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Monday, March 1 - Wednesday, March 31

Recorded Presentation: Page Dickey: Uprooted

From the comfort of your own home, be an armchair traveler to the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
At your leisure, let renowned garden writer and designer Page Dickey take you on a journey of garden reinvention in her 45-minute recorded presentation for the VBGA on her new book, Uprooted. Viewers of this literary webinar are eligible for a discount on the book Uprooted from the VBGA Library. Learn more!

Guardians of the Garden: Bee Strong Challenge

Friday, March 12 - Monday, April 5

Suitable for ages 4 – 10

Help us build a kinder environment for our hardworking pollinators by becoming a VanDusen Guardian of the Garden. Join us this spring for the Bee Strong Challenge to learn more about our pollinator friends, and how we can do our part to protect them. Complete the Bee Strong Challenge and collect your Bee Strong badge and reward for your hard work!

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Spring Equinox Gathering

Sunday, March 21 12:00pm - 1:30pm

If you ever wondered what VanDusen’s Medicine Wheel Ceremony is about but never made it to an in-person celebration, this is your opportunity to participate in an online ceremony through Zoom!

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March Online Speaker Series: The Early Days of Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, March 23 6:30 - 7:30pm

Presented by: Tim van den Boog

Learn about the history of botanical gardens in Europe, why they were founded, and how the early botanists created their plant collections. Tim will discuss early gardens, famous botanists and some interesting plants!

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Spring Soil Sale Cancelled

Thursday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 28

Due to current restrictions the Spring Soil Sale is cancelled.

Cancelled: 2021 VanDusen Plant Sale

Sunday, April 25

It is with great regret that we, the VanDusen Plant Sale committee have decided once again to cancel the 2021 VanDusen Plant Sale.

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Bloom Calendar

Spring

Saturday, March 20 - Sunday, June 20

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

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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Courses

Introduction to House Plants (Online)

Tuesday, March 2 6:30pm - 8:00pm

There has never been a better time to get more greenery into your home. Join Alexandria Thompson, gardener for GreenSpace Plants Inc. to learn the basics of indoor plant care. Learn how to select and care for indoor plants based on your growing conditions; including light exposure, humidity, soil, and pest control. Alexandria will provide a foundation to identify general care based on plant families and their characteristics, and provide hands-on demonstrations with her own house plants.

Illustrating Birds (Online)

Tuesday, March 9 - Tuesday, March 16 6:00pm - 8:00pm

This illustration course will bring the fun of drawing to the world of birds. Strengthen your observation skills for studying birds, while developing your illustration skills. In the first class of this 2-part series, capture the plain form and essential bird features with simple sketches. In the second class, explore adding touches of watercolour to your drawing. After this course, you’ll have the confidence to bring your sketchpad out to the park, or to VanDusen Garden, or Bloedel Conservatory, and connect to birdwatching through art.

Botany of Bud (Online)

Saturday, March 20 10:00am - 11:30am

In this workshop, Cannareps Headmaster Adolfo Gonzalez joins the VBGA community to provide an introductory class on the botany of Cannabis. Learn the basics of speciation and the morphological differences between plants. Adolfo’s instruction will feature bud dissection and a lesson in their key components. This class will investigate trichomes under an electronic microscope, and give participants a better understanding of the active and biochemical components of cannabis. Must be 19+ to attend.

A Story of Wild Plant Medicines (Online)

Thursday, March 25 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join Indigenous Herbalist Lori Snyder as she weaves the stories of wild plants and shares the ways our ancestors gathered them for food and medicine. Learn to identify the most common wild plants (weeds) that grow in your backyard or local parks, and tap into the wisdom of their teachings. In this session, you are invited to turn off your screen to listen and discover for yourself who is growing around you that may be helpful for your health and the health of other species living with us.