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Monday, March 1 - Wednesday, March 31

Recorded Presentation: Page Dickey: Uprooted

From the comfort of your own home, be an armchair traveler to the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
At your leisure, let renowned garden writer and designer Page Dickey take you on a journey of garden reinvention in her 45-minute recorded presentation for the VBGA on her new book, Uprooted. Viewers of this literary webinar are eligible for a discount on the book Uprooted from the VBGA Library. Learn more!

Guardians of the Garden: Bee Strong Challenge

Friday, March 12 - Monday, April 5

Suitable for ages 4 – 10

Help us build a kinder environment for our hardworking pollinators by becoming a VanDusen Guardian of the Garden. Join us this spring for the Bee Strong Challenge to learn more about our pollinator friends, and how we can do our part to protect them. Complete the Bee Strong Challenge and collect your Bee Strong badge and reward for your hard work!

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Spring Equinox Gathering

Sunday, March 21 12:00pm - 1:30pm

If you ever wondered what VanDusen’s Medicine Wheel Ceremony is about but never made it to an in-person celebration, this is your opportunity to participate in an online ceremony through Zoom!

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March Online Speaker Series: The Early Days of Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, March 23 6:30 - 7:30pm

Presented by: Tim van den Boog

Learn about the history of botanical gardens in Europe, why they were founded, and how the early botanists created their plant collections. Tim will discuss early gardens, famous botanists and some interesting plants!

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Spring Soil Sale Cancelled

Thursday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 28

Due to current restrictions the Spring Soil Sale is cancelled.

Cancelled: 2021 VanDusen Plant Sale

Sunday, April 25

It is with great regret that we, the VanDusen Plant Sale committee have decided once again to cancel the 2021 VanDusen Plant Sale.

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Bloom Calendar

Spring

Saturday, March 20 - Sunday, June 20

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 - Wednesday, September 22

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

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Fall

Wednesday, September 22 - Tuesday, December 21

Autumn colours are absolutely stunning at the Garden, and there are plenty of blooms still showing.

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Courses

Illustrating Birds (Online)

Tuesday, March 9 - Tuesday, March 16 6:00pm - 8:00pm

This illustration course will bring the fun of drawing to the world of birds. Strengthen your observation skills for studying birds, while developing your illustration skills. In the first class of this 2-part series, capture the plain form and essential bird features with simple sketches. In the second class, explore adding touches of watercolour to your drawing. After this course, you’ll have the confidence to bring your sketchpad out to the park, or to VanDusen Garden, or Bloedel Conservatory, and connect to birdwatching through art.

Botany of Bud (Online)

Saturday, March 20 10:00am - 11:30am

In this workshop, Cannareps Headmaster Adolfo Gonzalez joins the VBGA community to provide an introductory class on the botany of Cannabis. Learn the basics of speciation and the morphological differences between plants. Adolfo’s instruction will feature bud dissection and a lesson in their key components. This class will investigate trichomes under an electronic microscope, and give participants a better understanding of the active and biochemical components of cannabis. Must be 19+ to attend.

A Story of Wild Plant Medicines (Online)

Thursday, March 25 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join Indigenous Herbalist Lori Snyder as she weaves the stories of wild plants and shares the ways our ancestors gathered them for food and medicine. Learn to identify the most common wild plants (weeds) that grow in your backyard or local parks, and tap into the wisdom of their teachings. In this session, you are invited to turn off your screen to listen and discover for yourself who is growing around you that may be helpful for your health and the health of other species living with us.

Watercolour Landscapes (Online)

Thursday, April 1 11:00am - 1:00pm

Revel in West Coast scenery by learning to paint watercolour landscapes in this workshop with Susan Pearson. Whether you’re painting an ocean or mountain scene, or adding a focused subject in the foreground layer, this class will help you learn the necessary techniques to express scenic beauty. Instruction and demonstration will cover techniques such as wet-into-wet washes, lifting colour off the page, and timing layers of colour.  Recordings of classes will be available for a limited time to registered participants.

Botanical Illustration Level 1: Part 2 (Online)

Wednesday, April 7 - Wednesday, April 21

Learn how to draw plants from an aesthetic and botanical perspective while improving your observation and artistic skills. This 3-session course is ideal for those with some drawing experience, and will focus on drawing with pen and ink. Instructor Katharine Dickinson will guide students through scale and perspective, accurate line and shape, tonal variation, and detail techniques. Online education includes presentations, live front view, and overhead demonstrations. Recordings of classes will be available for each week.

Get Started with Vegetable Gardening (Online)

Saturday, April 10 10:00am - 11:30am

Avoid the common mistakes of vegetable gardening, and learn the basics. Join Farmer and Educator Jess Henry of Farmers on 57th to simplify your approach, and focus on growing what you’d like to harvest and eat. In this workshop for beginners, learn best practices for vegetable selection, planting, and maintenance tips like watering, amendments, fertilizers, and soil. Whether you’re gardening in containers, your backyard, or a large plot, this class will teach you when, where and how to start your seeds, and begin preparing your garden site plan.

Grow your Own Cut Flowers (Online)

Saturday, April 17 10:00am - 11:30am

In this workshop with flower farmer Jess Henry of Farmers on 57th, learn how to plan and plant a patch of flowers that will provide a rotating selection of easy-to-grow blooms. Time your planting for ongoing blooms, and learn the basics of arrangement principles. Whether you’re incorporating your flower garden into your perennial patch or framing your veggie garden, you will gain a foundation in flower-specific selection and varieties. For those with basic gardening skills, this class will encourage you to consider colour, texture, bloom timing, and more, as you plan your flower plot. Join the local, seasonal flower movement and grow flowers from your garden to your table.

Deciduous Tree Identification (Online)

Tuesday, April 27 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Botanist Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed joins the VBGA to teach about deciduous tree identification. Participants will learn about native species and common cultivated species that can be found in VanDusen Botanical Garden, and around the Lower Mainland. Learn key characteristics of the most common deciduous tree families, and how to recognize them in urban and wild environments. A Garden map will be provided to guide you to find highlighted plants in VanDusen Botanical Garden at your leisure (admission sold separately).