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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

Hummingbird Banding Session ONLY

Saturday, June 4 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Join us in VanDusen’s Bird Garden for an informative and fascinating evening observing conservation research in action in support of wild birds in and around our city.

Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) team members will be conducting hummingbird & songbird banding in the Bird Garden with the goal of learning more about the bird species using the urban oasis of the Garden as habitat, contributing to research monitoring their population levels and health. This is a great way to learn about conservation science field work, the many issues facing our wild bird populations, and ways you can get involved and take action to support local birds in your own backyard.

Birdwatching Hotspots Guided Walk and Hummingbird & Songbird Banding Session

Saturday, June 4 4.00pm - 7.00pm

Enjoy Exclusive Garden After Hours Access!

Register for our Birdwatching Hotspots Guided Walk and Hummingbird Banding Session! Starting at 4pm, this experience will continue until 7pm when you will be in the Garden with your group enjoying nature after the Garden has closed. Spaces are limited.

June - Introduction to Bird Watching

Saturday, June 11 10.00am - 12.30pm

The class is designed for aspiring and beginner bird watchers to help build a foundation of knowledge and gain confidence to get out and go birding this spring.

Long-time VanDusen birding guide Jeremy Gordon is back on-site with this seasonal favourite! During this introduction, he will discuss the best birding resources such as binoculars and field guides, share tips on identifying birds, and highlight hot birding spots in Vancouver. Following a one-hour classroom presentation, Jeremy will take you for a walk to look for some of the 103 species of birds in the Garden.

Guided Walk through VanDusen Botanical Garden

Friday, June 17 3.30pm -4.30pm

Appreciate VanDusen Botanical Garden on a deeper level by joining VanDusen Garden subforeman Andrew Fleming, for a one-hour guided walk through the Garden.

Andrew will highlight plants with unique features and characteristics, making them plants of interest throughout the year. Some examples are Aralia elata, Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire,’ and Zanthoxylum americanum.

FREE Guided Bird Walk

Sunday, June 19 10.00am - 12.00pm

The Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association is delighted to present free in-person bird walks in at VanDusen Botanical Garden with experienced volunteer of 25 years, Jeremy Gordon.

Join Jeremy for a two-hour walk through the Garden to look for the many species of birds that frequent the area while he shares his enthusiasm and knowledge of the Garden’s avian inhabitants.

Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars if you have them. The walk is limited in numbers to help maintain social distancing.

FREE Natural Heritage Guided Walk through VanDusen Botanical Garden

Monday, June 20

Join a tour in the Garden with our Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator, Geronimo Alec (member of the Wet’su’wet’en Nation), on June 20th.

Geronimo will share his knowledge on the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and plants and discuss cultural and natural heritage.

Tours are free, but require registration. Garden admission is required for non-members.

Tours available at 10.00am(sold out), 1.00pm, or 3:30pm.

Drought Tolerant Gardening (In Person)

Tuesday, June 21 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Is your garden summer ready?

Prepare for the heat of summer in this course, equipping you with the knowledge to grow a drought-tolerant garden. Discover basics of design, such as exposure and soil conditions, the importance of organic matter and mulch, and the basics of irrigation and drainage.

Instructor Janis Matson will provide you with an extensive list of plant possibilities, including trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, and ground covers that thrive in dry conditions.

Growing Herbs for Humans and Bees (Online)

Thursday, June 23 6.30 - 8.00pm

Many edible and medicinal plants are a boon for humans and bees. Find out how to create a “herbaliscious” garden that fills your pantry while feeding pollinators.

This session will be presented by Lori Weidenhammer, a Vancouver performance-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She is originally from a tiny hamlet called Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan. She first became enchanted with bees in this place, bordered by wheat fields and wild prairie. She is the author of a book called Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees.

Forest Therapy Walk (In Person)

Saturday, June 25 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.

Chigiri-e Paper Art: Flowers (In Person)

Wednesday, June 29 1.30pm - 4.00pm

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form using pieces of hand-dyed washi paper to create beautiful and detailed images. The result resembles a watercolour painting with a delicate texture. In this hands-on, creative art workshop, you will practice handcrafting skills, learn step-by-step Chigiri-e paper techniques and create two art pieces. Supplies included.