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VanDusen Festival of Lights

Tuesday, December 8 - Sunday, January 3 2021

Reimagined for 2020, visitors will have the opportunity to take in the festival and experience the wonder of the winter season in a magical outdoor garden setting with themed areas, unique light features, and holiday music. VBGA Member discount available with valid current membership.

Tickets will not be sold onsite to limit contact between visitors and staff.

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Winter Solstice Gathering

Sunday, December 20 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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Bloom Calendar

Winter

Monday, December 21 - Friday, March 19 2021

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

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Spring

Saturday, March 20 2021 - Sunday, June 20 2021

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 2021 - Wednesday, September 22 2021

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

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Courses

Grow your own Microgreens & Sprouts (Online)

Tuesday, December 1 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Get your greens this winter! Microgreens and sprouts can be grown at home all year round. Learn the difference between these types of plants, and the required growing conditions for each. In this online class, you will gain an understanding of the systems and products that you need to grow greens at home. Dr. Yael Stav will demonstrate the steps to prepare your own microgreens tray or sprouting jar, and will provide you with the knowledge and resources to start your own. Buy your own sprouting kit from VanDusen and complement this class with hands-on learning.

Winter Succulent Gardening (Online)

Saturday, December 5 10:00am - 11:30am

Don’t let the winter stop you from growing a beautiful outdoor succulent garden. With VanDusen’s classes offered online, this is your chance to see an outdoor backyard succulent oasis, located on Bowen Island, BC! Get an in-depth look at the growing design and techniques of a succulent savvy gardener in Zone 8. Learn about appropriate plants for a Canadian winter succulent garden, as well as indoor tips on grow lights, set-up, and propagation. Whether you’re growing in a low water or rocky context, Melinda can help you get great-looking succulents all year round.

Watercolour Painting for Beginners (Online)

Saturday, January 16 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join Susan Pearson for this beginner’s class in watercolour painting. Whether you’re painting a still life, botanical subject, landscape, or abstract expression Susan will guide you through colour mixing, and the techniques of applying paint to paper. Experiment with wet into wet, wet on dry, and bringing colours to clear in this fun and foundational workshop.

Landscape Design Series (Online)

Tuesday, January 19 2021 - Tuesday, February 2 2021

Whether you’re designing a small green entrance to your home or an expansive backyard oasis, this online class will equip you with the essential principles of landscape design. Join Janis Matson, horticulturist and owner of Shoreline Landscape Design, for this 3-part workshop series. Learn foundational concepts of design, such as soil, slope, sun exposure, and irrigation. Expand your learning with the principles and elements of design like focal points, scale, colour, balance, and more. Bring photos or drawings of your garden and work on your own property’s design with feedback and insight from the instructor. Leave inspired and ready to design your garden.

Supporting Wild Birds Through Winter (Online)

Saturday, January 23 2021 10:00am - 11:30am

Join the VBGA and the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) to explore how birds benefit our ecosystems. Take a closer look at species that stay year-round, and how to help them survive through the colder months. This talk will delve into the challenges birds face and the science helping to protect them. Learn what you can do to create bird-friendly spaces helping our feathered friends thrive.

Design Your Indoor Micro-Farm (Online)

Saturday, February 6 2021 10am - 11:45am

Transform your home or small garden into an urban micro-farm in this online lecture presented by sustainable design professional Dr. Yael Stav. In this holistic class, explore living walls, vermi-compost, window farms, and other indoor planting systems to add edible greenery to your home without taking up much space. Learn principles of planning your garden, managing water and light requirements, and which plants are most suitable.

Botanical Illustration Level 1 (Online)

Wednesday, February 10 2021 - Wednesday, February 24 2021

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 a beginner level of botanical drawing. Instructor Katharine Dickinson will guide students through contour and gesture drawing exercises, followed by longer studies using line and tonal drawing techniques.