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Guardians of the Garden: Conifer Champion Challenge

Saturday, June 11 - Wednesday, August 31

Guardians of the Garden returns to VanDusen with an all new challenge!

Participate in the Conifer Champion Challenge from June 11 to August 31 and complete the activity to collect your second GOG badge and prize.

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Summer Food Truck Series

Friday, July 15 - Sunday, August 28

Join us this summer for our weekend food truck series at VanDusen!

Starting July 15, select vendors will be located at the Lathhouse with a variety of options. Come hungry and bring a blanket to enjoy a picnic on the lower Great Lawn, or wander through the Garden and enjoy your food on the go!

Regular admission or membership is required for entry.

Click here to see schedule!

Taste of the Garden Series at Shaughnessy Restaurant

Thursday, July 21 - Friday, September 30

The Taste of the Garden series is back at Shaughnessy Restaurant this summer!Enjoy a unique garden-to-table dining experience with fresh produce from the VanDusen Vegetable Garden! Chef Matthew Phillip has created a rotating menu with produce, botanicals, and herbs that will be highlighted to inspire what local, urban, sustainable cuisine is all about.

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Exhibition: Chigiri-e Paper Art

Wednesday, August 24

by Leanne Lai

Chigiri-e Paper Art at VanDusen Library’s Roberta Mickelson Gallery is a cross section of paintings from artist and musician Leanne Lai.

Twenty-one years ago, Leanne began learning a Japanese artform called Chigiri-e—using hand-dyed paper (washi) to make pictures—and has studied under several masters in Taiwan.

View a selection of her artworks at VanDusen Library’s Roberta Mickelson Gallery until August 24, 2022. (Open Monday – Wednesday 10am – 3pm).

Read more about Leanne here!

FREE Teacher Open House

Thursday, September 1 10.00am - 12.00pm

Calling all educators! FREE Teacher Open House at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Meet our Education Team & learn about:

Field Trips (guided & self-guided)
Professional Development Workshops (online & in-person)
Free access for teachers to our Adult Education courses
Teacher resources available in VanDusen’s Library

Enjoy a guided tour of the Garden with our Education facilitators before continuing to explore the Garden on your own for the afternoon.

Online Preregistration Required!

Vancouver Dahlia Society: Dahlia Show

Saturday, September 3 - Sunday, September 4 12.00pm - 3.30pm

Vancouver Dahlia Society: Dahlia Show

September 3: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
September 4: 12.00pm – 3.30pm

Location:Floral Hall & Cedar Room, VanDusen Botanical Garden

Entrance: By Donation

For more information contact: vancouverdahliasociety@gmail.com

Medicine Wheel Ceremony

Sunday, September 18 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Sunday September 18th, 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Registration not required.

Join elders Phil Mechuskosis L’Hirondelle (Nêhiyaw (Cree) and British heritage) and Gisele L’Hirondelle (Métis from New Brunswick) to celebrate the Fall Equinox and to usher in the new season.

The Medicine Wheel is a symbol of holistic teachings based on the cycles of nature. People from varying backgrounds and spiritual traditions are invited to gather to celebrate the beginning of a new season in a beautiful outdoors setting at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Drumming, singing, and prayers will be shared. The ceremony concludes with a potluck/sharing of food (optional).

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Bloom Calendar

Fall

Wednesday, September 22 2021 - Tuesday, December 21 2021

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

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Summer

Wednesday, June 22 - Thursday, September 22

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

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Winter

Wednesday, December 21 - Monday, March 20 2023

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

 

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Courses

Easy Ecology Walk at Bowen Island (In Person)

Sunday, August 7 10.00am - 12.00pm

With a focus on plants, explore the native biodiversity on Bowen Island on a gentle walk along shaded forest trails. Led by former VBGA Education Director Gillian Drake, we will discuss our local ecosystems and identify native ferns, trees, and more.

Tour will start at the library, 30m from the ferry dock (no car needed), and will finish in time to board the 1:15 pm ferry back to Horseshoe Bay. Consider making a day of it and visit Bowen’s many cafes, shops and galleries within walking distance of the ferry.

 

Storytelling & Hula at Bloedel Conservatory

Friday, August 12 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Join Poh Tan in this storytelling time to connect with plants at Bloedel Conservatory. In addition to being a scientist, Poh is a hula dancer who will share connections with specific plants found in Bloedel through storytelling and hula from Hawai’i. Join us to learn a few basic steps of hula and how hula can help tell meaningful stories about our environment.

For this activity, you need to bring a sarong or a cloth that you can wrap around your hips to be able to dance. No previous experience with hula is needed!

'Plants for Birds' Program and Hummingbird & Songbird Banding

Saturday, August 13 4.00pm - 7.00pm

Join us on August 13 from 4pm to 5pm for the ‘Plants for Birds’ program featuring a guided walk highlighting plants that are beneficial for local birds.  Your program will be guided by our Adult and Family Programs Manager and bird & plant enthusiast, Jessica Henry.

The evening will continue with an informative and fascinating session of Songbird & Hummingbird Banding from 5pm-7pm after the Garden has closed.

August Qigong Series (In Person)

Tuesday, August 16 - Tuesday, August 30

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 three-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.

State of the World's Birds & How to Save them (Online)

Thursday, August 18 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Join Sheri Ellenberger from the Vancouver Avian Research Centre to explore the top human-related causes of bird loss in the world today and what is required to save them.

Our birds face significant dangers, such as pesticides, powerlines, vehicles, agriculture, glass and cats. We will examine what makes these issues especially harmful as a first step toward empowering meaningful action.

We aim to spread a positive message of hope while sharing great resources to help you take action for birds, whether from home, school, or work.

Forest Bathing

Saturday, August 20 10.00am - 12.30pm

Come discover the regenerative power of body and mind in nature with Kristine Koster, certified Forest Therapy Guide. The Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, forest bathing, is the eco-antidote to modern-day stress. Kristine will lead you through a variety of gentle activities in the Garden, all designed to promote relaxation, wellness, and connection.

Learn how the practice of forest bathing boosts our immune system and supports healing. The walk concludes by sharing wildcrafted tea and treats in the Garden.

Guided Walk through VanDusen Botanical Garden (In Person)

Friday, August 26 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Appreciate VanDusen Botanical Garden on a deeper level by joining Garden Superintendent Laura Principe, for a one-hour guided walk.

Laura will talk about VanDusen’s infrastructure that supports the collection of plants, focusing on irrigation and drainage. Also, she will include information about the aquifer, pond and waterfall systems.

Create a Garden Children Will Love (In Person)

Saturday, August 27 10.00am - 11.30am

Gardens no matter how small, are great places for children to learn about life, boost creativity, develop hands-on skills, and learn about the intricacies and wonders of nature!

Join instructor Sangeeta Thomas at VanDusen Botanical Garden and learn what children enjoy most in a garden, which plants they are intrigued by and want to nurture, as well as ways to include your child in your garden maintenance while having fun! 🐛