Fall Adult Education at VanDusen

Friday, September 1 - Sunday, December 31

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and nature is putting on a spectacular show – it’s the perfect time to explore the great outdoors and deepen your connection with the natural world.

Our Fall Adult Education Nature Classes are back, and we invite you to embark on an enriching journey of discovery and learning this autumn.

Why choose our Fall Adult Education Gardening Classes?
✔️Experienced Instructors
✔️Hands-On Learning

Browse our fall course offerings here!
🍁Discounted rates available for VBGA Members.

Discover our Online Courses!

Wednesday, October 18 - Tuesday, March 19 2024

Access the wonder of the natural world no matter where you are!

Did you know, we provide high-quality online education classes, helping nature lovers like you connect with the great outdoors from the comfort of your own home.

Why choose our Online Nature Classes?

✔️Expert Instructors
✔️Interactive Learning
✔️Wide Range of Topics

🍁Discounted rates available for VBGA Members.

Festival of Lights

Friday, November 24 - Sunday, January 7 2024

Book your entry time online!

Step into a botanical wonderland this holiday season at VanDusen Festival of Lights. Get in the holiday spirit with the infamous Dancing Lights, explore themed light areas, and savour tasty treats from a variety of food vendors.

On Tuesday, November 28, we welcome neurodiverse individuals, their families, and caretakers to enjoy Festival of Lights in a comfortable, less crowded environment.

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Medicine Wheel Ceremony

Sunday, December 17 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Winter Solstice Medicine Wheel Ceremony

People from varying backgrounds and spiritual traditions are invited to join elders Phil Mechuskosis L’Hirondelle and Gisele L’Hirondelle from ‘All My Relations Teachings’ to celebrate the Winter Solstice and to usher in the new season.

The Medicine Wheel is a symbol of holistic teachings based on the cycles of nature. Drumming and prayers are shared at this event.

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2023 Horticulture Shows & Events

Sunday, December 31

2023 Horticulture Shows & Events

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Give the Gift of Year-Round Access to Nature!

Sunday, December 31

🎁 Give the gift of Garden Membership !

A VBGA Membership entitles the holder to year round daily access to VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory, discounts on special events such as Festival of Lights, priority registration access for our summer kids camps and much more!

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Pollinator Days 2023

Wednesday, May 29 2024 - Friday, May 31 2024

A buzz-worthy field trip experience for students to learn about pollinators and the environments that support them.

As flowers bloom around VanDusen, bring your class to explore the special relationships between plants, pollinators, and people. Over three days in June, our facilitators will promote curiosity and stewardship through fun, hands-on activities at stations throughout the Garden.

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Bloom Calendar


Monday, March 20 - Wednesday, June 21

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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Wednesday, June 21 - Friday, September 22

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

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Saturday, September 23 - Thursday, December 21

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

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Thursday, December 21 - Sunday, March 24 2024

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


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Intro to Pacific Northwest Mushrooms (Online)

Tuesday, April 4 6.30pm - 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.

Watercolour: Abundant Spring Blooms

Thursday, April 6

With a curious eye, let’s observe spring blooms!

In this three-session series, paint atmospheric, imaginative still-life paintings from fresh-cut botanicals and photo references! Susan will demonstrate wet into wet backgrounds, layering of colours, dry brush and the use of speckling and salt. Stay inspired! All levels welcome.

Introduction to Qigong

Monday, April 17 - Monday, May 1 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.

Designing Gardens for the Senses (Online)

Wednesday, April 19 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Go beyond designing a garden that looks good, and create a garden that feels and smells good too! Join Janis in this experiential and interactive class, equipping participants with the tools and understanding to create a sensory haven on your property. Explore how to design gardens that are welcoming and multi-sensory; incorporating texture, colour, scent, sound, touch, and movement into the garden.

Storytelling and Hula at Bloedel Conservatory

Thursday, April 27 - Thursday, May 4 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Join Poh Tan in this two-session storytelling time to connect with plants at Bloedel Conservatory. In addition to being a scientist, Poh is also a hula dancer, and she learned with Kumu Josie de Baat from Halau Kia’i O Ka Hula. Join us to learn a few basic steps of hula and how hula can help tell meaningful stories about our environment.

April Intro to Bird Watching

Saturday, April 29

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.