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Adult Education at VanDusen

Sunday, October 25 2020 - Monday, January 31

Check out our upcoming Adult Education classes!

This Fall we have a mix of in-person and online classes!

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Visiting the Gardens!

Friday, October 1 2021 - Monday, January 31

Starting January 1, 2022, all tickets will be sold on site for both VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory.

Members can simply scan in their membership cards at both VanDusen and Bloedel for entry.

Learn about the Covid-19 safety measures being taken at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory Proof of vaccination is required for certain facilities, events and programming.

 

 

2022 Speaker Series: Gardening in the Elizabethan Era

Monday, January 24 6.30pm 7.30pm

In this talk, Spencer W. Stuart will discuss one of the first books published in English on gardening, Thomas Hill’s ‘A Most Briefe and Pleasaunte Treatise, Teaching How to Dresse, Sowe, and Set a Garden’ (1563).

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Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, January 26 10.00am - 10.45m

The Warmth and Wonder of Winter Foods

In this month’s FREE IN PERSON program we will sing songs, listen to stories and complete an art project relating to our theme. January’s event will be held outdoors in a covered area just outside the library.

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Spring Break Camps 2022

Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 25

Spring Break Camps at VanDusen Botanical Garden are full-day outdoor camps that allow children to learn about the natural environment through engaging hands-on activities, games, crafts, and experiments!

Member* Priority Registration opens: Tuesday, January 18th at 12:00pm (noon)

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*Must hold a ‘Family‘ or ‘Individual + One Child Membership‘. Memberships must be purchased before January 14th to receive priority registration access.

Bloom Calendar

Winter

Tuesday, December 21 2021 - Saturday, March 19

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

 

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Spring

Sunday, March 20 - Tuesday, 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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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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Courses

Winter Watercolour Meetups! (In Person)

Thursday, January 13 10.00am - 12.30pm

In this 6-week program, artist and illustrator Susan Pearson will share her skills and techniques pertaining to the colours you find in the winter months. Snow-covered mountains, landscapes and snowdrops, with just the white of the paper! Textured and muted colours of winter foliage!

You will be working from photographs and fresh cuts from the Garden for inspiration. Susan’s group and individual instructions ensure that each participant can progress at their own pace as they develop techniques such as layering of colour, wet in to wet and dry brush. This course is suitable for novices or those seeking a refresher on watercolour techniques.

 

Creative Photography 2 (In Person)

Saturday, January 15 10.00am - 3.00pm

Build on your understanding of photography principles, and explore speed and lighting effects. Using traditional techniques such as shooting in black & white, you will dive deeper into what makes a great photograph and why. During the class, you will have the chance to go outdoors to the Garden and capture winter’s vibes from your unique point of view; the class will finish with a feedback session.

This class is for people who have taken class #1 or have previous knowledge and experience and wish to develop their skills.

How to Start Seedlings Indoors (Online)

Tuesday, January 18 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Another planting calendar is starting, bringing back the joy of getting your hands dirty! If you are a beginner gardener wanting to create your food garden from seeds, it’s better to start early, and this is the perfect class to receive instructions on how to do it.

Join Jennifer Lipka, an MSc Student at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems of UBC, who has plenty of practical experience and will discuss what seeds you need to start indoors and when, how to start seeds indoors and what you’ll need, considering many budgets. Additionally, the class will cover the soil to use, containers and grow lights to buy. The session will finish with a demonstration.

2022 Speaker Series: Gardening in the Elizabethan Era

Monday, January 24 6.30pm - 7.30pm

In this presentation, Spencer W. Stuart will discuss one of the first books published in English on gardening, Thomas Hill’s ‘A Most Briefe and Pleasaunte Treatise, Teaching How to Dresse, Sowe, and Set a Garden’ (1563).

A product of Elizabethan Period, Hill’s book offered a compendium of tools as well as techniques from beekeeping to making flower beds. Evidence of its popularity can be seen in the many reprints throughout the 16th Century under the title of ‘The Profitable Arte of Gardening’.