Fall Adult Education at VanDusen

Friday, September 1 - Sunday, December 31

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and nature is putting on a spectacular show – it’s the perfect time to explore the great outdoors and deepen your connection with the natural world.

Our Fall Adult Education Nature Classes are back, and we invite you to embark on an enriching journey of discovery and learning this autumn.

Why choose our Fall Adult Education Gardening Classes?
✔️Experienced Instructors
✔️Hands-On Learning

Browse our fall course offerings here!
🍁Discounted rates available for VBGA Members.

Harvest Days

Saturday, October 7 - Sunday, October 29

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

Harvest Days is open on Saturdays and Sundays in October starting October 7, plus Monday, October 9, and Friday, October 20. The event runs from 9 am to 4pm.

VBGA Members receive free entry to the event and do not require a ticket for entry.


Vancouver Mycological Society: Annual Mushroom Show

Sunday, October 22 11.00am - 4.00pm

Vancouver Mycological Society: Annual Mushroom Show

Location: Floral Hall & Cedar Room, VanDusen Botanical Garden

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Point Grey Chrysanthemum Association: Flower Show

Saturday, November 4 10.00am - 3.00pm

Point Grey Chrysanthemum Association Flower Show

Location: Cedar Room at VanDusen Botanical Garden

For more information contact 604.980.4656 or

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2023 Horticulture Shows & Events

Sunday, December 31

2023 Horticulture Shows & Events

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Bloom Calendar


Monday, March 20 - Wednesday, June 21

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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Wednesday, June 21 - Friday, September 22

Summer in the Garden features vibrant colours and fragrant smells for our visitors to enjoy.

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Saturday, September 23 - Thursday, December 21

Autumn colours are absolutely stunning at the Garden, and there are plenty of blooms still showing.

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Thursday, December 21 - Sunday, March 24 2024

The winter Garden features muted colour palettes, stunning silhouettes and a scattering of colour with winter berries and blooms.


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Chigiri-e Paper Art Series

Friday, September 8 12:00pm - 2:30pm

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 two-session workshop, you will practice handcrafting skills, learn step-by-step Chigiri-e paper techniques and create two art pieces. Supplies included.

Vermicomposting: From Waste to Gold

Saturday, September 9 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for a session on the fundamentals and advantages of worm composting –a remarkable method to nurture vibrant and thriving gardens that surpasses traditional composting in efficiency.

During this workshop, delve into the world of worm composting, discovering its potential for generating an effective and organic fertilizer using your own supply. Not only will you learn how to minimize the organic waste leaving your household, but you will also witness the magic of microorganisms that enrich the biodiversity in your soil, promoting a flourishing ecosystem!

FREE Guided Bird Walk

Sunday, September 10 10.00am - 12.00pm

The Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association is delighted to present free in-person bird walks 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. Online pre-registration is required.

Sunday 10 – SOLD OUT

Sunday 17 – Register now!

Multisensory Nature Immersion

Saturday, September 16 10:00am - 12:30pm

Escape the stress of the modern world and immerse yourself in the soothing tranquility of the Garden. This guided immersion isn’t just a walk in the park – it’s a slow and gentle journey that invites you to engage all your senses, promoting profound connections with the beautiful surroundings.

Tara will guide you through diverse plant species, inviting you to bask in the lush soundscape and fully absorb the calming power of nature. This practice, known as shinrin-yoku or forest bathing, is backed by evidence-based research indicating that it can reduce stress, increase focus and creativity, and improve sleep and overall wellness.

September Intro to Bird Watching

Saturday, September 23 10:00am - 12:30pm

Long-time VanDusen birding guide Jeremy Gordon is back on-site with this seasonal favourite! During this introductory level class, he will discuss the best birding resources, such as binoculars and field guides, share tips on identifying local & migratory birds, and highlight hot birding spots around Vancouver. Following a one-hour classroom presentation, Jeremy will take you for a walk to look for some of the 106 species of birds in the Garden.

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.

Chinese Medicinal Plant Walk

Sunday, September 24 10:00am - 12:30pm

Discover the healing potential of Chinese medicinal plants in this immersive walk at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Gain insights into their identification, uses, and daily life applications for promoting health and well-being. Learn to integrate these natural wonders into your health practices for lasting benefits.

During this interactive experience, you will be able to familiarize yourself with the identification and characteristics of 20 selected medicinal plants within the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Unlock a world of natural remedies for a healthier you.

Rae Warner Speaker Series: Beatrix Potter: Beyond Peter Rabbit

Tuesday, September 26 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Beatrix Potter was a woman of many interests and ambitions. However, we often come to know only one of these, her children’s books. Renowned for her fabulous Peter Rabbit storybook illustrations at the turn of the Century, Potter was also involved in the study of fungi (mycology) and, later in life, land conservancy efforts in Britain.

For this in person series join returning lecturer Spencer W. Stuart as he explores three facets of Potter’s life. Beginning with her extraordinarily successful children’s tales, of which she published twenty-three, he will delve into Potter’s lesser-known involvement with the study of mycology through scientific illustration as well as writing.