Seaweed Pressing Workshop: Preserving Botanical Specimens

Saturday, May 23 10.30am - 12.30pm

VBGA Members: $54 | Non Members: $60

In this popular workshop, learn to press and preserve gorgeous seaweeds in a variety of colours, textures and sizes. We will identify some common West Coast species, learn how to ethically collect your harvest, and store it. Create three mounted specimens in a DIY plant press to take home.

Instructor: Dana Mulder.


BC Bee Walk

Sunday, May 24 1.00pm - 3.30pm

VBGA Members: $31.50 | Non Members: $35

There are more than 450 species of bees in BC! Walk with renowned bee expert, Brian Campbell, and identify differences between mason bees, bumblebees, honeybees and more. Walking around the rich bee habitat of VanDusen, you will observe bee biology and behaviour, such as foraging, nest types and locations, interactions, and pollination mechanisms.

Instructor: Brian Campbell.


Holistic Plant Walk with a Métis Herbalist

Sunday, May 24 10.00am - 12.00pm

VBGA Members: $27 | Non Members: $30

Come and explore the Garden as you discover indigenous ways of knowing with Métis herbalist and educator Lori Snyder. As you learn to identify wild, native and medicinal plants, you come to understand the role of these as food, medicine, and shelter for all species. Find out how to best use these plants, when to harvest and what can be made with them. While acquiring a deeper appreciation for the plants growing around us, we remember our responsibility, develop relationship, learn reciprocity, build respect and open ourselves up to reverence for our living world.

Instructor: Lori Snyder.


Acrylic Painting Workshop for Beginners: Floral Bouquets

Sunday, May 31 9.00am - 12.00pm

VBGA Members: $63 | Non Members: $70

These workshops provide all the supplies you need, along with step-by-step instruction by local artist Jane Saborio. Learn to paint with a semi-abstract expressionist technique using acrylic skins to create a unique and energetic painting. You will finish each workshop with a completed painting to take home. If you’ve always wanted to try painting with acrylics or get back into it, but don’t want to invest in supplies quite yet, these workshops are for you!

Instructor: Jane Saborio.