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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

Botanical Drawing and Painting Summer Flowers (Online)

Wednesday, July 6 - Wednesday, July 20

Improve your drawing skills to capture more realistic depictions of flowers. Instructed by local artist, Katherine Dickinson, her demonstrations will guide you through a variety of exercises used to study a flower’s posture and character through line, shape, structure and form, identifying critical angles and accurate proportions.

Experiment with watercolour washes, mixing colours to match the flower’s natural colours and adding dry brush texture markings.

Plants for Pollinators

Saturday, July 9 10.00am - 12.00pm

July 9, 10.00am

Make your garden more attractive to pollinators!

Learn how to plan a 4-season pollinator garden that will provide food and other resources for urban insects, as well as encourage nesting sites for these species in your area.

Join instructors Sangeeta Thomas and Neil Dumont on a walk and talk through VanDusen Garden where they will discuss how to use plants to build a habitat that will support a variety of bees, hummingbirds and butterflies!

July Forest Therapy Walk (In Person)

Sunday, July 10 10.00am - 12.30pm

Discover the regenerative power of body and mind in nature with Kristine Koster, certified Forest Therapy Guide. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, forest therapy 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 therapy boosts immune systems and supports healing. The walk concludes by sharing wildcrafted tea and treats in the Garden.

Wildlife-Friendly Gardening (Online)

Thursday, July 21 6.30pm 8.00pm

Gardens come in all shapes, sizes and types. No matter what kind of outdoor space you have, you can incorporate elements and practices that benefit local wildlife. Learn how to select native plants, avoid invasive species, enhance habitat, and other sustainable gardening techniques and tips.

Bumblebee ID & Walk (In Person)

Saturday, July 23 10.00am - 12.30pm

Certified Master Beekeeper Brian Campbell will cover the basics of bumblebee identification to help you get started on this fascinating adventure while exploring the Garden as a bumblebee reserve.

Bumblebees are critical pollinators for BC native plants. During this walk, you will watch bumblebees at work in the Garden and begin to understand their relationship to flowers.