Exhibition: Garden of Earthly Delights

Thursday, September 15 - Friday, December 16

For over a decade, Vancouver’s en plein air group have painted together outdoors in the city’s most beautiful locations from Iona Beach, to Stanley Park, to the Cleveland Dam. Their favourite spot from which to glean inspiration is VanDusen Botanical Garden, beloved for its worldliness, enchantment, colours, textures and forms.

From September 15th to December 16th 2022, their new exhibition ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’, which features paintings of different areas and seasons at VanDusen, will be on display in the Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre. Come and view these gorgeous works in oil, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media from artists Susanne Kestner; Elahe Nour Bakhsh; Susan Morson; Riitta Peirone; Toni Ludski; Graham Good; Elizabeth Austin; and Margaret Lawther.

See these artworks at Roberta Mickelson Gallery in the Yosef Wosk Library (in the VanDusen Visitor Centre) 10.00am -3.00pm Monday – Wednesday until December 16.

Harvest Days

Saturday, October 1 - Sunday, October 30

Celebrate the fall season at VanDusen Botanical Garden with Harvest Days! Our veggie garden and maze area will be transformed for fall with fun photo areas, activities and entertainment, tasty treats and more. Visitors of all ages are welcome. Please book a time slot online in advance.

Harvest Days is open all Saturdays and Sundays in October, plus Monday, October 10, and Friday, October 21.

VBGA Members must book a ticket online and present both the ticket and their membership card for scanning upon arrival.


All-Candidates Forum: Park Board Commissioners

Wednesday, October 12 7.00pm - 9.00pm

We are now at capacity for audience attendees.

On October 12, 2022 from 7.00pm – 9.00pm VBGA is hosting an All Candidates Public Forum for the election of the new Park Board Commissioners.

As VBGA is currently in negotiations with the Vancouver Park Board for our upcoming JOA, the future composition of Park Board is important to us.

*Registration required!



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Vancouver Mycological Society: Annual Mushroom Show

Sunday, October 23 11.00am - 4.00pm

Vancouver Mycological Society: Annual Mushroom Show

Entrance: $3.00 p/p
Location: Floral Hall & Cedar Room, VanDusen Botanical Garden

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2022 Horticulture Shows & Events

Tuesday, November 1 - Saturday, December 31

2022 Horticulture Shows & Events

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Bloom Calendar


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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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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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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Botanical Illustration (Online)

Thursday, September 23 2021 - Thursday, October 7 2021 10.00am - 12.00pm

Learn how to draw plants from an aesthetic and botanical perspective while improving your observation and artistic skills. This 3-session course is ideal for anyone wishing to approach botanical drawing from a beginner level in the comfort of their own home. Participants will be given step-by-step instructions on how to progress through botanical drawing projects using graphite pencils. Instructor Katharine Dickinson will guide participants through contour and gesture drawing exercises, followed by longer studies using line and tonal drawing techniques.

Plants to Make an Autumn Garden Pop! (Online)

Tuesday, October 19 2021 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Which plants can we enjoy in gardens that produce vitality, movement, sound, and pizazz this fall? Janis Matson will address how to incorporate bark, fruit, foliage, and flowers to enhance autumnal colour, texture and form. After this class, you will understand how to enjoy the dynamics of the changing seasons while adding warmth and a welcome into fall.

Series: How to Spot an Alien Invader (Online)

Wednesday, October 20 2021 - Wednesday, October 27 2021 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Ever wondered what plants live in your neighbourhood and local parks? How do you know which ones are invasive? After learning some basic plant identification skills, discover some of the priority invasive species in the region. Access resources and learn what can be done about even the most harmful alien invaders in this two-part series.

Instructor Tasha Murray is Executive Director of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver and has been involved in conservation in the Pacific Northwest for over twenty years.

Watercolour Series: Colours of Autumn (In person class)

Thursday, October 21 2021 - Thursday, October 28 2021 10.00am - 12.30pm

Illustrator and Artist Susan Pearson will guide this class through watercolour exercises to explore the season’s shifting colours in this two-part series.

Whether your subject matter is bright apples, crimson leaves, or autumn foliage (silver twigs and delicate seed heads), you will explore, what Susan calls, the watercolour vocabulary!

Her demonstrations and techniques, as well as one on one individual attention, will inspire and prompt you to create beautiful watercolours.

This course is suitable for beginners to intermediates.