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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

Summer

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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Fall

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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Winter

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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Courses

Grow Your Own Microgreens (Online)

Saturday, July 3 10:00am - 11:30am

Microgreens can be grown at home year-round! Learn the difference between microgreens, sprouts, and baby greens – and the required growing conditions for them.

In this online class, you will gain an understanding of the systems and products that you need to grow microgreens at home. Dr. Yael Stav will demonstrate the steps to prepare your own microgreens tray and will provide you with the knowledge and resources to start your own.

Introduction to Birding (Online)

Saturday, July 10 10.30am - 12.00pm

This seasonal favourite is now being offered online by long-time VanDusen birding guide Jeremy Gordon. During this introduction to birding, he will share the best resources such as binoculars and field guides, provide tips on how to identify birds, and highlight hot birding spots in Vancouver. Jeremy will present some of the many species of birds in the Garden, and test your newly acquired ID skills in engaging ways.

Boozy Botanical Blends (Online)

Thursday, July 15 7.00pm - 8.30pm

It’s summer! What better time to broaden your entertaining toolkit with some botanical cocktails?

Creative Cocktail Consulting’s Cole Benoit will discuss botanicals you can grow in your home garden for cocktails and ideas for using and preserving them for optimal flavour. Cole will guide you to create your own sample cocktails at home, made with summer-inspired botanical ingredients; we’ll also discuss home bar basics such as tools and techniques to get started.

Watercolour Series: Summer Herbs (Online)

Thursday, July 22 - Thursday, July 29 10.00am - 12.00pm

Join this two part series with an open mind and experimental heart to capture the essence of various summer herbs. Learn to appreciate the unpredictable nature and beauty of watercolour with the guide of artist and illustrator Susan Pearson. From a light touch with delicate pencil lines using controlled washes, bringing washes to clear and sloppy wet washes, this series will use inventive techniques that will help you create subject matter in an encouraging and fun way. All levels of ability are welcome.