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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Drawing Magnolias with Pastels (Online)

Sunday, May 2 10.00am - 11.30am

Celebrate spring by joining instructor Elena Nahum Leroy to draw magnolias using soft pastels. Participants will learn how to prepare a sketch for pastel drawing, including composition and proportions. Then, split your picture into light and shadows, and identify the warm and cold colours. Use a variety of lines and techniques, and learn skills that can be applied to drawings or paintings of tulips, lilies, irises, poppies, and other flowers with distinct petals. No experience necessary.

Bird Identification Series (Online)

Tuesday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 25

The Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) and the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA) present this multi-week Bird Identification Certificate Program for the first time online.

In this course, participants will go in-depth into Bird ID, learning important foundations such as bird features, behaviours, topography, molting, and field marks. The instructor team from VARC will introduce bird songs and the categories of vocalization, as well as bird habitats. Participants will graduate from this program with a list of equipment, resources, and actions they can take to protect and identify our beloved feathered friends and take their birding skills to the next level.

Veggies on Your Patio (Online)

Saturday, May 8 1.00pm - 2.30pm

This class is perfect for urban gardeners who want to get started with growing veggies in containers, but need tips on where to start. Learn which vegetable varieties are best for patios or balconies, what the best soils and companion plants are, and which container pots to choose. Working together, with Jennifer’s assistance and demonstration, we will design the layout of a container to plant at home.

Drawing Birds (Online)

Wednesday, May 12 - Wednesday, May 19 11.00am - 1.00pm

Continuing exploring birds in your sketchbook. Study domestic and exotic birds from Bloedel Conservatory. Capture bird posture, body shape and scale of parts to the whole, adding a splash of colour.

This illustration course taught by Katharine Dickinson 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.

Planting Gardens for the Shade (Online)

Thursday, May 20 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Join landscape design and horticulture expert Janis Matson to plant a garden for your shady property. Understand partial shade, dappled shade, and dense shade. Janis brings her ample knowledge of plant selection, design principles, and growing experience to this online workshop. Learn how to manage root competition and soil conditions, while discovering which plants will succeed together in your garden.