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Sakura Days Japan Fair

Saturday, April 15 2023 - Sunday, April 16 2023

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival returns to VanDusen Botanical Garden with Sakura Days Japan Fair on April 15 & 16, 2023!

Sakura Days Japan Fair celebrates all things Japan, from Japanese food and performances to arts and culture. Most activities will take place outdoors, with selected vendors, tea ceremonies, and experiences indoors. Look forward to taiko drumming, theatre performances, woodworking demonstrations, a renewed Japanese Garden display, and more!

*Special event pricing will be in effect and discounted rates are available for those with a valid VBGA membership. The Garden cannot be accessed on April 15 and 16 without an event ticket. TICKETS SOLD ONLINE ONLY.

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Family Art in the Garden: Let’s Draw Birds!

Saturday, April 22 2023 1.30pm - 3.00pm

April 22 🌎 World Earth Day Event!

Join illustrator Bea Martin in the Garden to celebrate Earth Day with a fun, all-ages drawing workshop: Let’s Draw Birds!

While being guided through the drawing workshop with easy-to-follow steps, participants will learn fun and interesting facts about some of Vancouver’s most familiar birds.

Not an artist? No problem! All skill levels are welcome in this family-friendly workshop. 

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Metro Vancouver Gardening Society: Bonsai & Flower Show

Saturday, April 29 2023 - Sunday, April 30 2023 10.00am - 3.00pm

The Metro Vancouver gardening Society Bonsai & Flower Show takes place April 29th from 10.00am – 4.00pm and April 30th from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

Admission: By donation

Bloom Calendar

Spring

Monday, March 20 2023 - Wednesday, June 21 2023

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

Wednesday, June 21 2023 - Friday, September 22 2023

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

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Fall

Saturday, September 23 2023 - Thursday, December 21 2023

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

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Winter

Thursday, December 21 2023 - Sunday, March 24

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

 

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Courses

Hand Felted Succulents

Saturday, March 9 10:00am - 1:00pm

Wool+Water+Agitation=Magic!

In this introduction to wet felting workshop, you will learn how to make a soft sculptural hand-felted succulent. Starting with a 2D flat layout of fibres, wetting it down, agitating it or felting it until it becomes a material, cutting it, fulling it and sculpting it into a 3D succulent.

You will be given different shaping and finishing options. Felting tools and fibre supplies provided.

Botanical Illustration Series

Wednesday, March 13 - Wednesday, April 17 10:00am - 1:00pm

Join local artist Katharine Dickinson for an introduction to depicting and representing plants’ character, form and colour. Explore how to draw plant subjects from the garden accurately while enhancing your observation and artistic skills in this six-session series.

In this beginner Botanical Illustration series, master the essential observational drawing techniques through engaging exercises such as gesture, contour, and volume line drawing. Learn methods for measuring dimensions, understanding foreshortening, and incorporating perspective to create realistic plant drawings.

Navigating Veggie Problems for Vibrant Gardens (Online)

Thursday, March 14 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Are you tired of facing setbacks in your vegetable garden? Eager to cultivate your own produce but unsure where to begin?

Join us for an enlightening session on the fundamentals of vegetable cultivation and how to overcome common challenges. This discussion is perfect for beginners and will provide essential guidance and a detailed exploration of typical issues. Elizabeth will equip you with the tools to enhance your success and the knowledge to address any hitches along the way.

Invasive Species: What They Are and How to Identify Them

Saturday, March 16 1:00pm - 3:00pm

If you’ve ever wondered which invasive plants live in your neighbourhood and local parks, and how to differentiate between invasive, non-native plants and our native ones this class is for you!

In this class join us for a walk around VanDusen Garden and learn about the impact of invasive species on our environment. Gain practical knowledge on how to identify, prevent, and manage them in your own green spaces.

We all have a part to play in maintaining biodiversity in our region!

Speaker Series: Acoustic Traditions of Whales (Online)

Thursday, March 21 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Presenter: Janie Wray, CEO and lead researcher for BC Whales, has studied the acoustic traditions and culture of whale behaviour for the last 24 years

This presentation will examine the acoustic traditions and culture of Orca, Humpback and Fin Whales along the coast of British Columbia. It will include a discussion on the importance of sound, a quiet ocean for whales, and the different technologies being used to record and better understand the habitat, use, and communication of whales.

Introduction to Native Plants and Meadowscaping (Online)

Thursday, March 28 - Thursday, April 4 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for an exciting two-part series on native plants and their benefits, led by Abigail Hyde from Satinflower Nurseries.

In the first session, explore the difference between native and invasive plants, understanding the crucial role of preserving native species. Abby will cover common plant families and identification tips and showcase local Vancouver Island species as ecocultural case studies, highlighting their resilience against seasonal changes.

The second session focuses on transforming properties, large or small, into native meadows, providing habitats for urban wildlife. Abby will guide you through grass removal, seeding and planting strategies, timing, expectations, and maintenance tips, equipping you with the tools to start your own meadow in areas like lawns, boulevards, and community gardens.

Ivy Basket Weaving

Saturday, March 30 10.00am - 12.00pm

Discover the art of crafting baskets and trivets from invasive English ivy. In this hands-on experience, you will learn all the steps of collecting, preparing and weaving ivy.

Enjoy refreshments while you connect with fellow participants. You’ll leave with your very own completed ivy creation. No experience is necessary; all materials are provided.