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


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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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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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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Watercolour: Merging Art with Nature! (Online)

Thursday, June 3 10.00am - 12.00pm

Illustrator Susan Pearson will guide you on painting watercolour flowers that bloom in June, incorporating a piece of art. This class will help you learn the necessary techniques to express scenic beauty. Participants will experiment with creating colour swatches to use in painting before starting to work on still life compositions.

All levels of abilities are welcome. You will gain confidence with your practice in this fun, relaxed, and supportive environment.

Designing Gardens for Lower Maintenance (Online)

Thursday, June 10 7.00pm -8.30pm

What is low maintenance in the garden? And, how to achieve it? These are the main questions landscape design and horticulture expert Janis Matson will cover in this course while bringing her ample knowledge and experience.

Ideally created for homeowners and garden enthusiasts, this class will focus on plant selection and includes essential maintenance tips such as soil preparation, mulching, and watering.

Medicinal Plant Walk (Online)

Saturday, June 19 10:30am - 12:00pm

Whether you are making changes favouring health, amazed by medicinal properties in plants, or simply a nature lover, join this virtual walk through  VanDusen guided by Medical Herbalist Katolen Yardley. This course will give you the tools to further your knowledge on the many aspects of plant-based medicine, including a focus on using plants for home-based first aid.

Spiral Herb Gardens (Online)

Saturday, June 26 10.00am - 11.30am

A spiral garden for herbs makes optimal use of three-dimensional space through a classic, naturally beautiful design. As different areas of the spiral garden have varying amounts of sun exposure and drainage, microclimates are created, enabling a diversity of plant species to grow in a small area.

Learn how to set up your own spiral garden as an easy DIY project with Sustainability Consultant Yael Stav, Ph.D..

The result is compact, accessible, thoughtful, and aesthetically pleasing – making it a  wonderful centerpiece in your garden. Great for school and community gardens too!