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Become a VBGA Member - Enjoy the Perks!

Friday, February 16 - Tuesday, December 31

đź’šIf your 2024 goal is less screen time and more green time, consider picking up a VBGA membership for the year!

With a membership you can visit VanDusen Garden AND Bloedel Conservatory as often as you like, finding new treasures throughout the seasons.

Every visit reveals something new, and with a membership, you can explore often!

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Royal BC Museum in collaboration with VanDusen Botanical Garden – Community Conversations

Thursday, February 29 6:00pm

We Want to Hear From You!

Join us for a community conversation to explore the future of the Royal BC Museum and how museums & public gardens across the province can be more responsive, representative, welcoming, and inclusive for all visitors.

Through a collaborative process, we will dive deeper into the key themes and questions museums and VanDusen Botanical Garden are exploring as they evolve along with our society. Our intention is to engage actively, welcome feedback, build meaningful relationships, and hear from diverse voices and perspectives. Light refreshments will be served.

Pre-Registration is required to reserve your admission to this free event.

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2024 Horticulture Shows & Events

Friday, March 1 - Saturday, November 2

2024 Horticulture Shows & Events

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Spring Break Camps at VanDusen

Monday, March 18

Our Spring Break Camps are a carefully crafted blend of science, exploration, games and crafts that give children the opportunity to learn and play throughout the beauty of VanDusen Botanical Garden!

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Vancouver Orchid Society Show & Sale

Saturday, March 23 - Sunday, March 24 9.00am - 3.00pm

The Vancouver Orchid Society’s 2024 Show & Sale takes place March 23 & 24.

March 23: 9:00am – 5:00pm
March 24: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Admission: $8 adults or $10 for a 2 day pass, $6 student/senior or $9 for 2 days

To learn more email ingrid.pike@outlook.com

*Garden admission not included. Book online and save, or purchase at the Admission Desk upon arrival.

Alpine Garden Club of BC: Spring Show & Sale

Saturday, April 6 12.00pm - 3.00pm

The Alpine Garden Club of BC Spring Show & Sale takes place in the Floral Hall and Cedar Room at VanDusen Botanical Garden on Saturday April 6th, 12.00pm – 3.00pm.

Admission: Free

For more information contact Laura Caddy at president@agc-bc.ca

*Garden admission not included. Book online and save, or purchase at the Admission Desk upon arrival.

Vancouver Dahlia Society; Tuber Sale

Saturday, April 20 10.00a.m. - 3.00pm

The Vancouver Dahlia Society 2024 Tuber Sale takes place in the Floral Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden on April 20, 10.00am – 3.00pm.

Admission: By Donation

For more information contact Peter Krueger; vancouverdahliasociety@gmail.com

*Garden admission not included. Book online and save, or purchase at the Admission Desk upon arrival.

Bloom Calendar

Spring

Monday, March 20 2023 - Wednesday, June 21 2023

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

Wednesday, June 21 2023 - Friday, September 22 2023

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

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Fall

Saturday, September 23 2023 - Thursday, December 21 2023

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

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Winter

Thursday, December 21 2023 - Sunday, March 24

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

 

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Courses

Winter Plant ID: Native Shrubs & Trees

Saturday, February 24 10.00am - 12.00pm

When seasons change and plants lose their leaves, it may seem like a dull and sleepy time of year— but there is much to observe and get excited about the outdoors!

In this session, we will begin with an indoor lecture where you will learn the basics of winter plant identification, including key traits and terms. The second part of the class will be an outdoor walk around the garden, where we will stop and observe the interesting features of various native shrubs and trees.

Hand Felted Succulents

Saturday, March 9 10:00am - 1:00pm

Wool+Water+Agitation=Magic!

In this introduction to wet felting workshop, you will learn how to make a soft sculptural hand-felted succulent. Starting with a 2D flat layout of fibres, wetting it down, agitating it or felting it until it becomes a material, cutting it, fulling it and sculpting it into a 3D succulent.

You will be given different shaping and finishing options. Felting tools and fibre supplies provided.

Botanical Illustration Series

Wednesday, March 13 - Wednesday, April 17 10:00am - 1:00pm

Join local artist Katharine Dickinson for an introduction to depicting and representing plants’ character, form and colour. Explore how to draw plant subjects from the garden accurately while enhancing your observation and artistic skills in this six-session series.

In this beginner Botanical Illustration series, master the essential observational drawing techniques through engaging exercises such as gesture, contour, and volume line drawing. Learn methods for measuring dimensions, understanding foreshortening, and incorporating perspective to create realistic plant drawings.

Navigating Veggie Problems for Vibrant Gardens (Online)

Thursday, March 14 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Are you tired of facing setbacks in your vegetable garden? Eager to cultivate your own produce but unsure where to begin?

Join us for an enlightening session on the fundamentals of vegetable cultivation and how to overcome common challenges. This discussion is perfect for beginners and will provide essential guidance and a detailed exploration of typical issues. Elizabeth will equip you with the tools to enhance your success and the knowledge to address any hitches along the way.

Invasive Species: What They Are and How to Identify Them

Saturday, March 16 1:00pm - 3:00pm

If you’ve ever wondered which invasive plants live in your neighbourhood and local parks, and how to differentiate between invasive, non-native plants and our native ones this class is for you!

In this class join us for a walk around VanDusen Garden and learn about the impact of invasive species on our environment. Gain practical knowledge on how to identify, prevent, and manage them in your own green spaces.

We all have a part to play in maintaining biodiversity in our region!

Speaker Series: Acoustic Traditions of Whales (Online)

Thursday, March 21 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Presenter: Janie Wray, CEO and lead researcher for BC Whales, has studied the acoustic traditions and culture of whale behaviour for the last 24 years

This presentation will examine the acoustic traditions and culture of Orca, Humpback and Fin Whales along the coast of British Columbia. It will include a discussion on the importance of sound, a quiet ocean for whales, and the different technologies being used to record and better understand the habitat, use, and communication of whales.

Introduction to Native Plants and Meadowscaping (Online)

Thursday, March 28 - Thursday, April 4 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for an exciting two-part series on native plants and their benefits, led by Abigail Hyde from Satinflower Nurseries.

In the first session, explore the difference between native and invasive plants, understanding the crucial role of preserving native species. Abby will cover common plant families and identification tips and showcase local Vancouver Island species as ecocultural case studies, highlighting their resilience against seasonal changes.

The second session focuses on transforming properties, large or small, into native meadows, providing habitats for urban wildlife. Abby will guide you through grass removal, seeding and planting strategies, timing, expectations, and maintenance tips, equipping you with the tools to start your own meadow in areas like lawns, boulevards, and community gardens.

Ivy Basket Weaving

Saturday, March 30 10.00am - 12.00pm

Discover the art of crafting baskets and trivets from invasive English ivy. In this hands-on experience, you will learn all the steps of collecting, preparing and weaving ivy.

Enjoy refreshments while you connect with fellow participants. You’ll leave with your very own completed ivy creation. No experience is necessary; all materials are provided.

April Intro to Birding

Saturday, April 6 10:00am - 12:30pm

Long-time VanDusen birding guide Jeremy Gordon is back on-site with this seasonal favourite! During this introductory level class, he will discuss the best birding resources, such as binoculars and field guides, share tips on identifying local & migratory birds, and highlight hot birding spots around Vancouver. Following a one-hour classroom presentation, Jeremy will take you for a walk to look for some of the 106 species of birds in the Garden.

The class is designed for aspiring and beginner bird watchers to help build a foundation of knowledge and gain confidence to get out and go birding this spring.

Spring Intro to Pacific Northwest Mushrooms (Online)

Thursday, April 11 6:30 - 8:30pm

Springtime offers new opportunities for mushroom enthusiasts. With regular showers and warming soil, mushrooms show up with increasing frequency in both urban areas and forests alike.

This class is an excellent introduction to mushroom foraging. It includes the basics of how mushrooms work, why they are critical to healthy ecosystems, where to find them, the basics of identification, and some common poisonous species.

Chigiri-e Paper Art Series

Friday, April 19 - Friday, April 26 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form that uses pieces of hand-dyed washi paper to create beautiful and detailed images. The result resembles a watercolour painting with a delicate texture.

In this hands-on, creative art two-session workshop, you will practice handcrafting skills, learn step-by-step Chigiri-e paper techniques and create two art pieces. Supplies included.

Bird Photography 101

Saturday, April 20 9.00am - 1.00pm

Located on the Pacific Flyway migratory route, the Vancouver area attracts millions of migratory birds yearly. With such an incredible abundance of birds, it is no surprise that the parks in the region are also popular with photo enthusiasts and bird lovers, who visit from near and far.

Join wildlife photographer Liron Gertsman for an in-depth bird photography workshop, going over tips, tricks and techniques for bird photography that can be applied regardless of your camera of choice, smartphones included.

Intro to Qigong Series

Monday, April 29 - Monday, May 20 11:00am - 12:00pm

Join Anita Wong of the YS Traditional Chinese Medicine & Martial Arts College for an introduction to Qigong. Qigong is a meditation in motion and a simple but effective system to enhance overall health and fitness. This exercise incorporates breathing techniques with body movements and directs energy throughout the meridians.

Through this four-session course, you will relax the body and mind, strengthen bones, enhance balance, and improve blood circulation. This series is suited for beginners and experienced students, with easy-to-follow steps and deep relaxation. Class starts with Qigong practice, followed by some Taichi steps to close.