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.

  • Sunday, September 21

    Medicine Wheel Ceremony

    The Medicine Wheel is a symbol of holistic teachings based on the cycles of nature. People from varying backgrounds and spiritual traditions are invited to gather to celebrate the beginning of a new season in a beautiful outdoors setting of VanDusen Botanical Garden.

    Drumming, singing, and prayers will be shared. The ceremony concludes with a pot-luck (the sharing of food).

    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location: Canadian Heritage Garden

    What to bring:

    • Clothing and gear appropriate for the weather (i.e. warm clothes, cool clothes, rain clothes, visor, hat, umbrella, sun screen, water, etc.)
    • Something to sit on as the ceremony is held outdoors and lasts 3 hours
    • A potluck item to share at the end of the ceremony as well as your own dishes and cutlery
    • A small stone or more to infuse with prayers into and to leave at the wheel

    Regular garden admission is charged for those participating in the ceremony. Free for Members.

    For more information, contact Marina Princz at 604-257-8668 or email

  • Thursday, September 25

    We Did It! Bubble Bash

    With a new roof comes a reason to celebrate! Join us at the We Did It! Bubble Bash on September 25th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Bloedel Conservatory.

    Hosted by the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association, tickets are on sale now: $95 for a single ticket or $150 for a pair, and can be purchased here or by calling 604-731-1604. Ticket price includes beer, wine, tropical-themed drinks, great food entertainment and free parking. Net proceeds benefit the VBGA's education and interpretive program at the Conservatory.

  • Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28

    Dried Flower Arrangers SALE

    Friday Sept 26, 2 - 4 p.m.
    Saturday Sept 27 & Sunday Sept 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    HSBC Arrival Hall, Visitor Centre

    Sale of dried flower topiaries, centrepieces, wreaths, bouquets and arrangements created with materials grown at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

  • Saturday, September 27

    Annual Soil and Bulb Sale

    10am to 3pm

    Soil Sale Location:
    Visitor Center Circular Drive Way

    $5 per 20 litre bag

    Red Label Top Soil
    from high grade organics and/or Brown Label Manure:  an essential organic mix which will stimulate and multiply the natural organisms of your soil

    Place your Pre-Order
    Pick up between Tuesday September 24th and Friday September 27th from 10am to noon

    Bulb Sale Location:
    Entrance Plaza off the parking lot
    Support the VBGA when you purchase Spectacular Spring Bulbs