Instagram: LuxurySupercarWeekend

    VanDusen Members receive $10 off Admission when you show your valid membership card at the Gate.

  • Saturday, September 13 - Sunday, September 14

    Pt. Grey Chrysanthemum Association Early Varieties Show

    Floral Hall, Admin Bldg.
    Saturday: 12 - 4 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Admission by donation
    Information: Elaine Graham 604-277-6429