Truffles' Summer Gourmet Picnic

Wednesday, June 16 - Sunday, August 29

This summer Truffles Fine Foods Catering will host a gourmet 4-course picnic experience at VanDusen Botanical Garden .

Situated in the beautiful surrounds of the Garden, the menu reflects inspiration of Italian alfresco dishes, with modern plant-based options.

VBGA Member discount available!

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Medicine Wheel Ceremony

Sunday, June 20 12.00pm - 3.00pm

We are pleased to welcome you back to the first in-person Medicine Wheel Ceremony in over a year!

Please note: Provincial Health Guidelines will be strictly followed to keep us all safe.

Registration is required and spots will be limited to 18 people.

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June Speaker Series

Tuesday, June 29 6.30pm - 7.30pm

The Garden as Museum:
A Brief History of the Accession Tag

Presenter: Víctor Ballesteros

Víctor will present a brief history of the likeness between botanical gardens and cultural institutions such as museums and art galleries.

By focusing on VanDusen Botanical Garden’s use of display labels and accession tags he will discuss how practices such as classification, naming, collecting, and archiving are inscribed in the experience visitors have of the garden and are central to both scientific and cultural institutions alike.


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Bloom Calendar


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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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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Tuesday, December 21 - Saturday, March 19 2022

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

Download the March Bloom Guide here!
Copies also available at the Garden.


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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 (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).