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Winter

Monday, December 21 - Friday, March 19 2021

The winter Garden features muted colour palettes, stunning silhouettes and a scattering of colour with winter berries and blooms.

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Spring

Saturday, March 20 2021 - Sunday, June 20 2021

In spring the Garden is bursting with cheerful rhododendrons, stunning magnolias, delicate cherry blossoms and bloom-full camellias –  to mention a few…

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Summer

Sunday, June 20 2021 - Wednesday, September 22 2021

Summer in the Garden features vibrant colours and fragrant smells for our visitors to enjoy.

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Courses

Botanical Watercolour Series (ONLINE)

Thursday, October 15 - Thursday, October 29 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join Susan Pearson for a 3-week series on botanical watercolour. Each week you will focus on a single botanical specimen, and channel all your colours into the stem, leaves and flowers. With finer brushes, you can bring intricate reference materials to this workshop in order to create a realistic painting. Use your creativity to choose colours, while maintaining discipline in your portrayal of botanical pieces.

 

Fall Harvest: Preserving 101 (ONLINE)

Saturday, October 24 4.00pm - 5.15pm

Award-winning nutritionist and avid gardener Erin Levine will lead this class through a lecture and hands-on virtual demonstration, giving you the confidence to use what you’ve grown in your garden to prepare for the colder months ahead. Bring VanDusen into your kitchen, and learn about the techniques and nutritional benefits of fermenting your foods in this workshop.

Incense & Infusions DIY Demo (ONLINE)

Thursday, October 29 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Flower essences are used in holistic medicine to promote emotional and spiritual healing. Plant incenses stimulate a sense of calm in the brain, helping with mood stabilization, sleep, and digestion. Herbalist and educator Lori Snyder will lead an online demonstration of how to make your own flower essences and incenses from local plants of the Pacific Northwest. Leave this workshop with a greater connection to the earth-given ways of managing your deeper health and wellbeing.

Illustrating Fungi (ONLINE)

Saturday, October 31 10.00am - 12.00pm

Join Katharine Dickinson to illustrate fungi up close in this autumn workshop. Students will use a combination of watercolors for colour matching, blend the subtle color variations with wet-on-wet followed by dry brush techniques, adding colored pencil to create surface texture effects. Some experience with drawing and watercolour is recommended, lots of instructor guidance and step-by-step demonstrations.

Introduction to BC Conifers (ONLINE)

Saturday, November 14 10.00am - 11.30am

VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Sam Sivertz will introduce the basics of conifer identification, featuring BC native conifers. In this online lecture, learn key characteristics of the most common conifer families, and handy tips and tricks to recognize species seen around Vancouver in both urban and wild areas. Get a closer look at cones and needles under the (virtual) microscope and see their defining patterns and features. A Garden map will be provided to guide you to find these plants at VanDusen at your leisure (admission sold separately).